Community tropical fish species

Tropical aquarium fish from Belize contribute to the US market since 1973

Tropical Fish For Export-1The marine aquarium trade is considered a lucrative business in which millions of dollars exchange hands globally. In Belize, there have been several companies involved in the exportation of Caribbean reef fish to supply such a trade since 1973, three of which are still in business today. Unbeknownst to many, the fish being exported are from diverse species taken from the Caribbean Sea and shipped live to the USA, and from there various parts of the world to supply aquarium merchants.
According to James Azueta from the Belize Fisheries Department, there are three companies involved in the exportation of live fish. He explained that the three companies are all legitimate businesses and have the required permits to operate such a trade. The three companies are Colson Bay Investments, Marine Life Belize and Tropical Fish Imports/Exports.
Azueta indicated that in order to be granted a license, the applicant must be a Belizean. “You have to apply in writing and submit a proposal specifying the targeted specimen, area to be worked in, handling facility, shipping destination etc. The proposal has to be very concise. However, an application does not guarantee a license, as the areas of collection are large in order to ensure the sustainability of the trade.”
Azueta explained that not only is the trade an old one, but it is regulated and monitored by the Belize Fisheries Department and a host of other agencies who deal with the exportation process. “The Fisheries Department periodically conducts unannounced inspections during collection, at the holding facilities and during shipping. The environmental damage is none, as the specimens are collected over a vast area and of viable populations with high fecundity rates (reproduce fast and in large numbers).” According to the Fisheries Department, because of the method used, mortality rate is estimated 1% and natural mortality rates is around 1 – 5 % by the time it reaches its destination in the USA.
As to the method of collection Azueta explained that absolutely no chemicals are used. Collection is done with a specialized net imported from Japan that...


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Fish tank mystery

by fibsh

So in my 44 gallon tropical tank only the tiger barbs are dying. Over the last two weeks 4 have died. Their fins had been nipped off, IDK if that happened before or after they've died.
The rest of the fish (6 other species) haven't died.
Just as a precaution I'm dosing with Pima/Melafix (antibac/antifungal).
I know the tiger barbs are community fish and maybe they're just stressed. But why would they pick on each other? usually they harass the other fish.

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