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Old 05-14-2009, 07:23 PM
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Default Re: So, you want a reason to not mix species?

Originally Posted by Marinarawr View Post
I think that there is absolutely nothing wrong with telling a new hobbyist that they can't mix species. Would you tell a young child that smoking cigarettes/using the stove/using sharp knives/driving a car/drinking alcohol is ok? I mean of course it's ok for an adult, but the child doesn't understand why it's ok for adults and not for them. Which is why so many people use the "zero tolerance" parenting technique in order to avoid misunderstandings with their children. Once the children grow older they can begin to take on some of these activities, such as, using knives and cooking on the stove... New hobbyists (to any hobby) have to take this approach. (Yes I know there are people who jump into anything and everything head first and no harm comes of it, but those are "exceptions to the rule".) In the case of the dart frog hobby I just don't see the harm in drilling the "no mixed species" idea into their head so that one day when they have a room full of mysteriosus, pumilio, histrionicus, quinqs, etc, it can dawn on them that the only thing they haven't tried is a mixed species tank. My personal feeling, is that the patience and responsibility you have to exercise to arrive at that moment, are nearly as rewarding as finally creating a successful multi-species enclosure with animals whose husbandry and behavior you are intimately knowledgeable of.
All of the examples you mention are due to the lack of mental capabilities or physical limitiations of a child. A new member to the dart frog community typically does not lack either and is capable of gathering and processing the information needed to setup a mixed species tanks. It is the omition of information or the intentional issuance of incorrect information that will cause a poorly formulated decision.
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