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Chinese hi fin, I wish they were not for sale.


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I found a Chinese hi fin or high fin banded shark catfish for sale at my LFS.

Not only are these fish unsuitable for most aquariums due to their adult sizes, they are an endangered species.

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I found a Chinese hi fin or high fin banded shark catfish for sale at my LFS.

Not only are these fish unsuitable for most aquariums due to their adult sizes, they are an endangered species.

Did you educate the staff of your LFS, or the owner?

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I would still make a complaint to the store, and to your local council or animal welfare organisation. I don't know what laws you have over there, but it's illegal to sell endangered species here

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It's actually perfectly legal to sell HFBS here, unfortunately. Their listing as an endangered species doesn't extend past Chinese borders, as they haven't been evaluated to make the world list properly.

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As others have said it does not seem illegal to sell them. Silly laws that don't make sense that forbid us from buying captive bred Asian arowanas with mircochips and then doesn't protect other fish at all.

I'm not going to complain much at the LFS because I hope to get a job there when there's an opening.

That still leaves many other customers who might buy there who can complain.

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