Re: NANFA-- fish and educational aquariums

Dave Neely (
Sat, 04 Dec 1999 11:56:32 CST

We all have our favorite fish, which I strongly suspect has a regional bias.
If we're trying to teach the value of what's in their backyards, then why
try to come up with a list of favorites? To a kid in Ohio, the salt marshes
of the Gulf seem as far away as the Amazon.

I'm not sure that suggesting widespread use of flagfish, or red shiners, or
Pteronotropis in such a case will achieve our goal (as cool as they mey be).
I'd <much> rather see it kept to local stuff.

If this means a tank of Rhinichthys "osculus" in Tuscon, so be it. If it's a
tank of Lucania goodei in Penscacola, then so be it. I'd have no problems
with a tank of rainbow darters and blacknose dace in Toledo. When you start
thinking all the REALLY cool fish are somewhere else, you run the risk of
transmitting the wrong message.

Just my $.02 worth.


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