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Re: NFC: Walmart surprise

Hey Jake

More likely than not, the sunfish are native to the area the Koi are
farmed from.  SOmehow, it got in to the koi pond, and was fished out with
all the other fish.  This can hapen when theres a flood, or just by other
means of migration.  For instance, with a shipment of a thousand feeders
from a wholesaler (who isn't pulling the fish from the pond,  but from a
tank), I've found Koi, fancy gldenfish, diferent minnows, tadpoles galore,
and even a turtle. :)  These things happen.....

Best profit I ever made selling that Koi for 19.99$ -- considering we paid
about 2 cents for him. :)

Joshua L. Wiegert
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On Tue, 10 Apr 2001, jake levi wrote:

> Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 02:44:08 -0700 (PDT)
> From: jake levi <jlevi_us at yahoo_com>
> Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
> To: nfc at actwin_com
> Subject: Re: NFC: Walmart surprise
> I was browsin in Walmart yesterday, and always go by
> the fish section, sometimes they have decent plants,
> the fish rarely are!
> Anyhow, the clerk in charge was asking another clerk
> if she knew what this fish was she had just moved from
> the 
> Koi tank, I heard her say it wasnt a cichlid. I paused
> and asked if she was wondering about a fish and she
> points to a greenish fish in a tank by itself, half
> the dorsal fin was gone, its 2-3" long, with a long
> blackish gill cover with a white outline to it, I said
> sure, its a Lepomis megalotis, also known as a long
> eared sunfish, or a hybrid of one. She laughed and
> said she had thought it was a gamefish!
> I then asked her what she was going to do with it and
> she said its a gamefish I cant sell it, so I brought
> it home. The puzzler is that that its classified
> threatened in NYS and supposedly the only population
> is in the waters running into Tonawanda Creek, which
> is a good 60 miles from Geneseo NY where the Walmart
> is. Our guess was someone had it, and dropped it off
> at the store over the weekend. There is a college
> there so maybe a Buffalo area student had it. Who
> knows?
> Its doing fine right now in a ten gallon with some
> water sprite and java moss, and some salt to help heal
> the chewed up dorsal fin. I called the area DEC
> office, got the usual message and left another to call
> me , briefly discribed the situation, and we shall
> see. 
> Strange how natives get around isnt it?
> I had planned on getting 3-5 of these this year, only
> not quite this way. I have to go to Rochester this
> morn 
> so will stop by the DEC office.
> jake
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