at your list carefully for Cardinal Tetras and Kuhli
Loaches and can't find either one. Do you have them?
If not will you special order them for me?"
We don't sell Kuhli Loaches or Cardinal Tetras.
We know both fish very well, and we kept them alive
and well in our aquariums for many years, but both
Kuhlis and Cardinals are what we call delicate wild
fish. Frontosa, Discus, Kribensis, and Angelfish
are also delicate fish, that are usually tank raised.
here for more about Small Tetras including Cardinals.
here for more information about Discus.
here for more about Frontosa Cichlids.
here for more information about Angelfish.
not have more information in this web site about
Kribensis Cichlids or Kuhli Loaches at this time.
all these species of fish a lot. Kuhli Loaches are
hard working little scavengers and fun to watch.
But they have never been available in the quantities
we need from the fish farmers. So Kuhli Loaches
have to be caught from their natural habitats and
Cardinal Tetras are perhaps the most intensely colored
of all freshwater fish. We bought them and raised
them up to 1.5". Visitors to our facility were dazzled
by the brilliant colors of our school of huge Cardinal
Tetras and wanted a school just like them.
that people want to buy Cardinal Tetras, many skillful
fish farmers put a great deal of their time and
energy into breeding Cardinal Tetras, but farm-raised
Cardinals have never been available in the quantities
needed by distributors like us. To get Cardinal
Tetras we would have to import them from the wild.
wild fish, like Kuhlis and Cardinals, don't ship
as well as the fish produced by fish farms. In 1986
we began to accurately count our fish losses and
enter the numbers into our computer data base. The
percentage of losses on the Kuhlis and Cardinals
was large enough that we decided to discontinue
we still made money on them, but our consideration
was really for the fish. We didn't like to participate
in taking them from their natural homes, and then
having the feeling that a few too many of them were
dying. The percentages weren't big, but the percentages
of losses on farm-raised fish are much smaller.
Please don't think I'm
making up this story as an excuse for not having
them in stock. Our suppliers offer them to us every
week, and they are very wonderful fish, but right
now we don't feel comfortable carrying them.
we critical of other fish dealers who do carry these
fish? No we're not. We hope their experiences are
different than ours were. Perhaps they know how
to care for these fish better than we did.
sell any wild fish? Yes we do. For example Clown
Loaches arrive and acclimate very well for us, and
we have very few losses. The same is true for Elephant
Noses, Baby Whales, White Tip Shark Cats, Pictus
Catfish, Siamese Tiger Fish, and several other species
of wild fish.
We hope that we can satisfy you and the other aquarists
with a few types of wild fish that arrive and acclimate
well for us plus a wide variety of farm-raised fish,
that have been raised to go into aquariums and really
wouldn't be alive without aquarists like you.