Breeding Tropical Fish
Breeding Tropical Fish – Breeding African Cichlids – Part 8
Here is the eighth segment in the Breeding African Cichlids video series from KGTropicals. I hope you are learning what you need to know about breeding and marketing baby fish. This segment is titled “Getting rid of the fry”. Selling the fish is harder than breeding African cichlids. The basic gist of this video is to be prepared and have a plan to market and sell your fish to the public.
There are a number of ways to get rid of your fish. The most important point that is made throughout the entire video is to have a plan in place before you strip the first female of her eggs.
Selling the output of Breeding African Cichlids
The list is fairly extensive, so you have a few options to work with.
Probably the initial place you will start to offer your new fry is through assorted Aquarium Societies. The chances of a fish club in your local area are pretty good. There usually is one in almost any well populated town or city. They are always good to develop contacts and find the local experts in the area. So use them not only for an outlet for the fry, but as a place to network to find other places where your fish can be sold as well.
The second place you can begin to market the results of your labours is on the Internet. You have been breeding African Cichlids and there is a market for quality fish on sites like eBay, Craig’s List and Kajiki. Almost any site that is devoted to on-line sales and has classified ad capacity is a good target for your marketing efforts. Aquabid.com is mentionede as a very good site devoted to selling fish – highly recommended by KGTropicals
eBay has a much larger geographical audience, so those ads will cover quite a bit of the world. Craig’s List is city specific. You can only advertise in one local area. There are no universal ads that are seen on the wider area that eBay covers. The same goes for most of the sites that offer the ability to create classified style ads.
Forums and other devoted fish sites can also be researched to see which ones will allow you to sell through their sites.
The final place where many sales are made is at the local pet shops around your area. You can get a lot sold at one time, but you must understand that the mark-up for live fish is huge in comparison to dry goods. The inventory is living and there are tremendous costs that go into holding and selling fish. A single wipe-out of fish can cause the livestock area to be in a loss position, so do not expect to get anywhere as much for fish you are trying to sell. The various tips in approaching the store managers are very valid in this episode of Breeding African Cichlids. You want to take some time developing the contacts in your local pet stores, and never walk into the store with a bag of fish, you are at the worst possible bargaining point possible.