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WC bandensis eggs!

Thales

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I am selling bandensis eggs through www.newalameda.com - a local fish store that I help out.

The eggs/babies are at my place and I bring them over as needed. I should be getting more eggs this week, and right now I have about 10 eggs and 10 babies - the eggs are hatchin!

:biggrin2:

RR
 

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Righty,

Are the babies for sale fresh hatchlings? I'm considering a few but I don't know if I'm ready to commit to raising mysis just yet.

Dan
 

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Freshish. They will still be doing mysids for a month or so. If you are on the east coast it is easier to buy mysids, or you could experiment with different foods. Are you near the shore?
 

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Hey Rich

good you can make almost as much on the eggs as the hatchlings, I'll bet you prefer to sell them that way too, bit less hassle?

Has there been much interest yet? Could be a real niche
 

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I am near the shore. This weekend I might try to see if I can harvest some. This area is typically wave-dominated sandy beaches and I don't know if that's ideal for catching them.

Dan
 

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Dan,
Find a bay or a harbor and flip some rocks and see what you can see.

Colin,
No idea if the prices are workable in the long run. I do know that as they hatch I have to start 'taking care of them' so it seems reasonable to ask more money for them. I have shipped both eggs and babies and they ship about the same. I don't know about the interest yet, they only went on the website yesterday. :smile:
In the past, there hasn't been as much actual interest as testing the water interest. :smile:
 

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Guess I might get lynched here by others but I think that you are selling yourself short with $10 per hatched baby.

As you said, that's when you have to start looking after them and that's when it gets expensive. No reason why you couldn't ask double or treble that? People get what they pay for and a healthy captive hatched cuttle is worth it in my opinion!

cheers an keep up the good work
C
 

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Hehehe, Colin, lets wait until after I've ordered (or decided not to) before encouraging a price hike :smile:

The biggest interest from hobbyists might come from selling juveniles 4-8 weeks old. I personally would pay a premium to avoid SIDS and mysids.

Dan
 

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I was thinking along the lines of $50-75. $100 each might be a bit much for me: at that point the mysids start to look a lot better in my cost-benefit analysis. Is $100 where they become worthwhile to sell at age? I suppose you don't have the same benefits of scale as the seahorse people who can sell in that price range.

Dan
 

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