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Re: don't dismiss the "newbie"
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From: "Erny May" <emay1 at wi_rr.com>
> I happen to agree with Edd. "Breeder" recognition seems to come to the
> individuals who are well entrenched in the hierarchy and are breeding the
> " new and rare'.
Despite how people feel about the KAP, and BAP's in general, other than
age, longevity or reputation (deserved or imagined), what does the AKA have
to gage "competant breders" if you don't want it to become an "old boys"
I know some highly "book-learned " people who could not make their own bed.
It costs nothing to take the time to send in a "bred list" I don't care for
the concept of "breed em" and Dump em' at all, but even that can encourage
some distribution by the breeder. Even some one achieving the Novice class
has at least shown enough responsibility and knowledge to keep a species
alive and thriving enough to produce some distributable fish. How would one
demonstrate competence other than be one of the "old boys"?? At least using
the KAP has some solid basis. I do not "collect" but do like to acquire new
fish (at least new to me) I spend a lot of time writing to a prospective
recipient to be sure he or she understands at least what information I can
provide and won't receive a fish only to kill it. I try to send them fish
that they can expect to do fairly well considering their water, temperature
and food availability, or at least be sure that they understand what a
particular species needs to do well.
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