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Greetings from Cameroon

Mike Wise

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there is a variety of fish overhere but a limited supply wich has lead to people exploiting us with wat they are charging the government is relaxing the laws a lil bit regarding gettn stock from outside the eu for personell use.i would apreciate it if you can find out the cost for me of having fish shipped from SA.thanks
I really don't want to be rude or combative, but I think you are asking too much from a hobbyist. You want fish, it seems, but are not willing to put in the effort to find out how to get them to you. You want them; then it is up to you to find out how to get them.
 

Andre

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there is a variety of fish overhere but a limited supply wich has lead to people exploiting us with wat they are charging the government is relaxing the laws a lil bit regarding gettn stock from outside the eu for personell use.i would apreciate it if you can find out the cost for me of having fish shipped from SA.thanks
Hi Jordi

You should perhaps look at importing some fish from Czechoslovakia, Germany or Holland. They have a large variety and it will be much cheaper to import from there.

I have never seen any Pelvichachromis taeniatus species in South African pethops. The ones that I managed to obtain were imported from Czechoslovakia by a group of hobbyists pitching in together. We very rarely see some of the more common Apistogramma species, and they are also quickly picked up by local hobbyists.

Sometimes I wish we had access to some of the species that you guys can get, but unfortunately we dont have enough serious hobbyists in SA yet to create enough demand for them.

Our previous blacklists were also pretty restrictive, but a new one is being drafted which includes a list of species that is not seen as invasive so some fish which were previously illegal (ie most Chromidotilapia or Ctenopoma species) will now be legal.

Sorry that I cannot be of more help.
 

Ruki

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Hi Jordi

You should perhaps look at importing some fish from Czechoslovakia, Germany or Holland. They have a large variety and it will be much cheaper to import from there.

I have never seen any Pelvichachromis taeniatus species in South African pethops. The ones that I managed to obtain were imported from Czechoslovakia by a group of hobbyists pitching in together. We very rarely see some of the more common Apistogramma species, and they are also quickly picked up by local hobbyists.
We have now Czech and Slovakia. :biggrin: Not one country. :biggrin:
 

JORDI

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We have now Czech and Slovakia. :biggrin: Not one country. :biggrin:
thanks alot 4 that advice i wil try and find out more about where to get them from.i am knew to all this so i hope to build up some contacts and see how things go.
 

Simon Morgan

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Hi Jordi,

What species are you looking for? There are plenty of rare and interesting West African species available in the UK. I have Pelvicachromis "blue fin" and Steatocranus irvinei for example. I also found some Lamprologus congoensis in a shop today.

Try to get more involved with the UK based hobby and you will be surprised what you can get hold of. Try the BCA and the YCG for a start!
 

langosh

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I think the Czech Republic still belongs among the worlds’ three largest aquarium fish exporters...
Roman
 

Andre

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I am off to Cote d'Ivoire shortly. Do any of you have some information on catching localities for killies/dwarf cichlids near Abidjan?
 

tjudy

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Go to www.fishbase.org and do a search for freshwater species in that country. When you see the list of species pick one you are interested in and open it up. There is a button for 'occurances' which will give you a list of all the places the fish has been said to have been collected, some will have links to papers with global position coordinates.

How long will you be there? Very little collecting has taken place there in many years due to political unrest. There are some very cool species to find.
 

tjudy

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Here are a few I would like to see:

Chromidotilapia cavalliensis - Cavally River
the TRUE Hemichromis bimaculatus
there are several Tilapia sp.
and three different Tylochromis sp.

there is also an eel I would like to see: Mastacembelus flavomarinagtus
Maybe that eel has yellow fins?
 

viejo

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Tylochromis are a bugger to ship, the younger ones would probably fare better.. Don't be put off by the underwhelming descriptions in the literature.. Pierre Brichard: when he was still shipping from the Congo, told me that T. Lateralis was equal to a marine fish in coloration. Of course breeding coloration may only be reached once a year under a full moon :rolleyes:.. I've only managed to acquire Tylochromis on one occasion I lost them before they reached maturity...
 

Andre

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Thanks for the info!

Abidjan is a very nice place. Much cleaner than Douala and more organized. We had a stop-over in Libreville on the way and we had a beautiful sight of the rainforest and rivers as we were landing there. Gabon is definitely a country that I would like to explore a bit.
 

apistodave

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Cameroon

Off topic Andre' I am interested in Paleontology and as long as yu are there! there is an important sire in the koum basin on the banks of the Mayo Rey. Some early, important Cretaceous mammals have been found there
 

Mike Wise

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Dave, you ever do some exploring in the John Day area? Younger strata than Cretaceous, but interesting fossils.
 

apistodave

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Yeah!

just driving on the highway through the cutouts-- the walls look like tanish colored soap bars with shells and bones all through them--Some of the stuff is pretty old-just after dino times--Oregon has some interesting geology- I have just read something about the Columbian Traps--never would have thought it> fascinating place, also been to Dino monument in UTAH. Eye opener that one!
 
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