So, yesterday my daughter and I went to the swap meet of our local club. I got lots of great stuff super cheap, and quite a few freebies! People were unbelievably nice, clearly in it for the love of it (not profit), and just all around awesome!
But the thing at the meet that got me all excited...
Earlier this week I had taken some fry to the LFS and was talking to the owner. He was trying to convince me to take this little juvenile Oryzias woworae (Daisy's Ricefish/Sulawesi Ricefish) he had. The parents had spawned in the tank before they were sold, and just the one little guy survived. He was not getting any more in, they were pretty rare. I told him that I'd research it, and think about it. So I did, and I ended really liking the fish, but not for any of my current tanks. I would need to set up a species tank, and that wasn't in the budget right now. Also, I didn't want to keep just the one little guy- it wasn't fair to keep him without giving him family! But the fire was lit, I was really enchanted by the coloration, the breeding habit, and the fact that these are a super new fish! (The species was named and described only in 2010!) So flash forward to the swap meet- a seller has these Ricefish! I was ridiculously excited, but still didn't have any where to put them. BUT I searched around the meet- and for a total of about $3 + heater + lid (which I'll get cheap from the club), I now have a fully furnished species tank of Oryzias woworae! I could do back flips!
It was a great meet. I don't think I spent more than $20.
Here's what we paid for:
Elite 801 air pump
Oryzias woworae x6 (Daisy's Ricefish/Sulawesi Ricefish)
Cryptocoryne wedtii 'bronze'
Here's what we got for free:
Nymphoides sp. 'Taiwan'
fish keychains (for my daughter
Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine x3
Corydoras oiapoquensis x4 (Flag Tailed Panda Cory)
I'm just thrilled! Thanks for sharing with me.