Posted 27 June 2016 - 05:25 PM
Not necessarily bad ideas. I think they haven't quite been done like you mention because most folks coming here have a modicum of aquarium experience, and issues that make the boards tend to be specific, case by case, scenarios. What might be better is some pinned information on some of the basics. More subforums mean more work for the all volunteer staff, and right now I get the impression that the volunteers are at the limits, if not past the limits, of what life/time allow them to do right now. I know I'm just about maxed out...
A couple folks have tried to start forum pages for captive care guides for specific fishes. There has only been a modicum of success, largely due to the fact that most (all?) these care guides have been spontaneously created and posted. Sometimes the info is spot on, sometimes it's suspect. Not what we want for NANFA.
What seems to work better in this regard is the Fish In Focus section of the NANFA homepage. Those are peer reviewed before they ever hit the web and/or American Currents. There is a definite trend towards more captive care information being included in them; Erica W's Elassoma gilberti, Dustin S' E. evergladei, Michael W's Hybopsis rubrifrons, Bruce S's Fundulus luciae, and my own Etheostoma hopkinsi have captive care intel included. As does Michael W and my Notropis lutipinnis FIF joint effort. That's just off the top of my head; I'm sure there are others I missed, and I apologize to the authors. A few of us at NANFA would really like to see this aspect of our organization take off. The FIF's don't have to be about aquarium-suitable fish, but they certainly can be.
If you, or anybody else, has a fish you are interested in, create a FIF! Myself, Michael W., and many others are willing to steer you. Ask us -pm or post- to get one started, or if you need help. If there is a fish with which you have captive experience, you may add that. The best part is you will need to submit it for others to look at, informally, and offer feedback. That's valuable because you can be sure that what you contribute is accurate and reflects well on you and NANFA.
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