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NAME:  Peter Franz


Q1 : HOW LONG HAVE YOU KEPT FISH

I have been keeping fish for about 40 years, (with a break of 10 - 12 years for personal ‘fry rearing), since taking over the care of my dad’s fish in my late teens.


Q2 : WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCES OF FISHKEEPING

My first involvement in fish keeping was to rescue the poorly maintained family fish tanks. My older brothers, who had nominally been in charge previously, had provided little in the way of maintenance, and the tanks needed urgent attention – or else they would have been consigned to the scrap heap.


Q3 : WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST TANK

When I moved into my first house, I was given a second hand three foot bow fronted tank and stand (angle iron), purchased from a family friend. I had often admired this tank in his hallway when I had visited, and I was fortunate to produce with this a wonderful attraction, which was much admired by visiting friends. Why fortunate? – Because with its “social” success, came my wife’s acceptance of my hobby. (Other friends I knew have been persuaded to discontinue the hobby by unimpressed partners).


Q4 : HOW MANY TANKS DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE

I currently have a four foot community aquarium in my living room, and a further 10 tanks of various sizes in operation, in my garage/fish house. These include four smaller breeding tanks.

As for my 3 foot bow front tank – that still survives, but is currently in storage pending future space availability.


Q5 : WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN AREAS OF INTEREST

From my first involvement in the hobby, my main objective was to maintain an aquarium as a “feature”, which would be pleasing on the eye, and made only half hearted attempts to develop the hobby interest further. However, since joining the Strood Aquarist club, my interest is now much more focused on breeding and rearing fish.


Q6 : BEST THINGS ABOUT FISHKEEPING

A well maintained aquarium brings an eye-pleasing and tranquil vista into your living room. Far from being boring like so many odious repeats on the TV screen, the activity and antics of the fish provide for countless hours of entertainment for the household and visitors alike, and with spare  accommodation in reserve, the characters can always be changed periodically. As is well documented, an aquarium is highly recommended for the enhancement of calm relaxation.


Q7: AND THE WORST

The biggest disappointments come quite naturally with the untimely death of fish. A wipe-out of tank fish is a total disaster, but one which can be largely avoided by a good maintenance regime. But losing just one particular fish can be equally demoralising, especially if it has become a favourite, or if it is one of just a pair owned, that you had intended breeding.


Q8 : WHY SHOULD SOMEONE CONSIDER JOINING AN AQUATIC SOCIETY / FISH CLUB

Belonging to any club gives you somewhere else to go, getting you out of the same four walls, and away from the TV screen with its endless repeats of totally inane programmes, and allows you to join in socially with people with a like interest, and make friends.

As well as the social side, joining an Aquarist club can massively broaden your hobby knowledge, by drawing on the combined experiences of fellow club members, much more so than by trawling the internet, where there are as many bad sites as good ones – and they are not labelled to help distinguish which is which! It is much better to seek information “face-to-face”, from people you know to have produced the right results.

The club scene provides a sociable platform to be shared by fish enthusiasts of all levels, from outright beginner through to the lifelong exponents.


Q9 : GENERAL COMMENTS

Even long-term hobbyists are only students, they are not experts - just ask the fish !

No matter how long one keeps fish, or how successful one is, either on the show bench or in breeding, we are all constantly learning about the hobby -  and for this reason all club members are openly willing to provide advice / assistance to fellow enthusiasts.