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Old 01-09-2009, 05:01 PM   #11
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true......more water is easier, but the challenge of nano tanks rock (for me anyway, lol)
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Old 01-09-2009, 05:04 PM   #12
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Welcome to AA !

You will find people here very friendly and helpful, and very happy to have you as a fellow member.
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:47 AM   #13
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Has any member of AA been to the Philippines? Done snorkeling or diving, seen our corals and reefs? Please let me know. If you have, you would be well aware of the amazing species found in these waters, our gorgeous multiple locations.

Got quoted by a LFS for a complete 50gal reef setup, Nemo Cast of characters (full), plus all equipment (pumps, skimmer, lighting) with home service initial setup--all for Php12,000 ($255). No kidding, a friend has already done this and is very happy. Sound good to you all?
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wow. thats a pretty dam good deal
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Correction--

That price doesn't come with skimmer. Just glass tank and pumphead, filter.

Will got to this exotic animals market this week and take some pictures, which I will post here before buying anything.
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good idea. be careful.....alot of gathered fishes in the Phillipines are captured by Cyanide fishing. the fish will need to be quarantined for about 2 weeks if possible in another, small aquarium to prevent any transference of anything funky to your display tank....you may be able to get them to isolate a fish for you at the store, where you can watch it for a week or so to see if it dies. alot of US aquaria fish are imported from there, unfortunately, about 30-50% die before they ever leave there, and then another 30% die in transit due to the unenforcement of the Philipines anti cyanide fishing laws. It's pretty sad. just be careful with your purchases....you definitely don't want to encourage this, so you may ask how they were caught.
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Thanks for that info!

Yes you are right, catching of live fish here has been thru the cyanide method for decades. Those stats you present are saddening, considering the many that die unnecessarily. Yet one more reason that gets me thinking that taking specimens directly from the ocean, caught by hand net and harvested carefully, may not be such a bad idea. More difficult yet less harmful. If taken from non-marine sanctuary areas, or of species not on the protected list, this should be ok since it is not for commercial use, only personal. I do not want to contribute to the cyanide trade.
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