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Re: collecting exotics for resale

Hey list.
  As a lot of poeple on this list know, its been a long-time goal of mine
to keep all 135 or so of the cichlids in the old genus Cichlasoma.  (That
is, the "Cichlasomines" fishes previously contained in Cichlasoma or
closely related genera [Pterophylum, Caqueta, etc.])  Up here, the only
reputable store with a decent cichlid base specializes in Africans, and
Cichlasomines are difficult to obtain.  I'm sure there'd be a healthy
market in this area for some of the less common ones.  A typical scan of
the pet shop's CIchlasomines will usually only return ones such sa
Convicts, Dempsies, Angels, Discus, Salvini, and so on.  I would love to
be able to obtain some of these other ones, especially "wild caught."
Wild caught oscars, very common from what I hear in Fl, are a bit of a
rage too, often selling for $20 for 3" individuals. 
  There is the obvious down side to all this.  A greedy individual may
either purchase fish and say they were wild caught, or worse yet, stock a
body with thm.  This irresponsible method is why some of the fishes have
become successful.  It also makes their iradication difficult at best.  
J. L. Wiegert

 On Sat, 23 May 1998, robert a rice wrote:

> Darryl,
> You with a few of your friends could raise hundreds or thousands of
> dollars for the NFC by simply doing what you allready doing except keep
> the nasty beasts and we will sell them to aquarist up north. You may also
> find this a reasonable way to support your hobby with the sales of
> exotics. Wild Caught cichlids has a big draw for many folks. Lets move
> forward on this excellent program !!!!!
> RR
> On Sat, 23 May 1998 11:09:00 EDT Phylesis <Phylesis at aol_com> writes:
> >
> >		 Hi Robert, Herb, and all,
> >	I am not in a position finantially or expierianced enough
> >	for the Breeder program, but relative to the snippit about
> >	collecting exotics for the NFC to resell, perhaps I can be 
> >	of help. I live in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. where our canals and
> >	drianages are filled with exotics. I would be happy to
> >	participate in a program to help reduce thier population 
> >	and as well help out the NFC. Please let me know if and what I 
> >can do.
> >Thanks
> >											Daryl
> >
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