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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Why not Peru all the time, you ask


Why doesn’t she have fish from Peru all the time? We want Otocinclus cocama!

I have been overloaded with requests for the fish that I have recently brought in from Peru and wanted to take a minute to explain why they are not available all the time, at least from my shop.

There are several factors which play into the export of fish from Peru. First, I have to find someone reliable to send me the fish that I order- this is easier said than done! Second, freight is VERY expensive, more than double that of many other South American countries. Because of this, doing a large order is financially very, very difficult for me. Thirdly, the majority of fish which are exported come out of Iquitos, in the Northern part of Peru, which has a unique climate.
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Iquitos experiences a noticeable wet season, which arrives in November and ends in May, with March and April tending to feature the wettest weather, seeing precipitation levels of around 12 inches. In May, Iquitos sees the Amazon River reach its highest levels, steadily dropping some 30 feet or 40 feet to its lowest point in October, and then rising steadily thereafter.

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Because of this, most of the tiny fish that I am interested in can only be collected and exported in a very narrow window, during the late summer and fall.

So, despite me wishing I could have these amazing critters ALL the time, this is only possible if a company had the foresight to stockpile a bunch and then offer them for sale throughout the rest of the year, which also results in way inflated pricing.

And that, in a nut shell, is my explanation of why I have those fish only in certain parts of the year.
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Admittedly, this does nothing to quell my thirst for fancy Peruvian fish. But it certainly is interesting to read!

A perfect reminder that this hobby is dependent upon nature and an even more perfect reminder that we're at the whims of weather when it comes to shipping.
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Tell me about it, wish I could get them all year round, but figured this would help explain, at least a little bit, why they are 1. so expensive 2. so uncommonly available.
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We wouldn't want them harvested year round. The species would be wiped out if that was the case.

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Great post about the Peru importing and rain, I'm glad you shared that! I agree, I love the fish from Peru that you get in but I would never want them to be over harvested.

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i understand but love my Parotocinclus peru so much that i would love more... i'll have to wait i guess.

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