Who needs a licence? Everyone who plans to keep or introduce non-native fish of the species listed in the enclosed guide requires a licence under the Import of Live Fish (England and Wales) Act 1980. This includes fish farmers, retailers and dealers, as well as owners and managers of fisheries. The only exceptions are red shiner (Cyprinella / Notropis lutrensis) and fathead minnows or roseyreds (Pimephales promelas) to be kept in indoor aquaria only and grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), sturgeon and sterlet (of the genera Acipenser, Huso, Pseudoscaphirhynchus and Scaphirhynchus) and catfish (of the genus Ictalurus Ameiurus) kept in garden ponds and indoor aquaria, for which a general licence has been issued and individual licences are not required. Red shiner, fathead minnow or roseyreds, grass carp, sturgeon and sterlet and catfish kept elsewhere, e.g. by retailers and dealers, require a specific licence. The general licence for catfish will be reviewed in 2003.
Whether cats sold as "albino channel cats" are true channel cats, and/or whether "albinos," beyond merely the color distiction, are genetically dwarfed, I don't know.
Just thought I'd mention ultimate size, as that often precludes us from acquiring species we'd otherwise like to have.
Birger wrote:A channel cat is a channel cat no matter the "color" ...
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