03-29-2013, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by GwenInNM
I really want one of these fish, and do have lots of copepods etc in my live rock. I was shocked when I saw one on CL for $30 and tried to buy it. Long story, the person was a flake, and I ended up not getting it. Anyways, the chance of seeing one on CL again will be rare. I can order one at the LFS that is wild caught for $23 or get one that is captive bred for $75. I would of course rather pay $23, but I feel really guilty getting a wild caught one. I hear they are pretty over fished. What are others thoughts about this? I need help making a decision on this one. Thanks.
I wasn't even aware that they captive bred these. I read articles that it was someday going to be possible, but never have seen them available.
Is there any other LFS that can offer a captive bred? The nice thing about having a captive bred is that I assume they can get them to eat prepared food, so they will have a much higher chance of living (if you consider that it may take three tries to have one live, maybe buying one @75 isn't that bad of a deal). And you will probably see a captive bred more. I had a pod eater in my 150, and I never saw him. He hid in the back and chowed on pods all day, lol!
What size is this tank again? How mature is it?