04-07-2012, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by calfishguy
Thanks for those websites. I will definitely check them out even though I'm surprised you trust them considering they werent written by marine biologists with phd's.
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Many of them do have degrees in fish biology, but even more importantly, they are written by people who do know fish and far better than most of us.
Dr. Gery, who sadly passed away in 2006, spent the last 60+ years of his life emersed in ichthyology. If you named any river in the world, he could--off the top of his head--tell you all the fish species that lived in it. Try to find anyone with that level of knowledge. He was a close personal friend of Heiko Bleher, renowned explorer and collector, an acquaintance of mine, who has discovered more new species of ornamental fish than anyone alive--including the fourth "neon" tetra that Dr. Gery always felt was out there. Heiko has articles and books published with very reliable data. Dr. Weitzman is now Research Professor Emeritus in ichthyology at the Smithsonian in Washington, and the top in his field--not to mention the knowledge that he has passed down over his years of teaching; his PhD was on the Nannostomini tribe (pencilfish). Matt Ford is a biologist with an immense understanding of aquarium fish. I needn't go on.
Last edited by Byron; 04-07-2012 at 10:13 AM..