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    Nope, no glofish either :D If I understand correctly it's for 2 main reasons: a) They are very strict on species importation here, due to fear that escapees could bring disease and kill/compete with nz native species and b) the population here is so small that there simply isn't enough demand to meet the cost of getting through all the red tape. I was reading a discussion about importing cherry shrimp here a while ago, they were saying that the cost of an import license + costs of legal fees and tests to prove that cherry shrimp would not be a threat to nz natives would add up to such a huge amount that the shrimp themselves would have to be ridiculously expensive to compensate for that initial cost. The number of people here who would be willing to buy them at that sort of price is just not enough. Such a shame - I'm from the UK originally but only got into fish after arriving here. Now I look online at the UK aquatic pet market and drool over what's available....If only my 14yr old self had appreciated it at the time

    I agree toddnbecca, I do wonder sometimes if as hobbyists we pay more attention to keeping our systems stable and consistent and don't appreciate how important seasonal variation is in the wild. So many species are still being blatantly taken from the wild with no captive breeding in place... it may only take a few little tweaks to temperature/tanin levels/oxygen etc to crack the method and have reliable breeding populations. Gastromyzon ocellatus are first on my list, I was horrified when I learnt they are found in just one river basin, from which we take hundreds if not thousands without ever having managed to breed them. Scary stuff!

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    You can put the Bloodfin tetra (Aphyocharax anisitsi) on your list ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by toddnbecka View Post
    Gold barbs don't grow very large, and while more space would be preferable they aren't likely to kill each other (or anything else) in a small tank.
    I had a school of 6 gold barbs and they all grew to 4-5 inches, so I am not sure what "not large" is in relation to one's tank. Despite their size they only had spats between themselves (the 2 males). Occasionally one would be missing scales or if it was a bad fight he would have a red sore. After treatment he would be fine for a few months and they would go at it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    Yeah, a little more room would be preferable, but much better than a bunch of goldfish. Good job on the hillstream loaches. Over here a lot of people don't realize what they are and just stick them in any old tank. I'm working on getting my 40 gallon ready for a large group of hillstreams. Right now I'm waiting on money to get lights so I can start growing algae for them.
    Oh I am jealous, I had 4 of them and they loved my power-head current. I loved watching them with their little spats on my rocks. I would love to have a tank of them.
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    Steeler58: I've only seen 'glass bloodfin' tetras in NZ so far, are these the same type of fish? If so I didn't know they could be temperate, so thank you :)

    My friend's grandad used to keep golden Orfs in his pond, which grew quite big. Are they related to gold barbs? We went net fishing once in the local lake and she caught a perch, which she then (to my utter horror) put into her grandad's pond. Within a week there were no golden orfs left :( Mr Perch must have pretty chuffed at all the free food though!

    If you ever get the chance for a hillstream tank I'd fully recommend it - everybody in work is always amused at how my favourite fish out of all them are the tiny little brown lumps that never seem to do much but stick to the glass But they are really fascinating when you give them a chance to be happy in a tank suited for them :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eika View Post

    If you ever get the chance for a hillstream tank I'd fully recommend it - everybody in work is always amused at how my favourite fish out of all them are the tiny little brown lumps that never seem to do much but stick to the glass But they are really fascinating when you give them a chance to be happy in a tank suited for them :)
    This is why I'm excited to try them out! I'm cycling my river tank right now. Plan on getting G. ctenocephalus and or G. ocellatus
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    Those are cool, saw some at Fish Gallery
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    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    This is why I'm excited to try them out! I'm cycling my river tank right now. Plan on getting G. ctenocephalus and or G. ocellatus
    How big is the tank? If it's big enough I'd say get both. Occies are by far my favourite as not only are they more social towards each other but they tend to be more confident and curious with people moving around the tank. I've had Ctenos before too but found them to be very timid and it wouldn't take much movement in the room to scare them into hiding. If the tank is large enough though, a mix is always interesting... that way you have an excuse to bring home any unusual species you find in an lfs too ;)

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