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Where'd all the fish go?
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 00:10:25 -0500
Subject: Re: KillieTalk Digest V2 #303
> Look after your N. lourensi Kitonga north TAN 97/9 and try to
> over the long term because this is one population that may not
> long in the hobby.
> Brian R. Watters
> University of Regina
Brian...and Barry, I am really curious as to why you would you make a
statement like that??? Are the fish particularly hard to keep or what?
What has happened to N. sp'Kilombero' (please forgive the spelling).
I've been watching the BnL for 8-9-10 months and no one seems to have
You've answered your own question. It's not really the case that
only the difficult tricky fish go out of the hobby - it's that fish disappear.
As Brian put it so well in his post, this is just reality.
It's not just the nothos - where's Aphyosemion australe 'Schwarzflosse?'
I remember the $$ flying thick and fast at the 1994 MAKA convention for
this fish, and it disappeared. Where's A. schiotzi 'mindouli?'
N. symoensi? N. Caprivi? You don't see these in the N&R because people
have tired of them and moved on. The BNL is a good place to see listings
for Blue Gularis, Fp. gardneri, C. whitei, N. guentheri. Maybe these
are the only fish we can maintain (and how many populations of SJO
have disappeared, along with things like GAR rayfield and other oddballs.)
Maybe the US economy is too strong and it's too easy to bring fish in.
Maybe AKA should declare moratorium on new imports in the N&RS tanks
at the convention.
Remember the 'fantasy' article a couple years back decrying the loss
of the last pair of A. australe in the hobby? Perhaps in 10 years that
won't be a fantasy at all.