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Okay, it is time to start thinking about attending the AKA convention.
With all the talk lately about how to obtain desirable new fish (BNL versus
AquaBid), you are missing a very important fact. When you attend the
convention you meet other hobbyists who are intersted in the same fish as
you are, and you make friends with them. I have been blessed with becoming
friends with many of the SSA experts and through this friendship, I have
obtained many species freely through their generosity ( and I'll never be
able to repay some of them) that other just dream about. Some of these
hobbyists have enough friends that desire their fish that they don't have to
advertise or sell them through other means. Friendship and fellowship is
what any hobby is supposed to be all about! if you are in it only for the
money, then by all means use AquaBid. However, I assure you that you will
lose freinds when you only think about money!
I try to make at least two or three new hobby friends at each convention,
sometimes many more. If this is your first convention, look up the old,
fat, bald guy and I'll be more than happy to introduce you around, maybe
even to Cap'n Morgan too. True, there will be species, particularly in the
new and rare, that will entice you to overpay a little, but the contacts you
make for later trades, buys, etc. far surpass what you get at the
And, if you want to make your opinions known, the convention BOT meeting is
the place to make that happen! So, bag up a few pairs for the fish sale
room to help limit your expenses, and come with me to the 2007 AKA
convention in Milwaukee.
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