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I'm glad you made the post about eggs shipped that never hatch. I
have been wanting to say something about that for some time. I joined the AKA
in 1969, left in 1979 and came back in 94. From 69 -79, I ordered and shipped
100s of fish and eggs. I had two problems occur the whole time. One guy sent
me a pair of Nigripinnis that were just too young and they did not make the
transition. Another time, the great Steve Sellers of the N&RSC sent me a pair
of Oseri (then called santaisabella -- spelling?). It was February and they
got caught in a chill and were DOA -- but perfect and beautiful in death!
All the other orders were perfect. Incredible fish and fertile eggs.
Since I rejoined the AKA, I have ordered whitei eggs (ws) -- one fry
hatched! rubripinnis eggs -- 0 fry. antenori eggs -- 0 fry. flavicaudatus
eggs-- 0 fry. I have ordered pairs of C. toddi -- arrived with velvet.
Rachovii -- poorly formed fish. Magnificus -- arrived with fish TB. I turned
to some old friends in the AKA. Barry Abrahams sent some S. zonatus eggs --
100's of fry hatched. Royal Ingersoll sent some beautiful whitei and myersi.
I ordered some blue gularis from Ed Warner and what he sent was even better
than the strain he sold in the 70's. My experiences with new (to me) breeders
have all been horrible. I just let it go. The old AKA was full of people who
were so good about the fish they raised and shipped. I guess it would have
been too embarrassing to be otherwise back then. Maybe things were better
when there were just a few species available, instead of 40 numbers, from 40
ponds of gardneri !! Maybe the smaller selection produced better care, longer
committment, emphasis on quality and more respect for each fish. I do not
know. But something was different then. I see fish all the time that are
simply culls. Maybe people had fewer species, so they raised more of each
species, so they could choose better breeding stock in each generation?
Maybe, like so much today, with the full scale commercialization of our daily
thought process, the art of breeding and raising is simply being lost.
Just some thoughts. Not a flame. But I do enjoy the Livebearers
Association and the Apisto Study Group alot more than my old dear friend --
the AKA. Those two clubs remind me of the old AKA -- especially the ALA. Neat
swordtail species are replacing killies in my tanks. Maybe if the AKA
publications connected the members to each other with "officer profiles,"
"fishroom tours," pics of people and fishrooms, a real convention issue
unlike last year, regular features like Tirbak's old "The Mop Shop," Maier's
"Problem Page," and Yacano's "Killie Primer" -- instead of perfunctory
"Chairman Messages," endless show listings and long, overly detailed,
collecting histories -- things would be different. I was talking to one of
the DKG biggees recently and he had no interest in keeping fish. His whole
attitude was "if you haven't collected, you just don't get it." I wonder why
the inbred aquarium strains of 30 years ago were so much better than all the
pond numbers today? I do not know. The AKA has lots of fish and dedicated
people -- but something that was very good seems to be missing. It doesn't
feel like a club anymore. It feels like an Association. Maybe we need to
bring back 'Killie Notes" and have less "JAKA." Just musing.
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