NANFA-- My Intro to natives

Harry Knaub (
Mon, 04 Jun 2001 23:11:57 -0400

Like most, I was an inquisitive child who also had lots of free time on
my grandfather's farm.At the age of 9 or 10 I was always dragging home
crayfish, salamanders, and small fish. Since they always died, I
eventually tired of this. I can still remember how sad and disappointed
I would be in the morning when I saw that everything had either died or
escaped, I wonder where those crayfish went. Despite this, I remainded a
rock turner. Even as an adult.
I've had aquariums off & on for most of my life. Nothing serious just
fun to have a tank around. Then in the early eighties, I think it was, I
picked up a copy of Mother Earth News and there was an article by Bruce
Gebhart on NANFA and keeping natives. Complete with pictures of darters
and red bellied dace, I think. Anyways, ever since then I've collected
and kept natives. Like most members, I'm guessing, I'm constantly amazed
at the beauty and uniquness of the fish that live right around us.

Harry Knaub
York, PA

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