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post #21 of 32 Old 12-04-2006, 12:35 PM
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Can you please explain MAC to the rest of us? I'm sure there are many of us who have never heard of it (including me). Also, how to find out if a LFS is MAC certified? And a reminder, much of that sort of thing will depend on where someone lives... some areas are VERY limited when it comes to the LFS trade.

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post #22 of 32 Old 12-04-2006, 01:36 PM
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Yes, i too have never heard of MAC certified stores or fish.
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post #23 of 32 Old 12-04-2006, 01:38 PM
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Also interested to learn more! 8)
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post #24 of 32 Old 12-04-2006, 07:36 PM
Ok now that I have your attention. Dawn you've worked int he industry and have never heard of MAC? Anyone that has ever looked at a fish magazine should know of MAC. MAC is a monthly topic in TFH and Coral.

OK ok

MAC, Marine Aquarium Council. I've mentioned them before. It is a group of business minded fish hobbyists that have decided to create a list of goals that a collector, holder, shipper, wholesaler, and seller should meet. Becoming a member of MAC says that you are interested in the hobby beyond just making money. The collectors are not allowed to participate if the use cyanide. Collection methods are actually taught to the collectors in class like settings teching them about sustainable collecting methods. The transhipppers must be certified in the way the animals are held and shipped. The end seller must be certified and support MAC. A lot of MAC funding goes towards promoting breeding stock and captive bred fish. A huge portion of our clown fish for sale are currently captive bred.

MAC can do a better job of explaining it all then I can.

http://www.aquariumcouncil.org/
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post #25 of 32 Old 12-04-2006, 08:11 PM
I have been to 4 different states and Have never heard of them
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post #26 of 32 Old 12-05-2006, 07:48 AM
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Yeah, like mike said. I have been to 4 different states and still never heard of MAC. Although i probably came across it on a website and never even noticed it. I am always messing around on the internet, so maybe i should pay attention when i visit some sites and see who does sell MAC cerified fish.
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post #27 of 32 Old 12-05-2006, 10:11 AM
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Well this is what i got from another form:
They had 2-3 MALE fighter fish in the same 18" Tanks with other fish(neons etc)
Now as everyone knows 1 MALE FIGHTER ONLY!
Anyway after checking 4-6 tanks they all had more then 1 male fighter in..... Most dieing from fighting...

Its another show of how pet stores dont always care for thier fish.
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post #28 of 32 Old 12-05-2006, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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latley the one (of the better) pet stores around here have taken to keeping their bettas in tiny little bags floating around in other tanks. ok, yes they're not swimming together, but i thought that little cups were bad enough. it wasnt just for climatizing either cause whenever i go there they are.there little beta shelf is full of cups with betas in them (and ive seen betas lying dead having jumped out of their cups). but with the bags u automatically wonder, ok how much are they getting fed? water quality?!?! stress? like a million things. arg
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post #29 of 32 Old 12-05-2006, 11:57 AM
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there little beta shelf is full of cups with betas in them (and ive seen betas lying dead having jumped out of their cups).
well its likeother places where bettas are dead in cups and are starting to get covered in a gel, or where the water is so diry you cant even see the betta. the worst place i have seen for this is walmrt. they should just not sell fish.
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post #30 of 32 Old 12-05-2006, 02:03 PM
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i agree, i will never buy fish at walmart!

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