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    Posted: October 25 2012 at 2:46pm
I would like to get some input to see is it worthy to look into breeding clown fish to support local fish store.  As of now I am just doing it for fun, but would like the hobby paid for it self sometime down in the road. So is there a big market for clown fish, because I don't want to end up with hundreds of fish and no store would want it. And what is a fair price to ask for a fish. Any input is greatly appreciate.
 
 
What is a fair price to ask for?
 
Regular ocellaris ?
Regular Percular?
True Percular?
Darwin Black/White?
Ausis Black/white?
SnowFlake?
Black Ice ?
Platinum?
Picasso?
any other?
 
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I'd suggest you talk with the local stores and see if they need more local suppliers and what they pay for the baby clows.
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IMO there are a lot more people doing it then LFS to buy.. 
This is more than a hobby; its a lifestyle.
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I have heard through the grape vine that wild harvest of clowns is going to be banned. I would think if that happens it would be good money.

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Ocellaris and Perculas are almost always in demand, but there is not a lot of profit in them.
Any other kind of clown including designer clowns, one could easily flood the local market with just one pair, but there is potentially a much bigger profit margin. 
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Originally posted by napalm77 napalm77 wrote:

I have heard through the grape vine that wild harvest of clowns is going to be banned. I would think if that happens it would be good money.

I actually heard that as well. But if you do breed designer clowns, only a small percentage will come out to be designer clowns, And getting a GRADE A would be pretty small. The majority of them will come out standard old clown fish. 
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Originally posted by Nails12 Nails12 wrote:

Originally posted by napalm77 napalm77 wrote:

I have heard through the grape vine that wild harvest of clowns is going to be banned. I would think if that happens it would be good money.

I actually heard that as well.
Yep, that is true.  See link.  http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/reef_fish_in_peril/pdfs/Clownfish-and-damselfish-petition-2012.pdf
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I sold a batch of 20 baby occularis clowns a couple of months ago. I just sold to members on the board. I sold them for $10 each. I asked fish stores how much they would give me for them and it was between $6 and $8 depending on the store. I had no problem selling them.
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I think you can make a few bucks and with time you will eventually sell them all . However you are not going to make so much to retire on or anything unless you open a warehouse and obtain hundreds of mated pairs but then it would just be like changing professions because you will be spending more than 40 hours a week at it. So if it something you enjoy. Have fun with but don't take it to serious. I know at least 10 people on the wasatch front who ethier are currently doing it or have in the recent past. I am sure there is more to.
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