purchasing fish online?

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Hi everyone, im new to marine keeping and I knew from the start its not a cheap hobby! As much as I have and would like to support my local fish store im finding some things to be reasonably priced and others to be extortionate :|. I am now slowly adding fish and my next purchase is going to be a yellow tang, my lfs has small maybe medium sized yellow tangs at a cost of £65! :scared:

Does or has anybody purchased fish online? what site do you use? Not being able to see their holding tanks & inspect the fish for disease before purchase has me a little skeptical.

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Reply #1

Hi I havnt purchased fish online and I think I would be the same as you, I would like to see and pick my own fish. There are some very small skinny yts around at the moment as well.


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Reply #2

Well, there may not be any at all before long.  Hawaii have banned collection of ornamental fish altogether, so anything from over there is going to get rare, quickly.

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BUT they have been bred in captivity so might not be a bad thing after all!

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BUT they have been bred in captivity so might not be a bad thing after all!
Although it hasn't stopped the price escalating , I notice a difference of around £25 for a small/medium yellow tang in only the space of six months , probably since they started talking about the proposed ban earlier in the year

Just to add , think flame Angeles were also taking a price hike on the back of the ban too
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yeah, i think they were coming in at something like £50 trade for a small one  :O

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I managed to get lucky and found someone local selling a large yellow tang and a regal for £40  :grin:. Yellow tang is loving his new home as both where in a tank to small for them. The regal is currently squeezing into tiny crevasses in my live rock and hiding which I  presume is normal at the moment. He was swimming back and forth from end to end of my 5ft quickly with the yellow tang, enjoying himself I think as didn't seem related to stress. hopefully he will come out when he settles

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That is a bargain, yep there but of a woosey


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