Fish House.net Jan. 2000
I would imagine new computers will have been bought for Christmas and newcomers will be getting to grips with the Internet. First of all I want to draw attention to our new website at. www.bka.freeuk.com . Henceforth all new Fish House.net columns will appear in this website. All previous issues will still be found in www.cfkc.demon.co.uk/club/bka.htm . The novice would think that the introduction and registration page in the demon site is the whole thing but look for the word library. This is a link to other sites including the BKA site & is found at the end of the text. This column along with links to those mentioned in the column appears under the News from the BKA bit.
If, after reading the Newsletter you would like to explore these links just go through our website and click the relevant link. It really is that simple.
My apologies to Harold Pullan 152 for not replying sooner. Truth is I lost your letter in the main pile of correspondance. Anyway, Harold replied to my plea for that magic formula for keeping white worms. Harold says "take it from me there isnt one. The only formula I know is LOOK AFTER THEM". Harold is a bit of a novice, only keeping them from 1936. He keeps 20-25 cultures in a cold garage and turns them out by the hundred weight (50 kgs). They are fed on nothing but crumbed white bread made into a thin paste with water and fed to them on the cover glass no thicker than cigarette paper. Harold tried dog food and milk recipes but didnt get on with them. A fish breeder once asked Harold how he fed his worms Do you use a tweezer? No replied Harold, I use a shovel.
Harolds secret is dont feed them to your fish until the culture has had time to mature. - Thanks Harold.
Alans tip is use fine coconut fibre. Introduce young worms to this. Apparently when a worm egg hatches the medium it finds is the medium it requires to grow in. Young worms can adapt to change but older ones dont. Could explain why new cultures fade on splitting into different media. When selling at auction perhaps we should state what medium we grow them in. What do you think ?
Click on this site . and you will find some interesting info. on Fundulus majalis.www.vcrlter.virginia.edu/biod/query/text/FNDMJL_nathist.html
Those interested in North American fish including killies can find a wealth of information/maps on this site:www.utexas.edu/depts/tnhc/.www/fish/tnhc/na/naindex.html
Traffic on the www.aka.org (just click the link "killietalk" & follow the instructions to join the list.) is always informative & Brian Watters that well known Nothobranchius collector/conservationist is always around with good comment.
For those of us poor souls who enjoy collecting killie books at prices which would bring tears to those north of the border. I would recommend Jim Forscheys website at www.seahorses.com .It has had nearly 35,000 hits at the time of writing and is really useful in increasing that library of killie or other fish books. The books really are not that expensive.
I had a great E-mail from Guy (BKA 277.12) in which he regretted not keeping Fp.walkeri GH2. As Ive said before, this one is not in the UK (still waiting for someone to prove me wrong please). Guy said "It seems there are a lot of people out there maintaining a number of species, but no-ones sure exactly whos keeping what" I couldnt agree more. So what is the solution ? Guys idea of a census has been tried before and it has proved not to work as only <5% of members respond. So how do we monitor species in our association?
First of all we need to break down this barrier of the age-old mentality of keeping secret our species maintenance list. I know we dont want to be inundated by requests for our fish maybe a secret census withholding members names/numbers would work. Let the column or the MC know your views.
Guy makes reference to a priority list. This is a great idea. The AKA has an endangered species group listing, should we do a similar thing and how should it be run? Guy thinks the BKA should appoint a "Conservation Co-ordinator Officer"
Also in the E-mail he brought up the subject of advertisement posters for fish shops etc. Now we dont do anything like this so why not put an A5 (Killi-News size) advert on our web site so you can download it and put it in your local shop. Perhaps the MC could put one in our Journal. What do you think?
Do you remember Box B from the November Journal? Chris Cheswright Chris@cheswright.freeserve.co.uk sent me a mail saying that the fish looked like Pituna poranga. Chris had problems connecting to the Brazilian web site. Hopefully my E-mail helped him out. All the links in this column are tested out while writing and connect OK. It is not uncommon however to find you cannot connect especially during busy periods. First of all try connecting again late at night or really early in the morning when traffic is quieter. Killie sites now are getting hits more regularly and servers are under greater demand (wait till televisions have the Internet built in when digital comes out).
A new site I found had over a thousand hits almost immediately after going online. Havent you lot got anything better to do like breed killies!
A BKA member (Julian Haffagee) has a new web site at www.thebomb.clara.co.uk He has only just started putting it together but you Nothobranchius keepers should see it. Included photos are the new N.sp.moz 99/6 shown below by the kind permission of Julian.
Julian has been instrumental in putting together our own BKA website and has done a great job starting it off. Over the coming months more information will be added to build it up. All this takes a lot of time of course.
Sorry to boar you non-webbies. Tips are a bit short on the ground at the moment but I always welcome a letter or a phone call to put new stuff in.
Bellemans has an excellent site for Nothobranchius breeders and
is where it can be found. One of the photoss found in the site
is this one of N.virgatus shown below. Thanks to Marc for sending me
an original jpg image.
Any comments, suggestions or new input please click on my link on the column heading or write/telephone me. Lets put more tips in here.