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Posted by Doug T on March 19, 2003 at 00:39:32:
In Reply to: Your second answer, posted by redgarter on March 18, 2003 at 22:25:33:
that Yellowtail trio I'm getting from you. Judging from what you put your animals through to introduce them to your own collection, those little ones I'm getting from you are likely to get sick being introduced to MINE. In fact, can we just consider Yeti avoidance weeks as part of the quaranteen? That'll save a lot of effort on my part.
I'm becoming more and more convinced that the big chunk of change spent on a trio of YellowTails was more of a bargain than I thought.
As for my own thoughts on introducing a new animal(s) to my collection... I recently had my Diamond Pythons die from Bacterial Septecemia. Dr Maas concluded from the necropsy report that the Diamonds could quite likely have been sick from the day I got them (Nov, 2001) and simply succomed this year when brought out of hibernation. They had no outward signs or symptoms of being sick. I even occasionally looked at their feces in my microscope for bugs (never saw anything obvious). Now the 2 perfectly healthy looking animals are dead.
So my current policy is put first priority in buying from a good source (like Dr Phil). If you get the animals from a less than perfect source but the animals look and act healthy and have no obvious problems, then I treat them as healthy animals.
I don't buy any wc animals, as far as I know. I know I'm not willing to go through all the appropriate steps to make sure they are healthy. I'd rather pay the extra $ for good CB animals. Call me lazy, but don't call me cheap...