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[Killietalk] A Little Bit of Everything!
First of all, I'm a hobbyist. Like Edd, I enjoy my fish and working with
them and I do not wish to reach the point where it becomes a job! After
all, it is a hobby! Hobbies are supposed to be fun!
I would like to comment on a few things that have recently been under
discussion. First, concerning the gentic diversity and defects found in
Killies. I have spawned and reared Red / Orange Australes and an aquarium
strain of Clown Killies for almost 10 years and they have no visible
defects. I have had Simp. boitonei , S. zonatus, S. hellneri and S.
magnificus almost that long and they are still healthy. Like Bill
Shenefelt, I think the secret is in selecting the biggest and most robust
fish from your grow-out tank for your next breeders, before selling, trading
or giving the others away. Also, I almost always have extra fish of my
species around and should I not get adequate egg production or start to have
defects in fry, I swap out the male. As I keep 2 to 4 females with each
male that is logical. In nature I'm quite sure there are a lot of bad
males but the numbers eliminate that problem.
Secondly, about the need to acquire new members. My Dad always said, "Talk
is cheap! Show me!". Don't just talk about a problem, do something about
it! I've attended most of the last 10 conventions and I find one thing in
common with all of them. No one sends out "news releases" to the local
media before the event. We do not encourage "walk-ins"! Only we members
even know that it is taking place and not too many of us even attend. That
is sad! If we would make an honest effort to saturate the convention area
with low-cost advertisements the month prior to the event it would certainly
encourage many of the local aquarists to check us out and, should we be
prepared, some would join on the spot. I didn't join until two years after
my first conventiuon because the membership chairman demanded a check with
my adress and would not accept my cash. Let's face it, Killies are not an
everyday pet store fish and many aquarists have never really seen them.
And last of all concerning the need for new species and how to distribute
them. I think distributing new species ( or old ones brought back after an
absence) without including detailed information on their maintenance and
spawning is largely a waste of time and money. Most of us don't like to
admit it. but we all have a lot to learn about Killies, even Wright! I am
saddened by the fact that most of the South American annuals I sell, trade
or give away never seem to be spawned. Of all the pairs I sell at shows
and the convention, I only see a very few at the follwng events. Several
years ago I had a jet-black nigripinnis that was covered with bright blue
dats. It spawned too easy for me and I ended up not being able to even
give them away. I had sold several hundred pairs. After giving them up
for a time I decided to get them back and they were nowhere to be found. I
have never seen that strain again. Apparently others did not enjoy my
success. The same can be said for Lepto. minimus, which I just now got back
after several years without them. So, I think giving species without
adequate instructions included does make make much sense. I once bought a
new & rare fish that originally came from Nevin and he included excellent
instructions with the fish. I learn something almost every day about my
fish, and I still have much to learn.
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