HOBBYISTS' ISSUES (2)

 

 

ISSUE ANSWER
You know, these fishes are very uneasy to breed and to maintain… What would you do if you suddenly loose all your progeny or if all your eggs do not want to burst at all ? Well, Killi-Data cannot give you breeding tips, sorry. In this context, nothing can replace personal contacts, face to face. Such a website like Killi-Data is and will remain a virtual platform of exchange. The problems you are mentioning show that you are a beginner. This is respectable and you are welcome. But you'd better enrol to the Killifish Association in your country and notably meet experienced breeders of your city. They will tell you how to handle those small problems and you will soon believe that most Killifish are not only gorgeous but also easy to breed. Please, note that in the Data Base, a 4 star system (from beginner to expert) helps you finding the species according to your level of experience. As a beginner, you should choose species with 1 star only (yes, there are also easy annual species !). However, this is in the Data Base (for registered users) and this requires registration and membership.
Names are different between my Association and your website, and in my various books and magazines for the same fish… Who is right ? Well, differences are seldom if you compare the latest magazines of your association and Killi-Data online. If you compare with names used 5-10 years ago, of course differences are much greater. Also in Associations, names tend to change more slowly, because it takes time before scientific knowledge and improvement is disseminated throughout the world (but surprisingly in recent years, in Associations, names have tended to change more quickly, with other adverse effects !). Be cool and patient : differences are not that dramatically important… your life vest is with Killi-Data, because it immediately takes into account any change, provided that it is evidence-based. For example, a recent osteological study has brought evidence that Pseudepiplatys is a valid genus, then the name of Epiplatys annulatus has been changed into Pseudepiplatys annulatus, while many Killifish Associations still keep the fish in Epiplatys ! But this is not the end of the line, because a recent preliminary molecular study has shown that Pseudepiplatys is nested among counterparts of Epiplatys and it may change again (when new diagnoses of all subgenera are published). In addition, Killi-Data freely features 3 lists to help you : the list of major name changes and the list of used vs. present correct names (All names of Killifish ever used in the last 50 years, with their present corresponding correct name) and the list list of correct names vs. names used in the 2 major series books by Ruud Wildekamp and Lothar Seegers.
Why is it necessary to have at hand THE (YOUR) list of valid names of Killifish ? First, this is not the editor's list. Killi-Data is the synthesis of all published evidence and not the results of the editor's beliefs, opinions or judgements. As a researcher, the initial author's list would have been quite different from the lists in Killi-Data ! Killifish are very different from standard Aquarium fishes and a list of valid names is necessary as a common "vocabulary" for aquarists (1) to exchange fish populations with 100% understanding between countries, (2) to speak the same language in conservation programs, (3) to be updated according to scientific progress, etc. To use the current good names will prevent you from doing many errors and this is a free service from Killi-Data online. This work is dedicated to Killifish Hobbyists, only, and is not done for the aim of selfishly providing a unique table of laws.
I would like to go and collect Killifish in a tropical country next year. Could you help me ? Yes, with pleasure ! There are many information in the "Guest" section : the key success factors, how to go, where to go and when to go for each country, plus the priority targets in terms of species (based on Killi-Data 2000 book). Beware, there are also a lot of caution : collecting Killifish is not like spending holidays in a 5 star resort hotel… you must be extremely prepared ! While collecting, do not forget to collect material to donate to researchers and to compute the geographical coordinates of your localities : this will be a unique contribution to the community !
Is there something special for those advanced aquarists who are preoccupied by ecology and conservation issues ? Yes, of course. Because today it is impossible to ignore these issues. And, most probably States will more and more restrict fish importation/exportation. From the LDC's tropical countries viewpoint, Killi-Data brings information on how, where and when to collect in order to bring back stable aquarium strains while respecting legal permits and local cultures. From the hobbyists rich countries viewpoint, Killi-Data brings information on conservation issues so that aquarium strains are best maintained according to endangerment status of each species.
That looks very scientific… is this site friendly for non-brain theorists ? Well, Killi-Data is a platform of knowledge. Then, it is not a virtual hub gathering old friends to tell dreamy hunting stories ! It is serious and evidence-based. But there is a large space for quizzes, questions and answers (FAQ) of various levels of practice in the "Guests" section, and of course friendship within the cooperative community of the members of the K-D-I association.
What has been YOUR interest in pushing on line Killi-Data for aquarists ? The editor's interest is obviously not financial : all costs are left as charges (plus, thousands of hours of uncharged work)  ; all profits are scheduled to become grants for young researchers, new collector aquarists (and already 3100 € have been donated to date, March 2013). The first attempt to push Killi-Data on line was a full mirror of the book for the 1996 edition within Paris Museum early website. But this was unsatisfactory and lots of pirates already copied the lists and authored them after some reformatting. This website with a ".org" URL was initiated in January 2001 when the Data Base has been made available to a panel of researchers, to exchange data. It soon became clear that serious aquarists would be welcome and could bring a lot of excellent and yet undisclosed data to build up the Data Base in a cooperative manner. On the other hand, it was also very clear that people, who were unable (or unwilling) to cooperate, would have to financially participate in order to redistribute funds and to avoid the pitfalls of Internet.
Is there any missing information today in your website ? Yes, of course, because Killi-Data is never ended : data for new species come in, data for new collecting trips become available, data for new photos that were unseen arise (etc.), and on and on again. For example, Killi-Data does not hold all collecting localities by aquarists that were never published (and are probably lost, a real pity). But do not be anxious, Killi-Data is the most comprehensive accurate platform of information about Killifish. Everything on Killifish, including over 3000 color photos, and breeding tips, is in Killi-Data (not only nomenclature and scientific stuff), except Fish and Egg listings and … except perhaps your own contribution : after all, the most important missing information is the one you are going to bring in !

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