Steve, you've only been a member for a couple of days... patience is a virtue.
But I want fish now - LOL.
Seriously, I do have some patience, but when you decide to start keeping a fish you haven't had in awhile, the anticipation does drive you. The problem is, I've been looking for weeks and have come up with very little. I'm not used to that. Usually when I want a new fish, I can find top-notch stock easily and get my project going.
Darrell demonstrates what I'm trying to explain. If you take the time to build relationships with people and really experience a club for what it is, you'll never want for fish. Selling just isn't the point for most people in any hobby, especially when there are factors like strain development and conservation involved. We want to experience fishkeeping, not just do it.
Outside of participating on forums, clubs seems to have annual events that some attend, but it's tough to take years to develop these relationships when you want fish soon.
If you really want to get started now, check out GoliadFarms.com. Charles Clapsaddle is on our BOD and his fish are exceptional enough to clean up at ALA shows. I've had the pleasure of receiving his fish and while he may be in the fish business, the fact that he's a hobbyist is reflected strongly in his fish.
Now, that's the kind of info I was hoping to find here. Thanks! Between this and a few careful selections off aquabid, I should be all set. I appreciate the help.