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Re: off topic(painting of fish and such)
I agree with you, that in order to further the hobby of preserving
killies, as opposed to just breeding them, we have to change some
competition rules. I know for a fact, that in order to garner more
"points", some people breed a fish, raise them to the point where they
can differenciate gender, have it verified and... literally toss the
fish down the drain to make space for the next species!
Some 15-20 years ago I proposed to the Board changes in that direction:
In order to receive breeding points one would have to raise the fish to
maturity and exhibit them in local, regional or national shows,
receiveing different number of points for the different shows. If the
fish wins first, second or third place -- it gets extra points.
Listing them in BNL gets another point or two, etc.
Needless to say, that idea went over like the proverbial lead baloon.
Maybe it is time to resurect it?
LeeH920226 at aol_com wrote:
> In a message dated 1/24/03 9:19:01 AM, schmidtcarney at ecr_net writes:
> << Soap Box mode OFF. >>
> Well, my soap box mode is on again. As much as I support the AKA and its
> principles of wild type fish and species conservation, we (I am too) are
> guilty of preserving genetic deviants such as gold gardneri, orange australe
> and even "chocolate" australe which are different from any wild strains. Now
> I guess we disclaim culpability and say that these occurred unintentionally
> and we just kept them alive.
> On a related matter, I am also not totally in agreement with the practice
> of importing so many new collections of killies that they lose their value in
> our minds and therefore are lost because they cannot all be maintained
> properly. There are too many varieties of killifish and too few dedicated
> breeders. What is the answer? I don't know. Maybe we should award more points
> - KEY, KAP, KEY for long term maintenance of species. The introduction of
> Matched Breeding Pairs and Breeding Groups as categories in the National
> Convention competition is a step in that direction. Perhaps it should be
> encouraged in local shows as well.
> Back to the dyed fish issue. It is probably no more cruel to dye a fish
> than it is to subject it to weeks of starvation and poor water conditions
> while transporting it to this country from the wild.
> Let's leave the soap box on for a while anyway.
> Lee Harper, Chairman KHY
> Media, PA
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