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Re: [Killietalk] Convention Show - New Rules
There is one interesting story that I can relate concerning wild fish and
shows. This concerns cichlids, not killies, but the general principles are
Once, when I was collecting in Malawi and staying with the late Stuart Grant
at his cichlid facility he showed me a list of standing orders, mostly from
Japanese hobbyists, for outstanding individual specimens of just about any
species. Stuart's divers were aware of what was on the list and if, during
the course of collecting, they saw an absolutely oustanding specimen, they
would collect it carefully and keep it separated from the mass of other
specimens. The hobbyists paid substantial sums of money for these special
specimens and it was well known that wanted them in order to win awards in
shows, which I gather is a big deal in Japan.
I ask you - is that fair competition ? In my opinion, it is not. The
award-winning capability of any fish in a show should reflect the entrant's
husbandry skills, not his collecting skills or how deep his pocket is.
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