Its a little humorous. I got back into keeping killies with the simple idea of having a few tanks and maybe breeding a few pairs of fish. I am beginning to think there is something seriously wrong with me (I know lots of other people believe I am nuts).
Happily, I now have a few species in the fish room and am looking for a few more. I have set up an interesting community tank in my living room, It contains Aplo. normanni and Epi. annulatus and some floating plants. It would be cool to see fry down the road growing in this 30-gallon tank. Downstairs, I am focusing on annuals.
A couple days ago, I decided to bring Killienutz Online up to date and add a few things to bring people by to see what I am doing. What I didn’t expect was to start building the database of killifish again. With the multitude of killie species now known to science and the hobby, it is a bit of a daunting task, but in my infinite wisdom (or lack thereof), I began. I have completed a listing of all the different groups of killies with a list of all the species (known to me) and am in the process of designing the system to access all the data. Each group is based on a region of the world (Africa, South America, etc.) and then further broken down into groups (genera/subgenera) such as Top-Spawners, Annuals etc. If a specific group is selected, there is a listing displaying most of the known species. I am still collecting data on the newer species and will be adding them as I gather the information or it is sent to me.
Photography is a problem. I would like to have pictures of every species on their individual pages, but my skills are limited and access to most of the species is difficult. I do take pictures at whatever shows I go to and any species I have in my fishroom, but I simply don’t have a good shot of the majority of killies. I accept picture donations however.
I have no idea how many species for which I have to create a page, but I have completed a section on Nothos with a page for each species. No, I have not entered much data for each individual yet, but that is underway.
Over the past few days I have wanted to scream about the status of killies. The splitters have created so many new genera, subgenera and other groupings, it is very difficult to organize the data because the information out there is so fractured. Strangely I find myself going back to the JAKAs over and over trying to pick up little tidbits. I do thank goodness for Google, although much of the info I find there is old and out of date. I am working on it, but it is a time consuming task, particularly because so many of the “papers” are on websites that require substantial costs of one sort or another. For me this is a hobby, not my life’s work. I receive no income from what I do and I simply can’t afford those costs, so I have to find the information from alternate sources or beg someone to part with a PDF.
Okay, so what is my ultimate goal? As long as I have been in the hobby, I wanted to provide a solid source of information to killie hobbyists and for whatever it is worth, the scientific community. My current objective is to list, provide information and photos of every species of killifish. Will that happen. Probably not, but at least maybe I can fill in some of the holes that exist out there. I want to help hobbyists understand how to keep and breed their fish. There are numerous ways to do this and hopefully someday, the library will provide as much of that information as possible.
Right now, I am at an early stage of putting this all together. Given time and the energy, I will add to KillieNutz ONline on a regular basis.