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RE: One and one-half cents worth on Species Maintenance
>The bar analogy fits because there is a lot of griping that people can't get
>fish or that no one is making those rare fish available to them. I think
>you have to
>demonstrate an ability to produce fish before fish are entrusted to you.
Actually, I've not seen a single gripe about not being able to get rare
fish. What people have been griping about is the inability to get good
data on which fish have in fact become rare because all the experienced
people are bored with them. There's a HUGE difference between the two. I
myself am interested in doing the job the experienced folks won't do,
because these fish are old hat for them but new for me. This isn't an issue
of wanting difficult fish. Quite the contrary, we are mostly looking for
easier fish that have stopped posing a challenge to experts.
>I think we undersell what is truly involved in maintaining a species. One
>needs to be ready to not only dedicate time but space in their fishroom.
True, but on the otherhand we do know that none of the experts are willing
to do that, otherwise they wouldn't be in danger of being lost.
> I guess my main message from all of this is before we all
>go attacking the SMC for not doing what you want it to do, think if you are
>doing all you can do and if you had the opportunity to do species
>maintenance, can you provide the necessary amount of time and space.
I think what has most people grumpy is that the SMC and other AKA
organizations are completely closed to suggestions and offers of help, and
yet the old hands are perfectly willing to tell the younger folks how they
don't have what it takes. Can you be that surprised to see grousing then?
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