Catching up with all the videos I am behind with is at the TOP of my list of New Year’s resolutions. 2011 has been a very busy year, and I apologize to everyone patiently waiting for the continuance of the fish room and basic aquarium series. Soon… very soon.
The aquarium-world has seen a much needed focus on the plight of fish species in peril. Clubs large and small have been starting programs to promote the keeping of threatened and endangered species. Our societal leader in this effort is the C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program:
Founded in 2004, the C.A.R.E.S. (Conservation, Awareness, Recognition, Encouragement, and Support) Preservation Program is based on the critical and timely significance of Conservation, our Awareness as hobbyists of the issues involved, and the public Recognition of members, offering Encouragement and Support for those who take part in playing a vital role in ensuring a positive future for species at risk. The purpose of the C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program is to encourage hobbyists worldwide to devote tank space to one or more species at risk, while forming an information network between aquarists, scientists, and conservationists.
For more information about the program: CARES PRESERVATION PROGRAM
I have been keeping C.A.R.E.S. species since the inception of the program… sometimes without even knowing that the fish I was breeding were threatened! Awareness is the key to the ultimate success of the program. You may also have some of these species in your aquariums; if so, make a personal pledge to maintain them for the long term. If you do not have any of these species, consider dedicating some space to one.
Here is one of the eight species at risk that I maintain in my fish room… Characodon lateralis. This goodeid livebearer from Mexico has been extirpated from most of its range by habitat loss, pollution and invasive species. Some sources suggest that C. lateralis can now be found in only two small springs. It is very possible that the captive population far outnumbers the wild populations.