Tuesday, November 14, 2006
All Things Fishy
The tank has been a joy in my life over the past months, giving me something to do when I should be studying or doing homework. It has been a fantastic educational tool as well. I have a good many people coming in to see the aquarium, asking "what is that!; Is that alive!?". The negative impact that our hobby has on the reefs can somewhat be offset by just introducing people to what is out there, and even more so if we try our best at propagation of some of the rarer corals and anemones. Anemone propagation has become big business in the Aquarium industry since Anthony Califo has published his articles detailing the process.
I'm hoping to get invited to go on another fish collecting trip with Dr. Stallsmith in the next week or two (Assuming that it isn't raining for once). I'm just now realizing why I enjoy such things so much. A.) It's doing something. B.) It's doing something that I might potentially like to do for a life. C.) There is so little information on our native species--Research Opportunity Galore! Speaking of which, I don't have classes on Fridays next semester, and I think that would make a particularly awesome day to throw in some research credits. If I can ever summon up enough gall to talk to Dr. Stallsmith about that again. I don't have a clue to what I would do, I just know that I want to do it. If I'm going to be anything, I really should get to work on it now. Research work this early in the game would be a fantastic opportunity for me. It's just one of those things that many undergraduates don't get out and do. I don't know if it's laziness, intimidation, or what...but I want to do something like this before I have to for a living! College shouldn't be job training, this is our time to learn about anything and everything that we have an interest in.
That's it for me tonight. Time to get some work done while it rains for the next two days.