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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V6 #121 - catching your own

G'day Tom

Thanks for the enjoyment I get from your contributions. For many years my
most enjoyable experiences in fishkeeping have been from going out to
various places here in Australia and "fishwatching" as well as collecting
various plants , fish, rocks, wood etc to take home to "play" with.

However I urge you to reconsider returning anything to the wild from your
tanks to avoid the risk of inadvertently introducing disease organisms from
aquarium sources to the environment. Instead please consider donating them
to another hobbyist, club member, local aquarium etc who will enjoy them
after you. There is some evidence that diseases from the aquarium trade have
been responsible for local fish, frogs etc being threatened over here.

There is a lot of satisfaction from taking home an almost insignificant
little piece of native marginal plant and seeing it transform into something
spectacularly different with some CO2 and good lighting.


Bruce  (Hansen)

President ANGFA Queensland Inc.
Please visit us at www.angfaqld.org.au

> Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2003 19:19:41 -0400
> From: Thomas Barr <tcbiii at earthlink_net>
> Subject: Catching your own
> Made a good haul today. Didn't step on one rotting old log and fall in up
> my neck in red tea colored water. Nothing too embarrassing this time.
> I had planned to hit several locations but the first was so good I just
> stayed there.
> Water is classic balckwater type with no KH/GH, acid etc.
> 2 FW flounders !
> 1 pipefish !
> 4 Notorus catfish
> 20+ Notropis welaka
> 1 Darter
> 2 different clam species
> 3 Turtles, these were tossed back
> 2 unidentified small killifish
> 5 E evergaldaei
> A few mollies.
> 3 Water stick bugs- very neat looking
> 2 Assassin Bugs
> 2 Pygmy Sunfish.
> Tons of snails.
> About a 40 minute drive, curb side parking. Spent about an hour with a dip
> net. Left my minnow traps and will come back later Mon or Tues to check.
> I'll be moving in a year so I can simply release these natives right back
> their home.
> Regards,
> Tom Barr