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Re: Species Maintenance for Andrew Broome
> What is the situation, Andrew, in New Zealand ... killifish wise?
> Is there no legal method to import killies?
Most killifish species (several North American species are specifically
banned) are perfectly legal to import and for hobbyists to keep in NZ.
The catch is that only licenced commercial importers can import
live fish and they source the vast majority of their fish from Singapore
based exporters. It's much easier for them to import squillions of
guppies or neon tetras from their usual suppliers rather chase
around looking for someone to sell them killies. Also, once they're
here, there are only a few people (like 20 or 30) who would
even know what they were...
> It is good to hear from you after all these months. The annual
> convention in Tampa over Memorial Day weekend was so long
I enjoyed my time in Florida and would like to return one day.
Probably not in the immediate (ie one to two years) future though.
> Take good care of your killies
> and try to convince the authorities they are not a danger to
> your native fish.
I support the importation laws we have in NZ. We (like Florida
in many ways) have proven to be a very fertile destination for
exotic species which can easily become pests and so we don't
need more problems on that front.
Then again, as a hobbyist, it can be a bit frustrating at times.
Especially when travelling and seeing all the available fish
overseas but knowing you can't take any home...
Occasionally we do get some killies legally imported. Usually
it's something like one of the Aplocheilus species or (oddly)
Jordanella floridae. Very rarely (like once or twice a decade)
it's something else, generally a non-annual.
NZDRI, Palmerston North
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