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#1 Guest_CatWhat_*

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:05 PM

I have been looking into getting in some native fish from our provinces here in Canada. I have learned you need permits to sell native fish, but in terms of getting non native fish into this province it seems if they are for ornamental use it's all good. I called I would say about a dozen different people on this and that seems to be the verdict.
So I was wondering if anyone knew of anymore info that could help me. Also if everything pans out I would need to find someone that would be willing to ship me some free fish haha. Perhaps there might be some fellow enthusiasts on here that might do so wink wink nudge nudge.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:19 PM

What specifically are you looking for? 'Native' fish includes a lot of species.

Edit: Oh, and if you join NANFA you'll get access to the Trading Dock, which is a members-only section where we trade fish. It's possible that you could find someone on the trading dock willing to ship you some of the fish in their backyard if you collect a species they like from yours.

Edited by EricaWieser, 29 March 2012 - 04:26 PM.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 06:38 PM

Hmm I was interested in pygmy sunfish ( like pumpkinseed etc.. ), Killifish ( Banded ), and Bullhead catfish. Now there are most likely more that I would be interested but these are the ones I can think off.
That sounds like a good idea, I'll have to look into joining, I don't really know how to go about it or what the details of joining are though. I'm sure I could find something on here. Now as for trading fish from my back yard, there are extremely limited options. We have nothing much on the island at all. Sticklebacks, trout and Banded Killifish( which are extremely rare ) That's why I have been looking for some way to get something different in ( wouldn't take much to be different here ).

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 07:57 PM

Here you go, you can follow this link to join.

We also trade for plants too. I'm not sure, but I suppose anything fishy or aquarium wise would be fair game at the trading dock. I've never shipped fish or plants, but I'm sure there are different international laws that one would have to be aware of before doing it, but so long as it's legal, I'm sure there's something interesting in your neck of the woods. Variety is nice, but knowing and appreciating the fish and plants closest to you is, to me, the biggest thrill. Good luck and welcome.


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Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:25 PM

Thanks for the membership link, I'll get started on that for sure. Oh believe me I have been looking into all the species here, we have mostly trout. Brook, Mud, Brown, Land locked Salmon and Rainbow, I think that covers the trout. We have three spinded sticklebacks, which I have kept before and enjoyed. There are also two types of Killis, Banded and Munnichog but these are impossible to find, they are scattered through out the island and hard to locate in the certian places they are inhabiting. Being on this island usually means zero variety haha, even when it comes to tropical fish and general wildlife. Now in terms of plants I know nothing at all, perhaps there could be something of interest in the field. But like steve mentioned maybe what's so common/boring for me might be interesting for someone else.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:28 PM

see http://www.env.gov.n...inlandfish.html

Blackspotted Sticklebacks sound interesting.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:02 AM

I may be able to find some Two Spined Sticklebacks. Trial and error I would say as when there are sticklebacks there are hundreds. I have in the past snorkeled amongest stickleback and selectively caught certain specimens, so I could do the same to pick out a two spined one. This could be a good past time this summer, as now here in the winter there isn't a stickleback to be found. I guess they may go deeper during the colder months.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:48 AM

Shipping live animals across international borders can be at least complicated, and sometimes of murky legality. I knew killifish people years ago who lived along the US/Canada border, and if they mailed fish or eggs to someone in Canada they would drive across the border into Canada and post them in a Canadian post office. That was before things got more complicated. You should very carefully investigate the legalities.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:20 AM

I will see if I can do some more digging. Like I mentioned, I spoke to several people from the provincial and federal stand points and it seems if they fish are for ornamental use there's no problem. But I don't think I'll bother with over the boarder shipping as like you mentioned will be near impossibe get anwers. Not sure where I could look next.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:39 PM

Mummichogs are awesome. You should spend some considerable effort trying to find those.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:19 PM

Yes indeed, they do seem very interesting. I have been doing some research on their lilely habitat, so I have an idea where I might find them. there are a few places that I could find them in my area, but they are not as common species here in Newfoundland as other places along the eastern sea board. But none the less I will try to find some myself. Seems I will have to wait until it warms up a bit before they come out from the mud. I don't have any experience with catching these guys, so any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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