Price check for Fish

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  1. Wandrag

    Wandrag

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    Good afternoon,

    Just a thought/wish list...
    It will be nice to get a "price check" for fish/plants/hardware for the hobby...

    (Or is there something like that already?)

    I was at a shop over the weekend - and they had julii cory for R 100 each. I was out of the hobby for a long time - so is this what prices are, or they expensive?

    Cardinal Tetras for R 23/25 each (can't remember. :-( )
    Sjo - I remember back in the day (makes me sound old) - I've used to pay R 10 each. (yes, prices are going up etc - so I don't expect to pay the same prices as back then.)

    Just want a place to check what other retailers charge.. ;-)
     
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  3. Saibot

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    WoP had Tetra for about R15 not so long ago.
     
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    I think most of the small common fresh water fish like danios and guppies and most tetras are around R25, and the more fancier or bigger fish are more expensive.
    My pet store I go to ranges from R25 to over R100 and I've also seen super fancy fishes in the thousands (I think specifically it was a fresh water ray at R4000)
     
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    Good idea in general to keep aware of prices. I got back into the hobby after quite a few years away and was also a bit stunned. Some prices were what I expected but others a lot more expensive.

    To use the same examples, I've seen Cardinals no cheaper than around R25 (up to R40 in places). Neons as low as R16 each, as high as R30. We need more local breeders for these fish to lower cost and also improve their lines - most neons in LFS these days seem like cloned fish.
    Corys' R40 - R90 each. High end, larger ones a bit more still. Even so, a lot of prices overseas are higher.
     
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    believe price should not be major consideration when buy fish, rather quality of fish, health of all stock in shop, clean well kept tanks and longevity of fish purchased.
    thou i do not want to be ripped off i am happy to pay a bit more and get a healthier fish that are eating and disease free that in a perfect world have undergone quarantine period as well.
    local breeding if done rite will not lower the price of fish compared to wild caught or Asian farm raised fish it will increase the quality thou.
     
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    This could explain why I have different colours of Neons in my tanks. 12 came from one store and 8 from another. The 8 i got are much paler in comparison to their 12 new brothers and sisters.
     
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    Absolutely would and do pay for quality - its the overall price points to be aware of, be they low quality asian imports versus a good local breeder.
    My LFS don't quarantine at all, whereas many overseas LFS do, making a quarantine tank all the more important locally.
    As to local breeding - fish for sale privately are often a little cheaper, unless they're specialised fish (like Discus, etc.). I guess most people don't bother with neons, as an example, as they're still affordable. Were I breeding them routinely I'd be content to sell for half what a LFS does, as I'm sure others would be.
    But yes at the very least the quality would improve, which they definitely need.



    Could perhaps be your water parameters? That being said, I have some neons and Cardinals and the latter are slightly less vibrant in colour for whatever reason, in the same water for 6 months+ :/
     
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    What i mean is that there are different colors in the same tank. Add in i can tell which came from where

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    Yeah I meant if some are newly added, they might still be acclimatising to the tank conditions while the older ones already are. Could be wrong though.
     
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    Oh okay. Just added them a day or two ago so I will check. Thanks.
     
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    Wandrag

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    I don't mind paying a bit more for good quality fish. I just don't want to get ripped off either.... (price wise or quality wise...)

    To be honest, I'd rather pay a bit more for local bred fish, supporting the local people, that is if the quality is good. The cost of things are high, so it's not always feasible for them to charge less...
     
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