Re: NANFA-- Sea anemones
Mon, 29 Mar 2004 17:17:33 EST

I wonder why in Quinn's book they don't mention that anemones need light at
all. I was reading a book that said a beginner could keep a reef system
without any experience in fish-only systems. His line of reasoning was that since
reef systems contain much more biodiversity that fish-only, a reef tank is more
stable that a fish-only. Kind of like the observation some of us have had
about sterilizing woodland soil, newly sterilized soil has lost all of its
biodiversity, such as mites and nematodes, that keep the levels of undesirables
low, so newly sterilized is much more likely to get rampant fungus or bacteria.
What do you think? To me, a beginner, marine fishes are only a sidekick to
marine invertebrates.

To add to the discussion about aquarium ethics, this is what Takashi Amano
has to say in Nature Aquarium World: "One day aquarist came to visit me and saw
this aquarium. He didn't like the fact that he couldn't tell whether there
were any fish in there or not. I told him that that was a very human way of
looking at it. We always put animals in cages so that we can take pleasure in
seeing them. Perhaps if we put them in places that they can take pleasure in
living in, we would find them more beautiful when they showed themselves."

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