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The diversity of life has always fascinated me; but the systematics of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians was blown away by the expansiveness and degree of unknown of the fishes. Few people had "companion animals" overseas, but many friends had bowls and aquariums with goldfish, guppies and other tropicals.
I was born in Rhode Island, the smallest State of the U.S. but grew up in the orient as my father was career military. We had very few jobs "on base" for the "dependents" but I was fortunate to secure employment at a fish store that was associated with a restaurant in downtown Sasebo. Other vainglorious work overseas includes two years working for a Betta culture business, collecting and processing marines in Manila.
Back to the U.S. in the late sixties I stuck to the trade as a retail clerk, a livestock wholesale worker (for Pratt's in San Diego), and eventually formed an aquarium service business with a school friend. This business cycled larger and smaller, and supported me all through college and beyond. It eventually became an employee-owned corporation with aquaristic retail outlets, fabrication (principally large acrylic systems), water feature construction, manufacturing and distribution divisions. Subsequent to the tax law changes, water-shortage "scare", and general decline in the California and U.S. economy in the late eighties these businesses were sold and liquidated. I worked for three years as a consultant and buyer for the mass-merchandiser PetCo in their bid to upgrade their stores, incorporating livestock.
Is there a difference between what you do for money and for a living? Not me. Nowadays I write articles and books for the diving/underwater natural history and ornamental aquatics interests, and manage my rentals and securities. I browse the electronic bulletin boards to "chat" with others daily, and often travel, to go "hashing" (sort of running), writing and photographing with friends around the world.
Lionfishes & Much More for Marine Aquariums Diversity, Selectio
Scorpionfishes are amongst the most readily recognizable marine denizens by aquarists and lay people alike. Many species are beautifully and cryptically marked and colored, and fancifully shaped. Bear in mind also that these fishes are mostly immobile, and often missed due to camouflage.
Some of the Lionfishes are amongst the most frequently kept marine aquarium specimens. Others, like the gorgeous Rhinopias species are greatly prized (and priced!) for their magnificence. Most all Scorpionfishes are feared for their spininess and venomous potential; and with good cause. These "Mail-Cheeked" fishes are well-suited for captive systems; shipping and adjusting well, accepting available types of foods, resisting disease and adapting to a wide range of water conditions.
However, of the some thirteen hundred twenty described species, the majority of Scorpaeniform fishes are unattractive; too drab and for their venomous nature best avoided by hobbyists.
Unknown by many aquarists is the full-spectrum of hardiness of this family of fishes; some quite hardy for our use; but how can you tell which species and individual specimens to avoid? Herein is my collection of first and second-hand observations on what the BFs are, where the species lie left or right of being generally hardy, and copious notes on how to pick out healthy specimens and maintain them.
- Publication Date:
- 1514291983 / 9781514291986
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 8.5" x 11"
- Full Color
- Related Categories:
- Nature / Animals / Fish