This Month in Review: 2019 Feb

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Writing. There was a long hiatus and I have to switch from writing through my lappy to writing using pen and paper. It has been a while I've been writing solely on non-digital medium but it turned out to be a fruitful experience. Several advantages about writing in analogue way. Sketching was way easier and convenient. Concentration was high and you're always in the zone as there were no distraction or procrastination through mindless surfing the Interweb. Digital sabbath or digital minimalism is an alternate good way to churn out more writings.

Reading. In addition to research papers and code reading, read through quite a few books on Betta sp. and Gourami either by local or foreign publishers. Sadly to say, local published books and researchers on fishery were still a lot to be desired compare to our neighboring countries (especially SG). We have all the natural resources and native species (do you know there are quite a few native Betta species which are native only in MY) but yet little efforts or resources were allocated in researches and studies of these fishes. Perhaps it's very hard to get grant for this kind of research that doesn't yields any economic incentives like aquaculture.

Ornamental fish culture online course. Breeding and genetic is always fun. This reminded me this Biology class (Build a better Betta through a simulation activity by LifeSciTRC) for 6 - 8 grades (equivalent to Form 1 till 3 in MY) which uses Betta sp. to study and understand genetic. We have done quite a few Betta sp. breeding projects and it's quite time consuming to produce quality Betta sp. The main obstacles is always on getting quality broodstock (the pair of fish to breed). Most breeding project ended up with less that desired offspring but that is understandable. Even with quality broodstock, you're lucky if you can obtain 1% quality offspring. Most of the these offspring were on the rejected end of the quality scale. Next is on seed production which focus on breeding and feeding. Our observation is that timely good live feed ensures expected growth, survival, and pigment development. Culturing or obtaining consistent food source is always a challenge. 

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