First, huge thanks to yourself, Drew and the other moderators for setting this up and the *hours* that must be spent administering it. Just wanted to throw out a way that I (and maybe others) would find useful to group some information. I certainly don't want to come across as offering anything other than constructive criticism about the way the forum is organized/run. I initially resisted the switch from the e-mail list to the forum pretty strongly, but I'm quickly coming around.
Not sure what the tradeoffs are for creating something as just a single topic rather than a forum/subforum?
How does the decision to create new forums/subforums/pinned topics get made, anyway? When I first joined the forum back in '06, I was really surprised to see all aspects of "Captive Care" grouped into one forum, while individual "Fish Groups" each get their own forum (and, indeed, a few of those have very few posts at all). I would have expected Captive Care to be subdivided more, for example: "Tank Setup and Equipment", "Breeding", "Live Foods", "Disease Identification/Prevention/Treatment", etc.
Anyway, I did a few searches for terms someone might use if looking for live foods information . Not sure how long links to searches will last, but here's a shot, including the strings I searched. Of course not all of these results are focused on live foods, but a lot of them are. Had to break it into 4 separate searches because of the 100 character max on searches.
earthworms "white worms" grindal blackworms tubifex "compost worms" "red wiggler"http://forum.nanfa.o...rms red wiggler
"green water" "live food" "live foods" "vinegar eels" microwormshttp://forum.nanfa.o...eels microworms
daphnia moina scuds gammarus "brine shrimp" maggots mealworms "mosquito larva" "mosquito larvae"http://forum.nanfa.o...mosquito larvae
"feeder fish" "feeder guppies" "rosy red" "feeder goldfish" rotifershttp://forum.nanfa.o...ldfish rotifers
I get somewhere between 40 and 120 results for each search. Point is, there is a *lot* of discussion going on about issues related to culturing, collecting, and feeding live foods. There are so many different kinds of live foods that it seems like too much for any one topic.
And, yes, I'd love to contribute a few posts about the subject. By no means do I consider myself an expert, but I have good success with a few live food species.
P.S. Any ability to enable "tagging" on this forum? I've fallen in love with tags as a way to organize the same item in a number of different topics, rather than a strict hierarchy. Anyone who uses Gmail, del.icio.us, etc. should understand what I'm saying. That way I could tag something as "captive care", "live foods", AND "blackworms" without needing to care so much where in the forum/subforum hierarchy it lives.