Animal Scene - - AQUA BASICS - Text by AN­GEL L. AMPIL

This is a ques­tion that is of­ten asked by fish hob­by­ists in fish fo­rums and dis­cus­sion groups, and replies to this ques­tion have al­ways been var­ied. It is al­ways in­ter­est­ing to read the replies, but for the new­bie fishkeeper, the replies will only cause more con­fu­sion. There are so many an­swers that s/he will have a hard time de­cid­ing which ad­vice to fol­low.

To con­tinue the com­par­i­son I made ear­lier: Eat­ing street food is part of our so­ci­ety. For some, it may not be ac­cepted; for oth­ers, it is a source of nour­ish­ment. If it is some­thing you find un­ac­cept­able, then never pull out your wal­let when you are next to a cart at the cor­ner of a street. You prob­a­bly won’t en­joy it any­way, es­pe­cially if you know what they are or where they came from. Dur­ing the time of my par­ents and grand­par­ents, they called street-ped­dled ice cream “sor­bets.” A gen­er­a­tion later, the term “dirty ice cream” be­came a pop­u­lar name for this ice cream. Yet, in par­ties for chil­dren of dif­fer­ent so­cial classes, kids and adults alike line up at Ma­mang Sor­betero’s to par­take of the so-called “dirty ice cream.” Doesn’t sound dirty to me. So feed­ing live food should be taken the same way. Is it ac­cept­able to you?

For com­ments, sug­ges­tions, and ques­tions, write to An­gel Ampil at An­ge­lampil@ya­

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