Best size to sell shell dwellers?

jkkgron2

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Hi everyone!

As some of you may know, my shellies recently bred and I want to sell them once I’ve grown them out. I’ve never sold fish before, so I don’t know whats a good size or price for the shellies. I was thinking 5 half-inch fry for $10? Then, once they get older (about 1-2 inches) I’d sell them individually for $5?

Please let me know what size you think I should sell them, and what I should sell them for!
 

AggressiveAquatics

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I don’t know if they are worth more or not but I can tell you if I were to be a customer those prices are good and I wouldn’t question anything
 

Flyfisha

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Hi jkkgron2
IMO they should be sold in groups of 6 -8 as a minimum.

They are $20 Australian each. My local club members try to keep the price high.
Sell them for half the price of YOUR local shops. Perhaps have a few free ones in the bag to sweeten the deal?

Just catching this species takes time.
I found a bottle trap to be the best way to catch a few every 2 hours. It’s best to empty the trap every 2 hours in my opinion and not leave it set up overnight.

Once you have a few dozen you will not be concerned about the size of those you are selling. Anything over half grown is suitable for sale . Anything smaller is released from the trap.

As you trap release into a separate tank or a hang on front breeding box that’s air driven. This will give you the 24 hours needed to catch a couple of bags full.
 

John58ford

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My lfs has been doing multis $12 for a random individual. They had some similIs for $15. The best they offered on the multis was 2 for $20.

That said, they were tank bred and breeding in store, they offered to let me take proven pairs for $30. I would think once you can identify a male and female pair (or a male and harem) is when you can make some money on them. As juvies I think your prices are more than fair, and it would take some time for them to grow out in your buyers tanks and start breeding. A group of 5 juvenile honestly should have at least one possible pair, maybe 2 so I would think up to $20 for 5. Are you shipping those or selling locally? Getting the value of the fish high enough to justify shipping is the real cost.
 
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jkkgron2

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Flyfisha said:
Hi jkkgron2
IMO they should be sold in groups of 6 -8 as a minimum.

They are $20 Australian each. My local club members try to keep the price high.
Sell them for half the price of YOUR local shops. Perhaps have a few free ones in the bag to sweeten the deal?

Just catching this species takes time.
I found a bottle trap to be the best way to catch a few every 2 hours. It’s best to empty the trap every 2 hours in my opinion and not leave it set up overnight.

Once you have a few dozen you will not be concerned about the size of those you are selling. Anything over half grown is suitable for sale . Anything smaller is released from the trap.

As you trap release into a separate tank or a hang on front breeding box that’s air driven. This will give you the 24 hours needed to catch a couple of bags full.
My LFS sells 1 inch ones for $15, so I’m guessing a lot of people would want to buy the ones I’m selling, if I sell 1 inch ones for $8? If anyone wants 5+ I’d offer to throw in a freebie. Right now the fry are about 1/8 of an inch, and I’ll be transferring them to a 6.5g grow out for the time being once the parents abandon them.

John58ford said:
My lfs has been doing multis $12 for a random individual. They had some similIs for $15. The best they offered on the multis was 2 for $20.

That said, they were tank bred and breeding in store, they offered to let me take proven pairs for $30. I would think one you can identify a male and female pair (or a male and harem) is when you can make some money on them. As juvies I think your prices are more than fair, and it would take some time for them to grow out in your buyers tanks and start breeding. A group of 5 juvenile honestly should have at least one possible pair, maybe 2 so I would think up to $20 for 5. Are you shipping those or selling locally? Getting the value of the fish high enough to justify shipping is the real cost.
I don’t think I’ll be growing them out enough to be able to get some male female pairs. Since I have a small grow out tank I want to be able to sell most of them at 1/2 inch, and then I’ll be able to grow the remaining juveniles out so they reach around an inch. The species I’m selling is neolamprologus caudopunctatus, and I haven’t seen many for sale in my area.

I won’t be shipping them. It gets really cold in MN during the winter, so I’d be concerned with it getting too cold for the fish.
 

Flyfisha

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Be careful if you move fry to a grow out .That may just start another colony of the flipping things.
When I sold my shellies I had over 80 in a two foot 83 litre/ 22 gallon having already sold dozens pre Covid-19. I found the fry to grow successfully in the adult tank if you just feed everyone lots including brine shrimp daily.
With that number I was doing two or three 40% water changes per week.
To get good growth with any fry multiply water changes are the key in my opinion.
 
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jkkgron2

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Flyfisha said:
Be careful if you move fry to a grow out .That may just start another colony of the flipping things.
When I sold my shellies I had over 80 in a two foot 83 litre/ 22 gallon having already sold dozens pre Covid-19. I found the fry to grow successfully in the adult tank if you just feed everyone lots including brine shrimp daily.
With that number I was doing two or three 40% water changes per week.
To get good growth with any fry multiply water changes are the key in my opinion.
80?! Wow!!! Right now I’m doing 40% weekly, but I’ll be upping it as the fry get older. I wish that I could keep these guys in the main tank, but I have one of the more aggressive species that just needs more space if I were to raise them in the main tank. In the 6.5g I’ll be doing 20% water changes every 3 days. If all goes well with the endler I’m introducing to the grow out tank (to make sure it’s cycled and safe for the babies- I will remove the endler before adding any babies) then I’ll be moving over a few babies next week, although most will be left with the parents.
 

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