Which part of the world are you from?

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Where are you from?

North America
643
40%
Europe
713
44%
Asia
89
5%
South America
31
2%
Africa
19
1%
Australia/New Zealand
129
8%
 
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Which part of the world are you from?

Post by polkadot »

Just finding out where the majority of us are from....
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Post by Jools »

This may prove my "law of catfish keeper distribution" theory which is roughly:

The total number of catfish keepers in any given area is inversely proportionate to the number of individual catfish occuring in the wild in that area.

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Post by Rusty »

Then shouldn't there be a heck of lot of catfish keepers in Australia and Antarctica? :wink:
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Post by Silurus »

What about all those ACLF (Australian Catfish and Loach Forum) people ?
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Post by Jools »

Australia has very interesting catfish fauna, so I think it holds true. Antartica is a bit tricky unless I re-word the theory...

The percentage of catfish keepers amongst the aquarist population in any given area is inversely proportionate to the percentage of individual catfish species occuring in the wild in that area (versus other aquarium fish).
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Post by Shane »

Jools (and others),
I agree with your "law" for the most part. It also follows that the farther you get from the ocean, the more marine aquarists you will find. That said, ther are to other large factors. First of all, Europeans tend to be fluent in many languages with Asians coming in second. In the Third World (read South America and Africa esp.) there are not so many English speakers. Also, it has to do with access to resources. The average YEARLY income in Colombia is around US $2,500. Down here that might get you a second hand computer but you would still have to pay US $30 per month for internet access. With an average wage of $52 a week, over half of your salary would go towards your internet bill. So, just to join the forum, you would have to save 100% of your wages for a year and then dedicate most of your salary to pay the internet fees. Don't ever forget how good some of us have it.
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:) G'day Mate. Don't go pickin on "The Land DownUnder".
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Post by asgard »

Umm... wasn't too sure which of those options available I'd fall under so I'll just post here; I live in New Zealand :)

We're surrounded by the sea! Alas all the fish I like, are from South America ;)
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Post by Jools »

I've added an option for our friends down under...

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Post by STINGRAY »

Hi I am from central England . Only keeping stingrays comes close to keeping catfish. In the 18yrs of keeping fish I must have had or sold nearly every variety of cat available but still look forward to seing new deliverys hoping to find something that little bit special.
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Post by Coryman »

There are 96 signed up members that have not given there location. That more than 25% of the total membership. :(

I would apreciate knowing where the people I am talking to come from, Your country will do.

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Post by S. Allen »

USA, Colorado, Colorado Springs to be exact. About as far as you can get from the ocean at 6500 feet ASL(kind of intersted in the way fish behave up here, 2 clicks above sea level, seem fine, even discus). Catfish are actually abundant, within driving range, but only in 2 or 3 varieties, and at that large, ravenous(fish for them with cow liver that's not quite expired, but not what you'd feed to people), and not particularly pretty. Other fish are trout, and suckerfish(carp of some sort I believe were introduced), and I can catch pumpkin seed/blue gill in a pond about half a mile from my house... private property owned by a dairy that use to own the land my house is on, but has lately started bringing the milk in, rather than raising in a highly desirable real estate area. I may go fishing there some time, always ran down the creek that runs to it as a kid, a massive forest of some sort of willow and cat tails, a place where the dirt is so loose you can sled down without snow, and if you pay attention, a wealth of fossils.

Jools, I'd have to argue your theory, outside of the tropics it seems most catfish are "big, dumb, and ugly", at least to me. Of course I've been heard to call banjo cats "hard pieces of dog poo rolled flat"... And in the tropics fishkeeping seems to be either much less reported, or less common. That's from friends from the UK to the phillipenes and just about everywhere in between.
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Post by Walter »

Hi,
I think, there would be many more forum users from German speaking countries (Switzerland, Austria, Germany, ...), if there wouldn´t be such a lot of German aquaristik forums yet, even some special catfish-forums (e.g. http://www.l-welse.com. , http://www.welse.net , yahoo catfish-mailinglist, ...).
Besides ist´s rather difficult for us, even impossible for many catfish keepers, to discuss in English language ;) , probably for many Scandinavian Users ist´s not so easy either.

What I would like to know, are there any other interesting special catfish-fori in English speaking www too? Or good catfishsites? (I know this site here for years, scotcat and Schaefer´s and Armbrusters sites).
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Post by König Löwe »

As far as i know, there are not many sites that deal with catfish in general other than those you mentioned (Isn't Armbrusters site only Loricariids?).
Besides ist´s rather difficult for us, even impossible for many catfish keepers, to discuss in English language , probably for many Scandinavian Users ist´s not so easy either.
I think you are wrong about this. There are several scandinavians here, when you keep in mind that in all of scandinavia there are less than 20 million people alltogether (suddently started wondering if Finland is considered as a part of Scandinavia...) The english knowledge in these countries is generally good. Since there are so few people living here, if you want to talk to other people, you have to know a more "usable" language, such as english or german.

I'll agree that writing more "advanced" stuff about fish is hard at some time, such as remebering the english words for all the different fins and body parts.

I have an impression that most aquarists in Sweden care more for cichlids than people elsewhere in western europe does, but this is probably wrong :p
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Post by Walter »

Well, Lion King ;) ,
you´re probably right, but I cant imagine, that every Northman is fit enough in English to discuss in an English speaking forum. High esteem to your education system, if I´m wrong.´
In Austria most of the younger people are also able to speak English more or less well, but many of the older ones do not. And I know more than one "old and very experienced aquarist" ;)
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Post by Chill »

(suddently started wondering if Finland is considered as a part of Scandinavia...)
It's not in Scandinavia König Löwe.

But I do agree with you that the Scandinavians have no problems in partisipating on English forums. We might suck a little in the terms of correct spelling, but people tend to get the point :D

I actually think that as much as 90% of the Scandinavians younger then 40'ish +/-
know english pretty well.
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Post by jscoggs27 »

I'm wondering if there are any catfish fans and fish keepers in Iraq, either way I hope they keep themselves and their families safe in the coming days, I just heard on the news that the assault has started. :(

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Post by perrush »

Coryman wrote:There are 96 signed up members that have not given there location. That more than 25% of the total membership. :(

Ian
even worse : 150 members with 1 or less posts :(

:shock: Perrush :shock:
* the only one from Belgium *
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Post by Ben »

I'm really quite amazed at the lack of Canadians here. I have seen a few others, but they are all in western Canada. As far as I know, I'm the only one east of Alberta! :(

I agree with how shocking it is to see so many people with no posts, or just one. I suppose many people might get an account just to have one or two questions answered.
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Post by SynoPetri »

I think I am very unique in this forum. I'm from Austria!!
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