I've been thinking about this... I wanted to collect a list of all known shrimp variants (that breed true) in the hobby, get detailed information from breeders and keepers, and slam it all into one source. (Originally just for my reference). Sure all the information is available if you search, but why not have it all in one place, easily accessible, searchable, and revisable.
I was an English major before I switched to Biology. I love shrimp, I love writing, I love science, this screams out to me. I've been lurking this thread but now that people have said it wasn't the best idea, I would love to be a part of this if we decide it could be done.
I agree wholeheartedly that FW Shrimp is a new and booming hobby, but I disagree that the book would be nothing more than good opinions and that it should just be let to wait. Sure new species and new information will come to light, but that doesn't mean we should wait for someone else to figure it all out for us. If we lack concrete data, then we should make concrete data.
We have plenty of experienced shrimp keepers and breeders on the forum. I can already think of a handful and I've only been here for 2 weeks. I know for a fact we have the knowledge and experience to at least make a comprehensive guide, if not an entire walk-through of how to successfully keep and breed dozens of species of shrimp.
I've read many a book about keeping fish, inverts, and other marine organisms, both salt and freshwater; they're nothing more than opinions, tried and tried over again. The authors don't do scientific studies and pick the most efficient result to publish, they do what they think will work, over and over again, trying new things here and there and then picking the method they feel is the easiest and most efficient way of doing things. Or creating their own!
Once it's proven to work well, most people accept and begin to follow it. That's when authors revise their books to improve their methods based on feedback from other keepers and hobbyists.
It's all precedence. If we managed to release a comprehensive e-book about the keeping of shrimp, who's to say it won't become widely accepted throughout the forum communities? What would stop us from revising and publishing then?
Even if it doesn't get huge, we still have a detailed guide for the members of TPT that we could distribute for free, at the very least.
I wholeheartedly agree that this is a project worth undertaking, even with the obstacles that stand in the way. Revision of your work is very common in the scientific field, and new information always forces researchers to revise their studies. A resource of this magnitude would be beneficial to everyone, as long as it's kept up to date with new information.
I say that if you won't help us, at least provide us with your knowledge and experiences so we can do it!
Last edited by AVN; 10-25-2012 at 04:53 PM.
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