Joined: Jan 02, 2013 Posts: 43 Location: Bangalore-Mahadevpura
Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:27 pm Post subject: Re: Difference between A, AA and AAA Grade discus?
Here is what one of my friend who imports regularly, has to say about this.
"In India no AAA grade is available or imported because of cost. AA is at most and mostly A is available. Atleast I have not seen. Some exporters/breeders have reservations in sending their best quality to India. The breeders have got no universal standards of in-breed discuss. The European quality will vary immensely with Asian one. Indian bred discuss does not suit in A,AA,AAA grade because of Indian water conditions. Since water is different in different places/country/continent a standard specification is not possible. e.g Brazilian A would be at per with Malaysian AA+. A few of his friends hand carried some so called AAA from Dubai, but is never imported in bulk in India". So during the purchase, the buyer knowledge and relevant country of import/breeder (from certificates) is to be judged. Better not to get into the play of ABCD..."
Joined: Jun 29, 2003 Posts: 7085 Location: Bengaluru, India
Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:17 pm Post subject: Re: Difference between A, AA and AAA Grade discus?
Even if you are willing to pay the cost + an additional premium, no seller from abroad will sell
you AA and above quality discus.
They have strict understanding with their European / American buyers that top quality is strictly
reserved for them alone.
Even if you know a breeder personally, I am sorry you'll not get top quality in India. Whatever anyone may claim, this is gospel truth.
The one concession that some foreign breeders make and that is very few if you know him well enough, he will sell you an assortment of fry, which are too young to grade, with which you try your luck and get good offspring.
The best option for a hobbyist is reputed Indian breeders who get A quality discus and breed them, some of the off spring turn out as AA and AAA. It is best to rely on reputed Indian breeders, and support + encourage them by buying their stock, as they have invested considerable time, effort and money over a long time, I would in a way consider them true hobbyists.
But you need to know how to distinguish between A, AA, and AAA quality or what ever combination of letters are used to grade discus, and not be taken for a ride by the numerous hacks in the country. I mean NUMEROUS hacks, so beware.
Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:11 pm Post subject: Re: Difference between A, AA and AAA Grade discus?
@surbabu140977 : Thanks for the genereic info you gave on pricing rates...Can you please PM me the details of the contact person. I have not thought of a budget but can consider what you have told as "Indian variety but good quality". Please PM me on the same..
Thanks once again.
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