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  • #303169

    george
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    Hey all. 

    Do you know of any online retailer/dealer call it whatever you want other than e-bay who sends good quality fish out of the United states to France? Most of them just ship inside the US or just ship to shops, and i’m having trouble finding one that would ship directly to me. I’m looking for a breeding pair or trio of aphyosemion striatum.

    #352787

    oaken
    Participant

    Hello George

     

    Finding Aphyosemion striatum in France should not be a problem. Try registering on http://www.killi.fr and look at the list there, you can probably find plenty of people in France that keep this fish and can sell you some for a good price. It’s a pretty common fish so you can even find it in your local fish stores as well from time to time. No need to buy it all the way from the US!

     

    Edit: Besides, buying fish from the US is pretty tricky and very expensive if you want to do it legally. 

    #352790

    mikev
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    Funny enough, three years ago being unable to source a.striatum in the US I ordered eggs from France. One did hatch :(

    As oaken said, do not even consider shipping fish across the Atlantic unless there is absolutely no way to procure it locally. But if you try all the local sources and did not find it, with killies consider getting eggs rather than fish. At least the cost would be manageable and it might work if you are lucky! For instance, here are striatum eggs from China, the seller seems to have a good score, so this *may* succeed.

    #352791

    george
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    Thank you Oaken and Mikev. I didn’t know about http://www.killi.fr. I just signed up and hopefully I’ll find what i was looking for. Their’s another french killi association: http://www.killiclubdefrance.org. I thought aqua bid only shipped to the US! 

    The only fish stores around my place are normal pet stores. They sell everything, and most of the fish they stock are livebearers. They do have L numbers, wild fish and ricefishh/rainbowfish, but no trace of killifish.

    Mikev, how come only one hatched? Have you tried ordering more? 

    #352792

    mikev
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    Mikev, how come only one hatched? Have you tried ordering more?

    Because even shipping eggs is not trivial long-distance, one still needs to properly package …. and shipping eggs is much easier than shipping fish!

    Shipping eggs for killifish is definitely an option, I also had successes with killie eggs from the UK and Germany.

    #352798

    oaken
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    @george said:
    Thank you Oaken and Mikev. I didn’t know about http://www.killi.fr. I just signed up and hopefully I’ll find what i was looking for. Their’s another french killi association: http://www.killiclubdefrance.org. I thought aqua bid only shipped to the US! 

    The only fish stores around my place are normal pet stores. They sell everything, and most of the fish they stock are livebearers. They do have L numbers, wild fish and ricefishh/rainbowfish, but no trace of killifish.

    Mikev, how come only one hatched? Have you tried ordering more? 

    George, there are a lot of European (probably more than American) sellers of killifish and killifish eggs on Aquabid. And yes, if you can get in contact with someone in KCF then you should be able to find this species quite easily as well. 

    #352800

    mikev
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    George, there are a lot of European (probably more than American) sellers of killifish and killifish eggs on Aquabid.

    Yes, that part of Aquabid has been totally taken over…. :(
    You can see that the US flag (meaning US seller) is a tiny minority.

    #352834

    george
    Participant

    Does aquabid sell shrimp? I didn’t find any. Do you know where i could get good quality shrimp from?

    #352836

    mikev
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    #352837

    george
    Participant

    Is there any species you would recommend? It’s my first time keeping shrimp, so i don’t want to waste money on a species just to see it die 2 days after entering my tank, but i don’t want RCS either. I find that red color a bit boring. Do you know of any large enough not to be eaten by the trio of aphyosemion striatum? 

    #352838

    mikev
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    Amano shrimp will not be eaten… will live for a few years and is not red. If healthy, no special effort required.
    RCS requires more effort than most other shrimp, not a good idea.
    Lots of “cherry-class” choices: Rili shrimp is quite nice, for instance, and there is a very nice orange “Sakura” variation of Cherry…but just go through the listings and look at the photos.
    I’d guess that if you have enough plants, they will survive with killies…. most babies will be eaten, but some may make it.

    #352854

    hachge
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    George

    The killi club de France http://www.killiclubdefrance.org/ will help

    #352891

    george
    Participant

    Looking around on aqua bid, i noticed the one dollar deals. Although some actually cost more like 50$, some do cost only 1$, especially killifish and shrimp. Are these deals any good? Are the fish good quality? And is there a hidden fee somewhere? 1$ just seems too good to be true, and I haven’t seen anything about shipping fees. Does the buyer have to pay the shipping fee?

    #352892

    mikev
    Participant

    Some of them are very good, and some include “free shipping” too. But they are not $1 deals: by the time the auction ends, the price gets higher…often much higher, like $100+. Good sellers with established reputation can risk $1 auctions knowing that nearly always the price will end up being reasonable.

    Check this $1 auction for instance.

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