TwoTankAmin wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:01 pm
That's a lot of fry. Finding new homes for my meager output of fry drives me crazy. I refuse to sell my fish to stores and I am not on social media. So I am once again backed up. I have a few hundred assorted offspring that need to find their way to new tanks.
So I wonder how you re-home all of your great successes. My fish tend to be pretty pricey and somewhat rare, so I want to see them go out in groups to people whose goal is eventually to spawn them. As a result, I avoid retail outlets and auctions since I have no idea who will end up with the fish.
If each of your 17 spawns yields only 15 viable offspring, you now will need to find homes for 255 new fish
I am willing to bet you are going to keep getting more babies. If you are thinking of opening your own store I have a fun name for a fish store which I am sure somebody must already have used. Call it Fin Land
You make many good points. First, yes I am inundated with fry right now. To avoid getting more Rio Ucayali right now, I already sent the sexually overactive breeding trio to the LFS where I first got their parents.
I do sell fry at club auctions and I do trade them in at LFS. I try to bring 15-20 fish per month to my club's auctions. I get about $7-$15 each for the smaller Rio Ucayali I sell (depending on size) and $30 each for sexable specimens at 2.5"-3+". The L397 I treat the same, although I get a little more for them at club auctions and at LFS/private sales. But compared to market prices, I continue to honor my promise to the USFWS when I imported the L397 that I would not sell them for profit. My L397 price for 1.5"-2" fish is still about 1/3 that of retail prices at $30 each.
The other "new" species spawned are so new that for now I'm just raising them, so no sales yet. Truth be told, yes they're overcrowded. It puts a burden on me to do extra water changes, and yes I do find some dead fry, especially at the smaller sizes. I presume and hope these losses would have been the genetically inferior fry that would best not be sold anyway, but of course who can know? I'm probably just placating my soul.
P.S., your store name would be great, but... no "store" openings in my future.