We are not a big importing company like you might think. We are a couple of fish-
I currently have the one 350L tropical tank that is working its way towards an Amazonian whitewater biotope. I still have a feww stragglers left from my previous community that are from South-
I was the instigator of our betta-
I avidly read everything I could find about these gorgeous creatures. The result was they are fragile, but my community tank was using their ideal stats. I informed my other half of 'our' new project and we 'discussed' how we would keep them. I had read that they do better in tanks of 12" deep, so I had to find a long shallow tank, as opposed to shorter and deeper. That was probably the hardest task! In the end, I found this old, run-
I had the tank, the water, the background information, I was just missing the fish. I looked and looked and looked and hunted and looked some more and scoured the internet for people selling some. Nothing. Niet. Nadah. I found empty websites, broken links, dead emails and finished breeders.
I looked into importing from Thailand. It seemed like a lot of hassle just for a hobby, but that's what hobbies are, isn't it? A bottomless pit for money. I did my first shipment in 2010. It went well, albeit at a massive loss to me as I hadn't factored in all the costs. Lesson learnt!
I don't want anyone to find themselves in the same situation. There is a wealth of stunning fish over in Thailand and I think it's time the UK upped their standards a bit! I want everyone to have access to those fish and by having everyone working together, we can bring some over without it costing the moon.