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Re: how do i start. first native
Collecting your own fish puts you into their environment, and there is a lot to be learned. If I collect half an hour south of my house, the fish on that side of the river are different from the species on the northern bank and up. That got me looking at local geology, and then at the history of the ancient Champlain Sea - you can take it as far as you want to.
Too many aquarists act as if our fish come from shops, literally. It never occurs to them to look at different environments, water flow, types of water, evolutionary history, specialized adaptations, etc. Native 'fishing' can make you see that very clearly - why is there a population of rainbow darters here, hundreds of km away from any others of their species - why does Fish A favor blackwater beaver dam ponds and what does that mean when you keep it, etc.
You think of that, then read of where the fish you want from the tropics naturally occur and start connecting the dots, and all of a sudden this hobby gets a lot more intriguing.