Re: NANFA-L-- California Natives - They're All Threatened or

Todd D. Crail (tcrail-in-UTNet.UToledo.Edu)
Wed, 24 Aug 2005 13:27:33 -0400

Howdy and welcome Joe.

>>That brings me to my main point: How do I get good enough-in-captive care
to delude myself into believing that I am doing the fish a favor?

You are good enough when you have the epiphany that you are NEVER doing the
fish a favor by bringing it inside, out of its natural habitat :)

A fish in captivity is essentially biologically DEAD... However, the mileage
you get out of that "kill" can vary greatly. And you will NEVER be able to
offer that animal the food resources it had in the wild. Yes, you will give
it release from predation, but that is instantaneously negated by all the
stupid Murphy's Law crap that happens in aquaria.

> For instance, when I see some Ilyodon whitei available on AquaBid and
think about buying them, where can I go to discover basic information about
caring for them?

Google the species name. That will generally get you the most information.
However, in many cases, there's very little about anything, as you've
seen.... Which is why I'm trying to encourage people to submit AC articles

> Is there anything that I could do to help get this basic information in a
form that would be readily available to everyone interested?

Something I've been kicking around is going through the NANFA email archive
on topics that interest me and summarizing the posts on specific topics. We
have the Google search tool applied to the archive, so it's fairly easy to
make way through. Compilations could then be submit to Chris or myself
(how's about me, Chris has enough to do without me offering it for him ;),
given an editorial one two, formatted and I'd post them up to the site.
This is stuff I planned on doing this winter, which'll probably be around
the time I'd get to posting anything anyway... But in any case, beat me to
it! :)

And that's only one suggestion... Compilation and analysis from any
information resource would be awesome (even more so from card carrying
members ;). I'm glad people are seeing the potential of those little empty
links on the website.

The Muddy Maumee Madness, Toledo, OH
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
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