Re: [RML] Forktail Rainbowfish

Roy Hunter (Rainbows01 at
Thu, 9 Jan 1997 16:24:47 -0700

John has a good point, unfortunately most retailers dont see it that way
and it is a shame. Most of them are in it for the buck and if they can get
crap bows for $1.50 and sell them for $15-20 there in no motivation for
them to pay $4.00 (in hard cash not trade) for good quality fish. The odd
thing is that you still see this in Australia as well. I did go to a few
good shops and the good bows, well trifasciatas sold for around $20AUD (St.
Kilda Aquarium in Melbourne) Even in Brisbane at Smiths Aquarium Tris were
$15AUD but you could get nice duboulayi (tank raised BTW) for $5 but that
is the local fish you often find when collecting in that area. They did
still have their fair share of bad fish that were labeled improperly or
called some strange name...

Those of you needing to sell fish I can usually help, I have a wholesaler
that has a good market and he typically will buy them for 2-3 dollars ea at
a smaller size, bad thing is he usually only wants 20-30. So if the need
arises let me know....

Roy Hunter
ANGFA of North America
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> From: ambush at
> To: rainbowfish at
> Subject: Re: [RML] Forktail Rainbowfish
> Date: Thursday, January 09, 1997 1:35 PM
> >
> > Questions for the day...
> >
> > 1. When selling or trading rainbowfish to fish stores, how much should
> > one charge and what size should on try to raise the fish to?
> >
> > 2. What are the general rules for shipping eggs. Being new to this
> > obsession (oops hobby), I am interested in obtaining new species,
> > especially blue-eyes.
> >
> > Thanks, gang.
> >
> >
> On question 1, a friend who owns a fish store told me that local fish
> stores should be willing to pay more for locally bred fish for two
> reasons. The first reason being that the fish have most likely been
> raised in the local water and have not had to endure long trips through
> the mail. The second reason is that locally bred fish should be of
> higher quality in terms of bieing pure breds and not being line bred.
> For fish that the stores can get from distributers I was told that stores

> should be willing to pay twice what they can get them for because serious

> hobbysts will be willing to pay more for locally bread fish. For rare
> fish that the stores can't get from distributers, you will have to
> with them. My attitude is, I want to make enough money off my fish to
> cover my fish costs such as food and supplies. I think it is important
> to get quality fish into the hobby and this is my main reason for
> selling my fish to the stores.
> I will leave question 2 for the REAL experts ;)
> John Dowden
> Rainbowfish Study Group