RE: NANFA-- A ban on keeping fish?

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Wed, 19 May 2004 10:44:46 -0700

Jon wrote:
>>>I also think that an aquarium is much more intellectually stimulating
when you go out into the habitat, see what is there, immerse yourself
(figuratively and literally) and collect the fish yourself compared to going
down to Boxmart and handing over 10 bucks for a fish you know nothing about
except that it looks cool. <<<

In his book "King Solomon's Ring," the famous animal behaviorist Konrad
Lorenz devotes a couple of chapters to his aquarium studies. Lorenz firmly
believed in the value of aquarium observations and in the special appeal of
native organisms.

He wrote: "A man can sit for hours before an aquarium and stare into it as
into the flames of an open fire or the rushing waters of a torrent. All
conscious thought is happily lost in this state of apparent vacancy, and
yet, in these hours of idleness, one learns essential truths about the
macrocosm and the microcosm. If I cast into one side of the balance all
that I have learned from the books of the library and into the other
everything that I have gleaned from the "books in the running brooks," how
surely would the latter turn the scales."
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