“Starting a Fish Shop”
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  • udochukwu said on January 31, 2011
    Hi i am from Nigeria,i want to start an icl fish store and i have no knowledge about it, i need your help and the name of fish am going to start selling and how much it will cost me to start it God bless and Thank you.
  • tony martinez said on February 8, 2011
    houston,texas starting a fish store would appreciate as much information as possible,thanks.
  • John said on February 12, 2011
    Milwaukee Wisconsin, I'm working on a business plan for a saltwater fish and coral store. Mainly coral growing ect. I'm looking into solar power for the company to help out with the cost of electricity. Do you know where I could get any info. on this or anyone who could help. Thankyou John
  • Ryan Close said on February 24, 2011
  • James expert adviser said on February 24, 2011
    @Ryan, it depends with the state. Give a call to city clerk office to make sure if you need any special permit for fish shop as it is counted under perishable food.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • zeeshan Rasheed said on March 8, 2011
    I have a small business of export of salt water Frozen Fish we have world top line bottom fish like Mackerel, Grouper, Red Snapper Crabs and Prawns at very cheap prize. mail me zeekk79@gmail.com for price list. Defiantly you will earn a lot.
  • cory said on March 24, 2011
    how do i go about starting a fish shop (freshwater) in the uk do i need to apply for a license or that?
  • ronald said on March 27, 2011
    a party looking to open a tropical fish supply store is interested in renting a space in my building, what kind of special needs would they require. how can I protect the space from moisture or other damages. The space is 2400 sq ft. We have sheet rock walls and other adjacent tenants. Will there be any order ect.? We have no knowledge in this area. The party is willing to meet our requests.
  • Joshua said on April 25, 2011
    I have been in the aquarium hobby for over 10 years now working with fresh and saltwater. I'm looking into starting a 2500 sq foot aquarium store in houston tx. My partner and i would be doing 60% freshwater and 40% saltwater. We would like to get a business plan template, and any information on needed permits we would have to secure aside from a DBA. Our budget is around $100k. Thanks!
  • Dusan said on April 29, 2011
    Hello, I am Dusan from Serbia. I am working in one of the largest fishponds in region. The annual carp fish production in our ponds is more then 3500 tons, but the main problem is to find a buyer. Recently, we are interested to launch live carp fish, or fish fillets on European market. So, if you have information that would help me to find potential buyers? Thanks in advance...
  • Hilary said on May 14, 2011
    Hello, I'm thinking about opening a fish shop w/ my brother in Michigan. We both have a decent amount of knowledge about fish and how to care for them. I would like to mainly sell fresh water fish in a small shop. I would like to know about start up costs and any/all other details as far as getting a fish business up and going. Thank you
  • enay nathaniel said on May 22, 2011
    hi, i want to start up a fish pond farming business...The question is...(1) what will be the initial amount required and what it will be used for.(2)what will be the expected revenue and itemized cost for five years.
  • S D Sharma said on June 7, 2011
    Hi, I have started freshwater aquarium business for 1 years ago. I am running this from my home along with my private service in a ltd company. I am facing a problem about the sale. I am manufacturing glass aquariums myself and dealing in all type of accessories related to this hobby. I want to know that how can i promote my business more widely. I also has made my free website as: www.indiamart.com/akshitaaquariums . I am not registered with sales tax department yet because my business is not so vast yet. but due to this i can't sent goods to out of my city to the customers outside my city. Kindly suggest me how can i run this business smoothly and in an effective way. Thanks. Akshita Aquariums, Phagwara (Punjab), India
  • Hank Miller said on June 9, 2011
    I have a tropical fish store for sale in orange county ca. For more details call me at 310-316-3316 ext. 101.
  • JH said on June 29, 2011
    Lakeland, FL 33813. I am looking to open a tropical fish store. I will likely specialize in freshwater cichlids. I am researching what I need to open shop.
  • www.vangsplakat.com beginner adviser said on July 4, 2011
    Hello, to help all those that are wanting to start a fish biz...it is very simple, and I am opening up one with less than $3,000...as my specialty is show quality bettas. All you really need is to get your business plan in order, especially if you want to lease a building. I suggest starting off with an e-commerce for a year or two, to see how you like it before investing into leasing a building and all the supplies you'll need. It differs from state to state, but the basics you'll need are your EIN which is FREE to obtain thru IRS website. Then you'll need to check with your city hall, just give them a call. Most likely you'll just need a business license, or a seller's permit...if leasing, you'll need your occupancy permits and in some states a pet store license. All permits and licenses will cost you between $150-300 or more depending on your state. Just be sure when you lease, to go ahead and pay in advance your first 2 months for your lease so you won't need to worry about it for the first 2 months. Also, don't forget to get insurance to cover your products and liability to cover any accidents. Any questions, please feel free to contact me. vangsplakat@yahoo.com, I am located in Milwaukee, WI. My store is Vang's Plakat Aquaria


  • Nicole said on July 11, 2011
    Norht bay, Ontario salt water store I am starting a salt water store but I am not sure were I can order stock does nay one know who can help thank you..
  • pankaj purohitt said on August 21, 2011
    I am an aquarist for last 30 years and have gained lots of experience by way of breeding and installations of aquariums. Today I can easily suggest a novice to take such easy steps for opening a new aquarium shop under my guidelines which surely kick start his business with sure profits and even a prospective client base which is readily available but needs to be tabbed and searched. Later this is such a business that it creates a chain system if your approach towards customer is imparting knowledge and providing services when required.Anybody in India can approach me for franchisee or set-ups on my e-mail.tropicanafishaquarium1966@gmail.com
  • malik IRFAN said on August 21, 2011
    hello guys, i m looking to open a fish shop in ireland anybody could give me an idea please ? like how much investment? what u need like license? what equipments? and where to get them? i will be great full if u could help please on villageinn_1@hotmail.com thanks a lot bye
  • bob said on August 21, 2011
    Me and my friend was interested in starting a saltwater fish store in North Carolina and I was wondering if you think we could succeed.Do we need any license?please email(uploader2010360@gmail.com)
  • NICK said on September 28, 2011
  • webster muonwa said on October 6, 2011
    Thanks Vang's Plakat for the advice. You don't know how much help you are giving to the human race. I am in a small town called Mutare, Zimbabwe, where I am setting up the first fish shop in town. I'm very excited about the concept. Wish me luck. Will keep you posted on the progress, but I'm dreaming big.Keep it up and God bless.
  • stefan said on October 20, 2011
    what type of license do i need to be able to get fish from wholesale warehouses vs the pet stores.
  • Sam said on November 19, 2011
    I'm selling my tropical fish store in Southern California. Anyone interested email me back at pcreef@aol.com for more info. Thanks, Sam.
  • Ed Jones said on November 21, 2011
    Hi, I consult people who are looking to import Saltwater & Freshwater & Coral from overseas. Can show you how to import and not use broker. Been in this business over 45 years. I can save you money and make you money. Tel: 678-402-8820 (Atlanta Metro area).
  • Theresa said on January 22, 2012
    Looking to open a small local fish store w/ saltwater, fresh water and corals. Need vendors, need ideas, need advice.
  • Jessica Money said on January 23, 2012
    Hi, my husband and I were thinking about starting a saltwater fish store in Dothan, Alabama. We would appreciate any information you could give us on how to get the business started and what we would need to get it going.Thank you
  • yuen said on February 5, 2012
    hello i am plan to open freshwater fish shop in new york. i mean my main selling plant or maybe some popular fish. my few question
    1. do i need get/apply any license or permit to open my fish store,
    2. how much money i need put on this business," basically i just want open small shop ,just one people to take care on it, which is me,can you help me count on around how much i need spend .
    3. how to get fish,where is wholesale,how can i contact them
    4. can you give me more information or idea or advice for how to run this business
    i am very very appreciated an thank you so much
  • lynnette said on February 20, 2012
    Me and my boyfriend want to start out own marine fish business as we have a real passion for it. Due to costing of a shop we were thinking of starting online but not too sure how to work this. Any information or help would be much appreciated. Thanks
  • Shawn said on March 4, 2012
    My fiance and I are wanting to start a salt water/freshwater fish, coral store in Moline, IL. What are we looking at for start up costs as well as a supplier for the fish? Would love any advice you could give us! Thank you in advance!
  • Howard said on March 11, 2012
    I am going to retire but I wanted b4 I do sell ONE last bunch of KOI i kind of over purchased and have 40,000 koi now Any good ideas on Sales in Indiana LIVE FISH OF INDIANA Bloomington Indiana, i am moving to my fish farms in Asia when these are sold
  • Dan Welker said on March 15, 2012
    My wife and I are looking to open a saltwater/ fresh water fish store in Decatur, il. Any advice and start up costs would be greatly appreciated.
  • Michelle Perdue said on March 30, 2012
    Hi i was thinking about opening a bait/fish store business in Foster Missouri Bates county and was just wondering if you know where to get permits to start a business like that and may know how much i need to start out for my business. thanks michelle perdue
  • Devon Carpenter said on April 13, 2012
    i'm so interested in opening my own store i'm 23 and have no idea on where to start like suppliers? i have a prime location so far and i was wondering start up cost please send any information to devhova10@gmail.com please. i'm in dover de 19901
  • Joe Schide said on April 14, 2012
    I live in palmdale Ca. If any body would like to buy appr. 20 very large Koi and about 75-100 6"-8" babies, please let me know. I am moving and all is for sale at a very inexpensive price. My telephone # is 661-998-5536. I have some really nice Fantails. Many different colors.
  • antonio winthrop said on April 15, 2012
    me my fiance and a friend are currently trying to start a fish store in pasco county florida we have some distributors and wholesalers any info you can provide us which will be very helpful and greatly appreciated we have fish coral were somewhat into the process need help on building structure of the place. thanks very much
  • mangani said on April 17, 2012
    Am a 21 year old from Lusaka,Zambia kindly asking on the instruments on how to start fish supplying. am really interested in the fish business got the whole concept from Japan as it holds the largest fish market in the world. a reply will be much appreciating..
  • Jared jewell said on May 14, 2012
    I am wanting to open a saltwater store in Illinois. What certifications/ licenses do I need?
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  • Mark Alessi said on May 26, 2012
    Hi there - I have over 22 years of experience running and owning saltwater and aquarium stores. I am also versed in freshwater as well. I currently have my South Florida saltwater store up for sale as I am re-locating. The store is a staple in our area with many huge mother colonies of many varieties of LPS corals in a giant reef system that I frag regularly. Our service department and aquarium installation are a great business here as well. If anyone would be interested please call 754-234-6796 or email reefsedge@comcast.net. I also offer services on educating and training on how to successfully set up and run your aquarium business. Pictures of the store are available upon request (please provide your email address). Thanks - Mark
  • Kasi said on May 27, 2012
    I am interested in starting a shop with Aquariums and pet fishes. Could you please guide me doing . How much capital is required for starting it. I have my own shop for it, but still requires any interior to be done.
  • David said on July 15, 2012
    I am looking open a pet/fish store in a small rapidly developing town in Central Pa would you kindly send me some info about what it takes to start up what not to do and what to be sure i do thank you and i am be waiting for a email.
  • Reuben Jinega said on July 26, 2012
    Actually, I have the source of getting fresh water food (fish). My concern is on getting an interested business partner from Zimbabwe or Zambia. The type of fish is that the Perch, Tilapia and ultimately the small ones known as dagaa in a local term. anyone interested, s/he can contact me by the e-mail: jinegareuben@yahoo.com
  • Banda Ilunga Abedeo said on August 6, 2012
    In two or three weeks I will open a aquarium fish 'Aquapetlubum" in Lubumbashi, Katanga province in DR Congo and am looking for aquarium fish suppliers in Zambia, Tanzania or Zimbabwe contact me on email: abedeo@yahoo.fr or aquapetlubum@yahoo.fr
  • Vishal said on October 22, 2012
    I am from india and we wanted to start a new aquarium business. I would like to know that if i want to purchase live tropical fish from malyasia or indonesia. which kind of license i should apply for? what should i do? or any nice agency company can be recommended for me?
  • Deric said on October 24, 2012
    I am from Penang, Malaysia. At the moment, we are exporting flowerhorn fish (lor han)to Singapore, US, Hong Kong and some local market. We do not cater for walk in customer. Now, we are planning to open a shop for walk in customer. Is it advisable to open shop for public? How should we plan? Thanks. My email address: derickhoo@gmail.com
  • wesley engel said on October 24, 2012
    Hi I've been really passionate in the reefing hobby and planning on starting a business online for starters selling coral frags no fish for awhile and selling everything you could need for starting and maintaining a reef tank from pumps to test kits and protein skimmers and such. Is there any tips on how I can do this and what I would need to do this in the state of texas. I already got my tax papers done and ready I need to register my name in the state then get my EIN but what else would I need to do to become legal and are corals taxable or is online selling somehow tax exempt? Please help me out, thanks, Wesley E
  • Banda Ilunga Abedeo said on October 25, 2012
    I and my wife are looking for a tropical fish suppliers from zambia , zimbabwe and south africa for our pet shop in Lubumbashi, katanga province in DR Congo
  • Rabvy Cheah said on November 12, 2012
    Hi sir, ise. I'm from Kuching east malaysia. I'm just starting my marine fish online shop. It's not a big size and how to take care / treat the newly import fish as when first time my fish coming. almost all die after a few days i put in my newly tank. Please advise. Regards
  • mang'era said on November 15, 2012
    Hi, am from TANZANIA EAST AFRICA , am looking a cichlids(ornamental fish from like Tanganyika, like malawi(nyasa) and like victoria) business partner, who will be provide us equipment for starting a business because we are already establish a company and getting registration from government the problem we need to get equipment for starting if any one interesting with this business just contact with me manmartin2007@yahoo.com
  • amon said on November 21, 2012
    hi am aquaculture scientist from Tanzania looking for a business partner to start an aquarium shop in Dar es salaam , i have all technical and business information. Any one who is interested check with me through amontamilwai@yahoo.com. +255(0)712000781
  • naziya khan said on December 6, 2012
    hello. i am interested in establishing an aquarium shop in mumbai how feasible this business is?
  • Caleb casciani said on December 20, 2012
    hey! me and some of my best friends want to open a small shop in hopes of growth. we are located in northwest CT and could use all the tips we can get on starting this business. thanks!
  • Wioleta Lach said on January 3, 2013
    Dear Sir/Madam, I wonder if you can help me to find out about license to sell various smoked fish in Tenerife? I looking forward to hearing from you. Your faithfully, Wioleta Lach
  • gary walker said on January 3, 2013
    I have Been considering setting up an aquatic shop for quite a while now and would appreciate any costs and advice you could give me. I'm from the UK and have past knowledge of working in the aquatic trade 15 years ago and would really like to have an aquatic retail business of my own. Thank you for assistance
  • chuong le said on January 4, 2013
    Hi! i am thinking to start aquarium supplies business selling supplies online, can you give me an advice the steps i have to do
  • Margie Garcia said on January 12, 2013
    My son is interested in opening his own shop for freshwater fish. Can u tell us how to get started and how to obtain a license for buying wholesale???
  • Nicky Muller said on January 19, 2013
    I am thinking of opening a shop in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to sell fresh water fish, aquariums, fish food etc. Please can you send me the detail on the best suppliers for these licensing to do this.
  • Ken Cocolin said on January 22, 2013
    Want to open a service and Saltwater shop. Lorton VA 22192
  • Willie said on January 30, 2013
    Hi, I want to start my own tropical and salt water fish store and i just wanted to know where can i go to get a license. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Scott said on February 14, 2013
    I'm looking into starting a fish/pet store. How do i find wholesalers for the fish and products? Hawaii.
  • hieu bui said on February 18, 2013
    hi i want to start my own salt water fish store where i can get FISH AND PRODUCTS?email me at apolologo@yahoo.com. THANK YOU
  • ganesh said on March 2, 2013
    Dear Sir, Myself Ganesh and i am from India. I am a hobbiest & am having fresh water fishes in my house.( Flower horn Fish & RTG Aworona fish). I & my wife are interested in establishing an aquarium shop in house in Pune (Maharashtra). We are planing to keep 3 to 4 fish tank in our house along with the flower horn fish to sell. I am service person & i would like to start a small business form my house. You are requested kindly guide me whether should we go for this business. and also give us some useful tips how to run this business. Thanks & Regards Ganesh
  • Barry Geller said on March 25, 2013
    I live in sw Florida I want to purchase and sell saltwater inhabitants from wholesalers and sell to the general pubic. What Licenses would I need? I would sell both online and pick up option. I will not have a store front.
  • Chris Hop said on April 12, 2013
    I am thinking about starting a fish shop and need some advice on where to start and any other steps you can include. I deal with mostly freshwater larger fish now and would like the store to be freshwater with a few hard to find salt water fish like smaller sharks and ray with a few coral. I am trying to open out in raleigh nc.
  • visak said on April 22, 2013
    i am interested in starting my own aquarium store in my home. Is there any requirements for getting any license or membership from govt. to start this in thrissur district kerala. Kindly mail me with your valid informations
  • mark said on April 25, 2013
    i do it for fun. if your doing it for money dont. fish farmers are starving to death. not know bad timing
  • Tommy Huynh said on April 27, 2013
    I would like to open my own fish shop in Farmington Hills, MI 48335
  • lesley gibson said on June 2, 2013
    Hello i'm looking for some info and as much help as possible to start my own aquatic shop i currently have my own personal tanks one 3ft tropical and a 4ft marine . i would ideally like to do a shop with tropical and marine fish as i have to travel unto an hr for my local marine and pets at home for my tropical but they dont have much of a selection. i would ideally like to start small try and build it up from bottom upwards and hopefully once set up getting regular customers and enjoy owning my first business
  • James said on July 3, 2013
    Hello, we have smoke cat-fish for sell. The smoke cat -fish is from west africa, The Gambia. We get bulk shipment and will like to know store, supermarket and others who are in need of smoke cat fish
  • James said on July 3, 2013
    my email address is :apex.products33@gmail.com, we are in Ontario, Canada
  • rahul said on July 8, 2013
    hi i am from INDIA, I want to start fish AQUARIUM business. PLS email me on love2rahul2000@gmail.com or +91 9924183311
  • CHANDRASHEKHAR said on July 16, 2013
    Hello, Dear Sir i am starting a small business of fish aquarium business, in Bidar, Karnataka (India) Pleas give me information of who start Business, any government approval?
  • Austin Nwoke said on July 20, 2013
    We are importers and manufacturers of Aquatic products based in Lagos, Nigeria and we are major exporters of Cat fish, Mackerel, Salt Water Fishes etc. We also consult for people who are starting up their new businesses on how to procure the products they need. Should you need any of our products or services, contact me via phone on 234-8136043413 or E-mail: rochmarketingcompany@yahoo.com. For starters fresh water fishes or for saltwater fishes? contact us with the above information. Thank you. We look forward to doing business with you. Sincerely Austin Nwoke.
  • Sachin S. Kinlekar said on August 21, 2013
    hi i want do fish business in mumbai wholesale market in malad, andheri, versova or mazgaon, can any body suggest me to to get through it. my native place is vengurla (goa) near sea shore. thanks sachin s. kinlekar
  • Alex said on November 3, 2013
    Hi, I'm going to smoke fish and sell it. Do you know, must I have a license for that?
  • Gino said on November 26, 2013
    Windhoek Namibia Africa. Hi i am trying to open up a fresh fish shop so what equipment do i need and how much for starting capital
  • dustin said on December 29, 2013
    I'm wanting to start a small fresh water fish store in my town we had 1 15 years ago and closed after 4 years so the only place to get fish or any animal stuff is the Walmart. I would like to get some info on how to get a loan what kind of permits i would need. Also if it would be a good idea. I want to start off selling fish but also grow into a salt water store also all animal store. If info would be greatly appreciated
  • KATE said on January 7, 2014
    Hello Zimbabwe. Are there any hobbyists looking for live ornamental fish? email me
  • rizwan said on February 12, 2014
    I want to start fish farming bisness in mumbai
  • ganesh said on February 13, 2014
    Hi myself ganesh & i am from Pune. I am a hobbiest & plans to a open aquarium shop. I do have my own shop. Presently i have 2 flowerhorn fish at my home.
    Could you please guide me how to start my own business.
    1. From where i can get good quality & cheap rate of ornamental fishes.
    2. How to sell the fishes in pair.
    3. How much fund do i require to open a shop.
    4. How to keep the profit margin.
    5. Is there any books for the same.
    If you any suggestions or can help me in anyway it would be very much appreciated. Many Thanks, Ganesh, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Wayne E. said on March 22, 2014
    I'm living in country in central Texas, I been always want to have a fish shop and raising them and educates kids about fishes occasionally, and I do have a lot of fishtanks myself, I been looking for answers for me to start, where to start a first step, next, the next, and anything that would help, I appreciate it thank you :)
  • Lynn S. said on April 1, 2014
    I own a large fish store that's doing very well I would be happy to answer your question. I am considering doing a small training glass on opening a store and being successful it seems that's what missing here. I have a training manual almost finished that can be used for training employee's as well as your self. I can be contacted at the email address above.
  • Kat said on June 1, 2014
    To Lynn S. Cannot access your email from your message. We are expanding into fish very soon. I am looking for training manuals and/or policy/procedures for the fish department. If you can help my email is desertdog@zianet.com. Thank you and much appreciated
  • murugiya sujeevan said on June 17, 2014
    I'm wanting to start color fish shop this for years but don't know where to start any info would be much appreciated. thanks
  • faisal khan said on July 16, 2014
    Hi, i want to start wholesale business of freshwater fish in mumbai, Could any one help me out from where i can contact to get these freshwater fishes and which are fresh water fishes i ll have to target initially to start the business and how much money is required to start it
  • Mar said on August 15, 2014
    Hi, I was planning to open a fish shop in our area Bohol Philippines. Can you advice me where should I start? I had a big stream fed pond size about 1/4 of an acres and the deep is 6 ft. We had a koi already in the pond, I did not change water of it. I only feed them 2 or 3 times a day. What should I do to start a shop?
  • vimalkanth said on August 29, 2014
    i am vimal from chennai, india. i am having all type of indian fishes i like to do business with foreign people anybody interested please let me know... my contact no-09094568555
  • priyantha said on September 15, 2014
    I do live I Malawi I have tried all resources to import fish in to the country but I have failed if any one know or do like help will be great
  • Nathan Bazeley said on September 30, 2014
    Hi, I am looking to open a fish shop in the east midlands where I live and after reading Lynn S's post am interested in getting in contact with her. How can I do this? There are no email addresses to contact? Can anyone help please?
  • Fabrizio said on October 28, 2014
    Hello, I’m interested in starting a coral import business in London and I want to sell them through an e-commerce so I’d like to know what types of licensing and other obstacles are in this (CITES).
  • Moses peter said on October 28, 2014
    Hai I am planning to start a aquarium store in Bangalore [India] I have no idea how to start up the business an have no idea how much would it cost totally am anyone email an advice me thanking you Moses peter
  • Roland said on October 31, 2014
    Hi, Can you help me with the business set up and with the business plan. Thanks
  • Arun Verma Aquatic Company said on November 16, 2014
    If anyone wants to start in Pine Maharashtra then just contact me on 7385031976 and I will try my level best to help you out.
  • aldrin oraa said on December 3, 2014
    I'm aldrin newly in this kind of business live fish., lobsters and red grouper...i need a financiers to help me to direct sale in hongkong. Any body have an idea.,our business here in palawan
  • Andreas Shiimbashike said on December 28, 2014
    I wish to start fish business and i do not know where to start. I need your advices on how to get suppliers and how to keep the supply going. Namibia
  • D Kidder said on January 16, 2015
    Great little article! I would love more information on starting a fish shop in Utah. Thanks you!
  • Rowan Prince said on January 17, 2015
    Hi, me and a friend are looking at building a large outhouse at my mums, and begin selling saltwater fish and coral. we both have a very strong interest in these types of fish, and both have large tanks at our own homes. i just wondered, with it not being a 'Shop' as such, do we need a license? also any other info would be greatly accepted. Thanks
  • Anthony Bennett said on January 21, 2015
    hey am Anthony Bennett, i have been in the ornamental fish biz for over 20 yrs. If you are interested in starting your own fish store and need a partner.I am able to supply you with equipment and fish and only requires a 20% share of the business and accepts payments of consignments in installments. Anyone interested, send a copy of your business plan with resume craigtownfishbiz@gmail.com by feb 15th.
  • sylvester said on February 4, 2015
    I've been thinking of opening of a fish store in rural Namibia . Could you please assist in how to get started and get things moving.


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