I was looking at the May BNL and when I reached the Fish & Egg Listings I was deeply disturbed.
There were no killies listed for sale. In April there was a single seller. I don’t expect much during the winter, but usually we are back up in numbers by April.
Even on Aquabid, the number of American listings were minimal – only a couple of people offering anything for sale or auction.
I am really concerned with the state of our hobby. I know we still boast 700+ members, but where are the sellers who supply new members and occasionally come up with some rare fish for whomever is interested. I know my reasons … until this past month I was out of the hobby for health reasons, but has the rest of the AKA also fallen by the wayside? I am hoping the June BNL has a bit more for sale, even if I am not a buyer of those fish.
Obviously we need to figure this out. From the time I joined the AKA in the early 1970s, the one thing I could always count on were several vendors offering fish in the BNL even if I could not find killies elsewhere. I realize many of the fish available in the hobby come through the various shows and conventions, but for those of us who have not been able to attend the past few years, the lack of breeder/sellers is concerning.
I am sure some of the people with killies available are much like I am – I hate shipping. More than anything else involved with the hobby, packing and shipping fish is not something I am comfortable with, but I am beginning to see a need for a couple of us to step up, if nothing else than to provide some of the easier fish for beginners. Personally, I do not have anything yet and it will be several months before I do – primarily because I just restarted my fish room and have nothing breeding to speak of (a couple annuals but no eggs available yet beyond my own needs). Even once I obtain some mop spawners, it will be months before the young are old enough to sell.
I don’t know what the answer might be. I am hoping a few of the members of the AKA are willing to step up and offer some fish for sale. Could the AKA offer some sort of benefit to entice people to sell in the BNL? Perhaps for those who sell a certain number of months (6-8) annually, their membership fee could be waived because they are offering a needed service? Is there another benefit that could be offered?
We need to find a solution before it becomes too late.