10-22-2007, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by herefishy
BEWARE THE ASSORTED CICHLID TANK!!!!!! There are some unscrupulous lfs's that place mixed breed fish from local breeders in these tanks. There are also some Wholesalers that are of the same cut of cloth and ship these fish out to there client lfs's. However, this is not always the case, and if you feel your lfs is reputable and honest, by all means buy. The fish in these tanks at my lfs's are from reputable dealers and are the fish left in tanks that are being emptied for fresh stock and just placed into a "community tank" of sorts.
The great thing about buying "Assorted Cichlids" is the price. These fish are normally smaller and much less expensive than their bretheren in adjacent tanks that are identified. So, just beware. One thing to add, make sure that you have a good source to identify the fish. This can be tricky, like in the case of L. trawvasee and L. feulleborni. Bothe look terribly alike when young.
you know, since you say this, i am having doubts... i think i am going to buy from New World Aquarium in NYC... its a popular LFS... little extra $$ compared to the others around my area, but who cares... as long as the fish are healthy and good. so i dont think i will have any problems...