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Re: [Killietalk] Raising New, Wild & Rare fish
Thanks and Amen Monty Joe S
On May 14, 2008, at 11:50 PM, Monty R. lehmann wrote:
> Hi Fellow Killinuts,
> I must comment on raising killies new to the hobby or being
> outbid at the convention by deep pockets. The commentary below
> for Aphyosemions and Fundulopanchax mainly.
> If a species I purchase at the convention makes it home alive
> to my tanks, I stand about a %90 chance of raising it successfully.
> The other %10 never respond for one reason or another. If I am not
> successful with a species, I work on obtaining the fish again in
> the future
> to try again, using the lessons learned from keeping it the first
> As far as being outbid for rare species at the convention, I rarely
> see a newcomer bidding hugh sums for rare fish. Most of the time
> I am
> out bid it is by very serious breeders like Chuck Mc... who I
> know also have
> a very good chance of breeding that fish and keeping it in the
> hobby. Poor
> breeders seldom spend the wads of green needed to obtain rare
> fish. Sure
> there are exceptions, but they are not the norm.
> I breed and sell hundreds of pairs of very nice (and mostly
> uncommon) killies
> all year and put that money in an envelope for purchasing killies
> at the
> convention. Many of the fish I list (and some I don't list but
> sell if buyers
> ask for other species than what I list) are descendants of just
> one pair of
> fish [or even just a few eggs obtained years earlier like the A.
> I have been listing] bought or traded for at the convention or a
> New fish are available but they are difficult to obtain for an
> like the AKA to obtain, house and redistribute as no-one is
> willing to step
> up and devote his hobby to getting fish for others who are for
> the most
> part very ungrateful. Lenny Mackiowiak did a spectacular job for
> many years
> and received mostly criticism for what he did. Hopefully
> killiekeepers are
> now appreciating the effort he put out for the good of the AKA.
> golden years are not going to magically re-appear.
> So I suggest that AKA'ers stop complaining about the situation as
> it is not
> going to change anytime soon. There are many species in the hobby
> but it
> takes personal determination to obtain them and raise them for
> sale or trade
> to other interested killikeepers.
> Between myself and a handful of other breeders, there is probably
> species or locations available, but I look forward to the
> convention to
> obtain new fish or new stock for bloodlines of killies that I
> raise. So I will have my hand or bidding card in the air often at
> Until later then,
> Wads of Money Monty!!!!!
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