Adventures of an Amatuer Aquarist.
Since the last time I posted here about getting a cichlid, I’ve had a fast track lesson in chemistry, biology and even some good old physics. First, I realised that my skills at identification of a species are hopeless and I would have never been a good biologists.
It turns that I got my family (genus) right (from the general charecteristics) but got my species wrong. I have a flowerhorn cichlid, which is in some sense a disapointment because its a man-made species. Though, I don’t believe in god, I am pretty certain that making new species is not for the better of the environment. Speciation occurs because of the presence of an ecological niche. Lacking one, artificial speciation could be dangerous.
On the other hand, ecological ruminations aside, I have come to like this fiesty little bugger and I would like to give him as good a home as possible. As this cichlid is a hardy species and can tolerate a wide vareity of conditions It needs little attention, yet I’m learning a lot of new things by observing his behaviour. As time comes, maybe I could probably qualify to a full fledged aquarist. I have decided to blog about my learning experiences here, and since I pride myself in being a bit more inquisitive than many, I will be putting a good discussion of the science involved in keeping fish.