by TFH Magazine on April 27, 2010 at 6:58 am
By David E. Boruchowitz
I was recently invited to visit the extremely hospitable Missouri Aquarium Society (MASI—missouriaquariumsociety.com), and most of one day was spent visiting members’ fishrooms—always a favorite part of any club visit. With all the fishrooms I have seen, I have never seen two the same. In fact, it’s hard to think of two that are even similar to each other. The basic reason for this is that there are so many facets of the aquarium hobby and so many different ways of succeeding in each of those different facets that every fishroom, every collection, every hobbyist is unique. Sometimes an aquarist’s collection isn’t even in a fishroom but is instead contained in one or more display tanks in his or her home. It is impossible to pigeonhole aquarium hobbyists!
Consider the killifish hobby. The stereotype killie fishroom is closet-sized, crammed with tiny, dark aquaria, their bottoms covered in peat moss. However, in all my visits to fishrooms, I’ve never seen one like that. In fact, one of the brightest, most spacious rooms I’ve visited was stocked entirely with killies. And many less specialized fishrooms include several tanks of killies. In fact, if you’ve yet to experience the beauty and fascinating behaviors of these “speciality” fishes, you may want to give them a try. You could just wind up giving them a permanent place in your collection. Many species that are generally considered specialty fish are, in fact, better described simply as special. I’m willing to bet that one tank or a whole room full, your collection reflects varied interests—maybe extremely varied interests.
That is why our stated mission at TFH is to cover all aspects of the hobby so that everyone can find material relevant to his or her interests. The June 2010 issue is an especially good example of our varied coverage, with a special focus on killies in honor of American Killifish Association Convention but also articles on a trip to the Peruvian Amazon, the affect of lighting on fish behavior, and algae-eating marine fishes. Check it out to get some ideas for your very own fishroom!