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Re: [Killietalk] New collections was N. steinforti
I fully endorse & support every comment made by Tony Terceira regarding wild
imports & costs.
In the UK we have put some fantastic fish from imports into auctions only to
get £1 for our efforts (or an even bigger insult the dreaded 'NOT SOLD'). We
don't do this for money, rather to keep the spirit of killie keeping alive &
distribute wild fish in the hope that they will take somewhere & be around
the following year.
This was the main reason we set up the BKA conservation project to divert
these imports straight into breeders tanks rather than to the open market.
Guess what, it works.
When an import is common enough with breeders they are put into auctions.
I digress from the spirit of the original subject but both Tony & I are in
similar positions where we have access to wild killies (some of these come
from the same shippers). I'm sure I can speak for Tony here in saying we are
only doing what any member in a similar position should & would do to help
support killie maintenance projects be it an association endorsed project or
What if no killie savy person was at the point of import. None of these fish
would go to breeders competent in breeding & distributing them.
I do feel however that we are in an overload situation regarding new
imports, new private collections (& new species) which make conservation
efforts impossible even Internationally for everything coming in. This is a
relatively new phenomenon & one which is very hard to control.
For example, how do we say what we should keep going & what we should let
go? A real nightmare scenario when you really think about it.
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