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Post by Michael Milligan on July 30th 2010, 12:57 pm

Hi all!

It recently dawned on me some of my local fishmarkets carry a large variety of live, temperate livestock. China Rockfish, lingcod, flounders, mussles, clams, oysters, prawns, winkles, abalone, sea cucumber, crabs, lobster, limpets and more.

Anyone ever looked at this as a source? Do any of these jump out as good livestock to cycle my tank with?

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Re: Livestock from Chinatown?

Post by Rambo on July 30th 2010, 3:36 pm

yes china markets are good places to look for livestock. watch the oysters, some of them have little anemones on them to.
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Post by Hero on July 31st 2010, 9:11 pm

I have heard of many temarine aquarists acquiring livestock from Chinatowns.

I would just make sure they were freshly caught .

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Post by Jacobnano on July 31st 2010, 10:04 pm

I wouldn't do any fish, but I have been looking for Abalone everywhere!
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Post by Hero on August 1st 2010, 9:37 pm

Abalone are illegal in California. Hunted to near extinction they are finally on the recovery.

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Post by Rambo on August 1st 2010, 11:27 pm

abalone are hard to keep to. water has to be clean and filled with phytoplankton at the same time. that is kind of hard to do. lol

where has everyone been? come on post. Smile
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Post by Michael Milligan on August 2nd 2010, 4:44 am

Jacobnano wrote:I wouldn't do any fish, but I have been looking for Abalone everywhere!

Abalone are easy to get here. There is a huge asian supermarket that has them much of the time.

They are imported abalone. They are illegal to fish here too.

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Post by Rambo on August 2nd 2010, 11:31 am

Did they have any chitons or limpets?
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Post by AquaticEngineer on August 2nd 2010, 1:23 pm

Michael Milligan wrote:
Jacobnano wrote:I wouldn't do any fish, but I have been looking for Abalone everywhere!

Abalone are easy to get here. There is a huge asian supermarket that has them much of the time.

They are imported abalone. They are illegal to fish here too.


What are the size requirements to sell them there? How small can you get them?
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Post by Michael Milligan on August 2nd 2010, 6:47 pm

I suspect they are more of a tropical variety. Didn't look too hard when last there. They are quite costly, and I wasn't a reefer at the time. They were pretty big though... 2-3 inches. From memory. I don't know where they are from.

I need to make my chiller, then look for a fish or two to cycle my tank with. Right now there is just a fishless method... only cuz the water is 23 degrees Celsius and anything will die.

I'm looking at a China rockfish to cycle the tank... likely? There are lots of flounders too. I can get flounders with a hook and line, but this is much easier.
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Post by Hero on August 3rd 2010, 2:59 am

I'm sure they are a sub-tropical species.


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Post by Michael Milligan on August 3rd 2010, 5:59 am

Just finished some reading online. What I saw could be a Chilean Abalone... not a true abalone.
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Post by Rambo on August 3rd 2010, 1:52 pm

Well its still cool! I have relatives who lived in chile.
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Post by Michael Milligan on August 3rd 2010, 6:45 pm

Well... get your temperate tank up and running and in time I just might ship you one Wink
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Re: Livestock from Chinatown?

Post by Hero on August 4th 2010, 11:54 pm

For those who don't know what Chilean Abalones are: they are a species in the rock snail family. Here's a wiki article and some pictures from the article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concholepas_concholepas



An interesting species though, even if they're not true abalones.

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Post by Michael Milligan on August 5th 2010, 5:51 am

And I imagine they are delicious too.

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Post by Hero on August 5th 2010, 1:33 pm

I've never been a big eater of gastropods.. Okay

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Post by Michael Milligan on August 5th 2010, 1:57 pm

NO!? too bad. I guess you wouldn't be interested in some of my home reared escargots!

I'm a cook/chef. Moreover, I'll eat just about anything. There is is a Cantonese saying, "if it crawls, flies, for swims... eat it!" lol
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Post by Hero on August 5th 2010, 2:19 pm

Oh boy. The only seafood I eat is fish and.. fish. As well as the occasional octopus and squid. Clams and shellfish really aren't that bad either. Just not "escargots"! ninja

Although I wouldn't mind them as ornamental pieces in an aquarium Razz.

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Re: Livestock from Chinatown?

Post by Michael Milligan on August 5th 2010, 6:20 pm

When I round up some batteries I'll post some pics in the freshwater forum.
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Post by Hero on August 5th 2010, 11:29 pm

Sounds great.

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