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Is it just me that seems to have trouble finding healthy fish in local shops? I am on the Gold Coast & keep a planted tank with Angles and usual tropical fish. But I am finding it hard to find a decent pet shop / LFS that has healthy fish or tanks, I have noticed a decline in quality over the last 12 months or so. Seriously thinking of giving up my tank because of this. All fish are either sickly, sick or just look like they are malnourished.

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I will go beyond that It's hard just to find the fish you want .I am not talking anything "exotic" .

Just a few simple ones - like Thicklip gouramis , Thomasi , Curviceps , or Dorsigera .

They've been around but nobody seems to have them .

Pickings have become quite slim.

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I have tropical fish - Angels, rummys, Blue Rams - the usual. I am just finding it hard to find good fish in the last recent 12 months. Tried so many but they seem to have their tanks in darkness half the time. Nerang Pet Barn is good sometimes, but even recent visits there over the past few months has had dark tanks - lights off.........

And I kind of think the stock is just not as good - as strong as it was? Too much interbreeding maybe? not sure.......

Just an observation.

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I will go beyond that It's hard just to find the fish you want .I am not talking anything "exotic" .

Just a few simple ones - like Thicklip gouramis , Thomasi , Curviceps , or Dorsigera .

They've been around but nobody seems to have them .

Pickings have become quite slim.

Thank you - this is what I have noticed, there are not many choices and what is there they are not good ones.

Is it because Aquis have tightened the rules on what comes in to the country and so the hobby is just dying off?

I wonder this as I have been keeping my tank now for 5 years but seriously considering giving away the hobby........

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It would have to be having some effect particularly in certain areas like the Central and south american Cichlids .

This has become diasterous in the Thorichthys Ellioti whose gene pool in Australia is so f***ed up that it is impossible to find ones that do not breed at least some deformed fry , and no chance of freshening the gene pool . This will become more common as time progresses . It has more to do with greed and bad breeding practises - but once it occurs because of Aquis and the laws it brings it becomes virtually irreparable.

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I have trouble finding interesting fish in Brisbane. Seems to be less around these days then back in the 80's.

Hey Pony Tail what centrals do you keep ? I have Cryptoheros Sajica, Spillurum and T Meeki. I want some Salvini when I get some tank space.

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We're getting back to the same old story again, just think about how many specialist lfs have closed their doors in the last few years, not just in SE QLD, but around Australia. The growth of chain store pet shops has been at the expense of specialist lfs, and the chain stores in the main do not stock rarer fish or employ knowledgeable staff in order to stock specialist fish. If we don't support the remaining specialist lfs, this situation will only get worse.

Also, many hobbyist breeders have closed down their fishrooms in the same period due to ever increasing power/water/everything else costs.

Cheers, Doug

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