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  • in reply to: Big Fish Campaign #349297

    poshsouthernbird
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    No worries, hope there’s something useful.  Will keep an eye out for anything else on my internet travels that might be useful :)

    in reply to: Big Fish Campaign #349283

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    Have had another rootle around t’interweb as I’ve got a memory of finding something else but now I can’t find it! Hard to find anything recent, seem to be a fair few papers etc. on past trends but nothing terribly up to date.  Although there seems to be a theme emerging saying that India is looking to be the next ‘big thing’ in ornamental fish production.

    http://www.ornamentalfish.org/aquanautmarket/market.php doesn’t have much info but it does say more detailed info is available from OATA so might be worth contacting them.  

    http://www.unep-wcmc.org/my-aquariumlibrary/2011/11/02/5fbf9a43/Monitoring%20of%20international%20trade%20in%20ornamental%20fish%20-%20Consultation%20Paper.pdf (from 2008)

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/93755233/Ornamental-fish-and-invertebrates-for-home-aquaria (this was written in 2012 and has some figures in it)

    HTH :)

    in reply to: Big Fish Campaign #349282

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    Matt said 

    Very good Sue: :) Hoping to have something online from us in the next day or two.

    Have you been able to find any recent stats about the number of fishes being traded each year at the global level? Struggling to do so here…

     

    Had a bit of a job finding much tbh, although I was only searching on red tailed catfish info for most of it.  I’ve had a run through google again as I know I found some stuff that I didn’t use but which might be something you can use.  I’ve found a few other bits and pieces too, some might be of use?  Very few seem to have obvious dates on them which doesn’t help.  There seems to be rather more on marine fish than freshwater, I guess that’s because more marines are wild caught than freshwater.  

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/104281977/Global-Ttrade-in-Ornamental-Fish-First-Decade-of-the-New-Millennium

    http://www.ava.gov.sg/NR/rdonlyres/111633E4-E5F0-4FAA-98E1-DFE0D27579BE/24438/OFnewsletterIssue5Final.pdf (scroll down to the bottom)

    http://israel21c.org/environment/finding-nemo-in-israel/

    http://opefe.com/SEED_bus_Plan.pdf (seems to be from around 2009, business plan from Project Piaba)

    http://www.uakari.org.br/index.php/UAKARI/article/viewFile/18/23. (references in here from 2005/2006)

    http://scihub.org/ABJNA/PDF/2011/4/ABJNA-2-4-661-664.pdf (written in 2011 about the ornamental fish trade in Nigeria)

    I’ve just come across this http://www.ornamental-fish-int.org which is the website for the umbrella organisation for ornamental fish wholesalers, haven’t read through it but there might be something there.

    I’ve a vague recollection of a couple of others but I’m not sure they were that up to date, will try and find them and post back with anything useful :)

    Glad you like the RTC article btw! 

    EDIT – the scribd link has come out not quite as I expected but it is what I meant to link to!

    in reply to: Big Fish Campaign #349272

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    Didn’t get very far with graphics as decided to go down a slightly different route instead, but have managed to make a reasonable comparison between RTCs and big cats of the furry variety.  Am hoping that it being slightly picture heavy will draw people in and get them at least scanning to the end if not actually reading in full.  If anyone’s interested …  Red tailed catfsh – an aquatic big cat :)

    in reply to: Plant Identification #349201

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    I’ll have a go … number one looks very similar to the rather unhealthy Echinodorus ocelot I had at one point.  It shouldn’t really have looked like that, but I didn’t have it in the right conditions.  I could very well be wrong on that one though.  The next one is Bacopa of some sort, and the last one is Cabomba Caroliniana.  HTH :)

    in reply to: Big Fish Campaign #349200

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    @matt said:
    Thanks Sue, I’ll get to work this week.

    I saw that ‘chav’ article when it was first published and think the same I did then as I do now, i.e., that singling out a particular social demographic as being the main perpetrators is not only wrong but quite patronising and uninformed as well.

    The personality of certain folk and the fish they’re attracted to keeping may be related but I don’t think it has anything to do with whether they live on a council estate or not.

    No worries :)  I thought exactly the same when I saw that article, I have a degree in sociology and until recently spent most of my working life with people that others would be quite happy to categorise rather negatively.  My views on social stereotyping were quite well known at work, lol.  I was curious to see what reaction it would get here though, my predictions were correct :) (sorry if that sounds monumentally patronising, it’s not meant to be!).  That’s why I picked out that particular quote, it’s about attitude rather than social standing or what you choose to wear or where you live.  If you’re considering an article along similar lines it would be better, IMHO, to focus on the ‘why’ people want them (as suggested by Colin) rather than the ‘who’ that want them :)  Your reaction to that article is something you want to avoid other people having to anything you might come up with for SF :)  Getting people to indulge in a little self reflection and question their motives when they set out to buy anything could be a great article, I don’t think it’ll be easy to do though, but done well it could be effective :)

    In other news, I’ve made some progress on the RTC v domestic cat idea I had (I’m sure you all think I’m insane!).  Got a bit to finish yet but will share it when I’m done.

    in reply to: Big Fish Campaign #349179

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    Sounds good :)  I agree that the trade in the campaign’s species are a big concern and anything that makes anyone think twice about them is great, people need to be able to relate these big fish to something they are more likely to understand, pics certainly help with that.

    Jeremy Gay did an article about ‘is there such a thing as a chav fish?’ a while ago, might be interesting reading? http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?sid=4994  No massive conclusions drawn but some of the comments are interesting, the one from Rubberduck which says “The trend you find with a lot of these people is they think they’re at the top, when in fact they really have little or no idea what they’re doing or keeping. It just looks good to them.” is possibly quite close to the mark – get a big fish, it will make people agree with you that you’re an expert?  Although nothing could really explain to me why anyone would want hydrocynus …

    I’ve C&P’d some of the species we came up with when we putting stuff together about tank busters to go with our page about the campaign (I think pretty much all the links are to the KB here!):

    And the ‘stealth tankbusters’

    I’m sure there are plenty more, I’m not familiar enough with the tropical side of things to get much further than the ones I see cropping up on various forums all the time.  Some of the other big cichlids perhaps, jaguars etc.  And freshwater rays maybe, motoros for example 🙂

    in reply to: Big Fish Campaign #349177

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    @matt said:
     

    – adult size and why ‘big fish’ fail to reach their potential in the home aquarium

     

    This is the key bit for me, the ‘fish grow to the size of their tank’ myth is so firmly ingrained in Joe Public’s mind that it even catches otherwise intelligent people out 😕  I put together an article for my web project on this (you probably won’t remember but Matt kindly pointed me to some info about cortisol levels when I was asking about the ‘science’ behind the myth on here ages ago).  It’s not quite in the league of some of the articles etc. on here but you’re more than welcome to use any of it if it’s any use?  

     

    http://injaf.org/articles-guides/do-fish-grow-to-the-size-of-their-tank/ 

     

    I think pictures are great, they really help hammer the message home, although I’m sure some people still think fish are some sort of bonsai being.  That one of the araipama is quite something!  

     

    To go back to what I posted earlier, it would be nice if the campaign could have a ‘trickle down’ effect and get people thinking about all the bigger fish, not just the ones in the campaign.  The commonly kept ones like common plecs, clown loaches, silver sharks, goldfish etc. – would be great if they could benefit from the publicity too as I suspect the numbers of these fish being kept in too small tanks is considerable.  So something that helps people relate the campaign to the fish they might have at home would be great 🙂

     

    Maybe something about ‘through life’ commitment would be helpful, someone from Bristol Zoo (http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?sid=4951) worked out how much a RTC would cost to keep for the duration of it’s life – maybe work that in to something?  There needs to be some means of helping people to understand what they are taking on when they get a fish, if they were buying a dog they’d probably have some idea that it would live for X years, dog food will add £X to the shopping bill, vets fees etc. – most people ‘get’ this (although I know some don’t!).  But so many don’t ‘get’ it about fish, they don’t think about how long they’ll live because ‘everyone knows’ fish don’t live very long (I can feel myself getting on a soapbox now, lol!), they don’t think about how big they’ll get, how much they’ll eat, how much water/power/plants/vets/kit they need.  Maybe mock up some pics of kittens/cats or something to show ‘when you bought your RTC it was a little ‘red tailed kitten’ (baby RTC next to kitten) but now he’s all grown up and Aslan has moved in (full grown RTC next to lion)’ – to show growth potential for a fish compared to a fluffy pet.  If I had any sort of talent with graphic design I might have a go at that myself!  Maybe I should try it!  I’m going to redo my goldfish with bowl pic soon so will post that here if that’s any help 😕

     

    EDIT – on further thought I’ll not be lazy and I’ll have a crack at a fish/cat pic (I’ll ask a friend who’s rather better at graphics than me to help!) – will post back if we manage to come up with anything remotely credible.

    in reply to: Happy Birthday Matt! #347754

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    Belated happy birthday

    in reply to: Good Coldwater Fish #347739

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    Hi – can I just check you really mean 30 gallons? That only works out to about 115 litres. What are the dimensions of it? I’m not sure what the winters are like where you are but a pond that size could easily freeze in the UK. I’m afraid it would be way too small for carassius auratus, they can easily to get to over 10 inches long and pretty chunky besides.

    Danios are very active and prefer to live in groups, check the profile in the Knowledge Base for more info click me. I’m not sure their temperature range would cope if you had a cold winter, I wouldn’t want to see them in ponds in the UK as our temps get too low for them in winter.

    HTH

    in reply to: Big Fish Campaign #347119

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    I think it would be great to support it /wink.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”;)” border=”0″ alt=”wink.gif” /> So maybe this will help make people think more carefully (eventually!) about the needs of all big fish, not just the uber big ones.

    in reply to: Causes And Effects Of Stunting In Goldfish #346905

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    I’m sure you’re right about various other species being affected Matt, I’d guess most of the ‘big’ popular ones like common plecs, clown loaches, angels etc. rarely reach their full size. Goldies are my personal interest, and I suspect they are the ones that Joe Public thinks of when they think fish grow to the size of their tank, but ideally (I really do aim for a very ideal world!) I’d like to raise awareness of the problem all round

    in reply to: Causes And Effects Of Stunting In Goldfish #346854

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    Thanks for the posts /smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” />

    I see so many posts (on various forums) about goldies growing to the size of the tank, and so many explanations of what happens to them when they stunt. I really want to understand more about it. I saw a post the other day on another forum (not one I post on, just one I nose on now and again) where a 24 year common goldie was ill; it had been kept in a 23×12 inch tank. Now obviously it was stunted but had lived 24 years. That sort of ‘my grandad smoked 100 a day, only drank whisky, ate fried egg sandwiches three times a day and lived to be 107’ makes it hard to get people to understand why what they are doing isn’t right So I want to try and put something together with some info that Joe Public will be able to understand. But that means I need to get a better understanding of it first /smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” />

    Effects of high nitrates (admittedly not on goldies specifically but there may be parallels)

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/artic…044848682900424

    Some info about pheromones

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111…ACC7B75B.d03t03

    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=jdYOAAA…ish&f=false

    And hormones

    http://www.springerlink.com/content/qv26156x516365u1/

    And an article from PFK

    http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?sid=4656

    I should add I’ve not read through these yet, just thought I’d post for info if anyone else is interested

    in reply to: Tom's Bucket O' Mud #346746

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    QUOTE (BigTom @ Jan 9 2012, 02:01 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Could do Matt. Might possibly be doing a bit for mag in the UK at some point so could science it up a bit for SF.

    I’d certainly be interested in an article on this

    in reply to: Merry Christmas One And All #346525

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    Happy Christmas everyone

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