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Looking for RAINBOW fish! Local breeders?

Anyone aware of any local breeders of rainbow fish? Within Massachusetts or the neighboring states?

Anyone willing to part with some of their own rainbow fish live stock?

I am in the midst of transitioning my tank from discus to rainbow fish and would be interested in trades as well.

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A friend just got some sweet praecox rainbows (I'm told they are from the most recently collected wild stock) from a breeder down by Attleboro, MA.
I think he met him via a rainbow website, but I'm not positive.

You might be able to reach the breeder via the Tropical Fish Society of Rhode Island website, alot of the breeders in that area are TFSRI members.

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Try Jays Aquatics in Salem NH. Their fish quality is excellent and they always have a good stock of rainbow fish. Check out their website Jaysaquatics.net and select freshwater stock. They update their fish inventory every time they get new fish so you know exactly what your driving there for! Good luck!

Btw, not sure but they might even use a local breeder. I know they do for many other fish (S.A.E,Gobys,killis,chiclids)

Its well worth the drive! Everyone's helpful and the girl that runs freshwater is real nice!

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Hi there

So most of the serious rainbowfish folks in the US are all connected on this rainbowfish forum


There is another rainbowfish forum too, but its more european.

If you are looking for rainbows from Mass, there is a breeder there who goes by the name of Mark N. Look for him on the forum, he's quite active, and has quite a few rare species.

Rainbowfish is another user on there who is Gary Lange, he has the biggest rainbowfish collection in North America and has done several collecting trips to Papua New Guinea. He raises a lot of juveniles, and i have gotten fish shipped from him a couple of times. He leaves somewhere around the St. Louis region in Missouri i think.

I know Mark N does do a fair amount of juvenile sales too, however, know that most of us rainbowfish folks tend to get a lot of our fish via egg mops and raise the fish ourselves. Its a lot cheaper, and honestly, as someone who does breed fish, it takes a long time to get juveniles to a point where you can sell them. Just be patient with rainbows, they take a while to color up - give them a year - but are well worth it.


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Oh by the way, probably should mention, most of the rainbowfish forum folks are very aversive to the local fish store stock, and for good reason. A lot of it is mass produced in Florida and they have not kept the genetic lines pure and their colors are often very poor by comparison to what you would naturally find. If you're serious about getting bows, you really need to get them from a local breeder. There's a lot of hybrids out there. The emerald rainbow for one is a cross, the australian bows you see in the shops have probably been crossed innumerable times too, etc. So many of these fish are under so much threat in the wild and have such a narrow geographic range that if we don't do what we can to protect the lines in the hobby they will likely all be gone before long.
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