I hope I'm not imposing with these questions.
I've been breeding guppies for several years. I have 20 tanks and about 300 gallons of water. I have two nice lines going, one is straight from a top breeder, the other is one I was able to develop on my own. At this point I'm purely a hobbyist, limited knowledge, but I'd like to expand the hobby a bit. I'm thinking about starting to enter some shows, and build a website, or alternatively, set up distribution with some local fish stores. My question is whether there a LFS
would be an appropriate place to sell guppies to the public for at least twice the price of the standard stock.
I've taken lots of fish into a couple local stores over the past few years, and they're always happy to see them coming. I trade out for some food or equipment. They always sell very quickly, and they tell me mine are a lot healthier than what they get from the suppliers. I'd like to put together a consignment program for the LFS
where they provide tank space, and I keep them stocked with something akin to show quality guppies, I cover all replacements, they sell them and collect the funds and we settle up at the end of the month. I was thinking the LFS
would get 1/3 for tank and overhead, 1/3 for profit, and I'd get the other 1/3. Here are my questions, if I haven't already bored you to death.
1. Would the general guppy-buying public see any greater value in a higher quality guppy than what is normally available from a supplier? I'd be glad to pay $10 or even $15 apiece instead of $5 for really nice gupps, but I'm a geek.
2. How many guppies a week does a LFS
with moderate traffic sell?
3. Do most people who buy guppies buy pairs? Or trios? Or just males? I separate all my fish at about 1 month, but I can get them to grow a lot faster if I put them together later on.
4. Do you think offering some kind of plan on paper with a bottom line profit per month number for the LFS
owner would tweak their interest?
Thanks in advance if you're able to offer any insight.