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"Morris, George" wrote:
> I haven't given this a lot of thought, but I wonder if a database could be
> set up that everyone would have access to. We could all enter the species
> we keep and delete them when we don't have them anymore. A member could
> search for "Nematolebias whitei" and get a list of everyone who has them. I
> suppose it might get out of control, but it might work.
Hey guys, get real!
The really hot breeder who imports rare stuff and distributes it gets really
gun shy after the 3rd or 4th 3AM call from some stupid, inconsiderate jerk
asking about his fish. He quickly goes underground, never to be seen or
heard from again.
Don't ask him to publically list his fish, OK?
The objective of SMC has always been to establish an anonymous database so
we could have some concept of what's actually in the hobby.
AFAIK, the idea behind KCC was never to support rare fish, but to keep from
losing popular species that could never again be collected. Those can
*become* rare if all the more successful breeders tire of keeping them and
the beginners have a little bad luck. With a modest effort, we can stop the
species loss that was becoming evident by the late 70s, and rampant in the
80s. Good specialist breeders will always tend to cherish and keep the
really tough-to-breed fish. It's the pretty and easy ones we tend to lose
through oversight and neglect.
I don't intend to dash cold water on all the enthusiasm I see being
expressed here, but feel we should recognize what *is* and only change it if
that is what is needed. OK?
Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntleyone at home dot com
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You have nothing to lose but your...
Oh, NO! They are out to get those too?
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