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Peter Fanz

Steve Brereton

Robin Williams




















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NAME:  Robin Williams


Q1 : HOW LONG HAVE YOU KEPT FISH:

 8 years in my first spell in my “early years” and more recently for the last 14 years


Q2 : WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCES OF FISHKEEPING

Having goldfish in a 12” then graduating onto tropicals later on when my brother let me take up the reigns on his 24”(I soon added another!). Of course this meant the hamster had to go…especially as he escaped and set up house in the hessian packing of our leather sofa!

Remember the power cuts in 1970…I do…I had just got my first pair of angels to lay but the power was cut-off and both the 24” tanks suffered badly and lost most fish including the angels despite me cycling home from school at break times and floating bottles of hot water.

Of course all good things come about and I changed completely over to cichlids and from a visit to Sittingbourne Club who met at Westlands School in particular I managed to get hold of a juvenile Jack Dempsey….”Dad, can we fit a 6 footer in the small bedroom?”….we did, my Dad got a work mate to weld up some angle iron after I had cut the lengths and marked it up, the glass I got from a place in Rainham and walked home with the panes over several trips, I cannot remember how I bribed a lad from down the road to help carry the reinforced base glass back though! I had good memories of it along with the Blue Acaras and convicts….well not so much the latter!


Q3 : WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST TANK:

12” coldwater tank housing goldfish, but the first tropical on was a 24” mixed community tank - the usual starter of Guppies, Kuli loaches, danios, pearl gouramis and siamese fighters. When gown on the pearls started to sulk until they got their own tank.


Q4 : HOW MANY TANKS DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE

Three - but planning a fish house/shed so maybe a few more soon


Q5 : WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN AREAS OF INTEREST

Anything but livebearers (unless maybe persuaded like the limia Nigrofasciata). More recently with Danios, corydorus, loaches and killifish.

But definitely not channa type….sorry Graeme!


Q6 : BEST THINGS ABOUT FISHKEEPING

Sitting back and taking a look.


Q7: AND THE WORST:

Misleading information given to newcomers to the hobby from retailers that would surely see numerous amount of livestock suffer because of it and ultimately this misinterpretation on how keeping fish can be so difficult leading to the very same newcomers dropping out of the hobby.


Retailers not bothering to do checks in their own tanks for dead fish


Artificially coloured fish for sale - if seen, I walk straight out after advising anyone standing behind the counter.

 

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


I have benefited from many conversations and differing points of view in terms of practicalities and improved my knowledge on how to keep fish. So many hints and tips can be picked up and if you have a problem then there is not many places that would fall over themselves to help you out….Alan-need help with that tank mate!  


Q9 : GENERAL COMMENTS

The hobby is not just keeping fish in tanks or ponds, but appreciating the under water world and how things live, eat and survive not just in the tropical tank but the world over. As surely we cannot continue destroying our environment at the rate of knots we are without seeing the natural habitats disappear. The hobby should be promoted to help future generations understand the beauty and necessity of the world of water.