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Re: SAE Almost

In a message dated 4/29/99 2:50:51 AM Central Daylight Time, 
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:

<< Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 20:27:22 -0500
 From: Kelly Beard <apistogramma at home_com>
 Subject: Came close to an SAE today
 Was in Iowa City Tuesday and Wednesday for a little business excursion. 
 I've made it a point to visit local fish stores when I get done for the
 day.  Went to a place that sold pets, feed and seed (gardening stuff). 
 Their tanks and general condition of fish were not great.  But, in a
 tank I saw fish that I knew where SAEs.  Went back to work and went to
 thekrib to confirm.  Yep.  I asked the guy about buying all (5) of them
 and taking them back with me to Nashville.  He assurred me they wouldn't
 make it because they didn't have pure O2 to pump in the bags.  So, not
 wanting to kill fish, I opted to not chance it.  D*mn.  At least I got
 his suppliers phone #.  Maybe Nashville will have SAEs yet. >>

This pet shop owner certainly did not know his stuff. I have travelled 
extensively all over the US in the last year and have brought back numerous 
fish from all over some of them stayed in the bags for 2-3 days. None of them 
had added O2 and all survived the ordeal.
Next time you see fish you want just buy them, take them back to your hotel 
and rebag them individually and they should easily survive a day or two in 
the bag, also pick up the fish at the end of your trip so that the time in 
the bags is reduced.
If you go back there on business I would not hesitate to buy them and bring 
them home.


John van Rompu
Toronto, Ontario, Canada