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Re: Why can't Shedd give fish?
> OK, now I'm curious. Why can't Shedd give fish away if they have no room
Your suggestion makes too much sense. A spokesperson for Shedd a few years
ago was asked that question at a CKA meeting. (Everytime they fundraise for
an expansion, their P. R. people go speaking. This should happen again
soon.) Her response was that the Aquarium was not only a museum of fishes
but also a museum of fish diseases.
I have given them killies. I never could get a certain overly abundant plant
start from them. They would pay for the killies before trading for them.
Left unresponded to is whether some of the diseases there would be
contagious after a quarantine period. I also wonder what they do with their
waste water. Either if it goes into the municipal sewer system or nearby
Lake Michigan, there is a greater danger there.
By comparison Dominick Isla, of the New World Livebearer Conservation Group,
which maintains over 60 species, offers extra fish for sale as revenue
source. I assume that after a couple of generations his stock is afflicted
only by what we would call the usual aquarium maladies.
Shedd, for all of the neat things they do, does in some cases have a
reputation for inflexibility. For instance they recently, over the protests
of the fishheads, got rid of the Tropicals Room, with it's small aquariums
which inspired generations of Chicago area kids who became the backbone of
the hobby, for a souvenir store. In another instance, decades after beards
and mustaches became again acceptable among males (ladies too I suppose),
they would not accept volunteers with hirsute faces! In an age when
organizations are begging for volunteers (Shedd actually puts ads on the
radio) that was amazing.
All the best!
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