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Old 08-29-2006, 03:02 PM   #1
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fish from the ocean?

im not a saltie yet, but i am curious, is there a way to use wild sw fish in a tank with store bought fish.

i figure that they'll need some kind of treatment, but most sw fish you buy are wild caught, so why not?

again im not a saltie yet, so dont hammer me if this is a really stuipd idea

or what about just crabs and starfish you find?
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You will have to check and see what the law says in your area. This is not really a recommended method. It's not a stupid idea, in fact it comes up quite often. Carbs and starfish generally live near the shore, where there are probably tons of pollutants, I think it is bet to leave them there and go with a more controlled animal.
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well take this into account, where do u live? bc anywhere in the united states is a coldwater setup, so u would have to have a chiller not a heater and that really limits to what u can get, also starfish u will find ARE NOT REEF SAFE so if u got one u could not start a reef and lastly any fish u caught you would have to qt him for at leats 2 months. i mean not stupid but something to look into
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It's possible, i've heard of people doing it all the time, but it needs to be quarantined and treated before anything.

I've collected sea pens, hermits, and macro from the ocean in florida on vacation and placed them in my seahorse tank, but they were quarantined for at least 2 months before hand.
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where do u live? bc anywhere in the united states is a coldwater setup
Basically true, but not entirely true. South FL, FL Keys, and Southwest coast of FL wouldn't be a coldwater setup. Yeah, I know -->
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Old 08-29-2006, 06:16 PM   #6
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right under my name, before every message, it says peoples location. Toledo, Ohio...

but i go to florida often enough... three times so far this year

and i jut went to south carolina the other month, thats kinda warm...
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I would say sure you can do it. Just make sure you do the proper research on the fish that you are getting to make sure that they aren't going to grow 10ft long or something crazy like that. Also like everyone is saying, make sure you QT whatever you get for at least 2 months. Where in FL do you go? I know if you go into the pan handle by Alabama that you should be cautious of the animals you get there. Lots of pollutants.
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Where in FL do you go? I know if you go into the pan handle by Alabama that you should be cautious of the animals you get there. Lots of pollutants.
usually just ft. myers, but i did also go to cape canaveral. i know, not that much healthier, pollution wise, but really i could go to any beach i suppose
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Wouldn't you come to a major problem when you consider transporting animals from Florida to Ohio. The cost it'd take for shipping/transporting alone would make me just want to buy them locally.

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That is what I was thinking. Isn't there also more laws that come with this? I would think this is not a good idea unless you lived very close. I know F/W wild caught fish are sometimes harder to take care and I am sure this is similar with S/W. Being new to this side of the hobby I would think it is double trouble. Just MO
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