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Hi everyone,

I’m looking for collaborators!

Let me explain myself. I’m Nathan, I’m a tropical fish passionated and a full time developer.
I’ve developed a mobile app that gather many species information and allow the users to create their own tanks and add different species. The app compare the species parameters and behavior in the tank. It works as a huge species compatibility table. The app will be available in English and Spanish since the very beginning.

This app is made by fish keepers for fish keepers. I’d like this app profit to be invested in taking care of our seas and rivers. Maybe removing plastic or helping to preserve the environment. I don’t know yet. The app is developed by one person team, me. But I lack a lot of knowledge to complete all these species information. That’s why I need you guys, I need all your experience and fish keeping knowledge. Only freshwater species will be supported in this first version.

Please PM or reply to this post if interested.

I want to show you some screenshot sketches and the video that will promote the app when ready. Don’t try to find any website or video, there’s nothing out there yet.

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Welcome Nathan! First off, your concept is impressive, I've waited a long time for something like it! The video was cute and very self explanitory. Consider me highly interested in joining the project.

Some background. I am a lifelong aquarist, graphic designer and linux developer, got started with all in the 90's as a kid. Never really thought about merging the ideas until recently, but my idea was to start a retro style database of freshwater species and tbh your idea is much more useful (Read: necessary.)

My aquatic experience is centered on freshwater; especially Mexican livebearers, Anabantids, South American river ecosystems (especially blackwater), and the African rift lakes. I've worked the industry, bred about a hundred species and kept several hundred more. Was junior editor for the Youngstown Aquarist, (something I'd like to see digitized now that the technology has matured) and those resources would be at your disposal. Recently I've been dabbling with the native cold water species of my region, but that's probly not relevant.

Off the top of my head there's about a thousand species people have common access to, and luckily many of them have overlapping needs by region and water meta. Most people get started at their local fish shop (LFS) and they're all pretty much geared to the same bread and butter genus' (with some exceptions ofc.)

With that being said what are your timeline goals? If we bundled species with common needs (ie: something like hatchet fish or pseudotropheus cichlids) into chunks, and approached a major chunk per week, it would probably take 3-4 months on the fish side of things? - programming not withstanding. But I could be really off here, how much foundation exists to your species database currently?

Feel free to reply here or dm me, or not lol x) Best of luck to this project regardless!

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Thank you, Juan! I'm rly glad that there's people out there who understand this ambitious project ^^
I think you are a perfect match, I guess you can provide quite a lot of information for many of the species. We may need some specialists in other species, but that's completely fine.

First of all, this is a hobby. There's not a death line, and I'm not in a hurry. I thought about starting with a beta version that includes the most common species (almost 200 species) so the app can start rolling. In the meanwhile we could identify errors, bugs, UX improvements and complete the rest of the database. Afterwards, the bundling approach can help to achieve the task as you mentioned.
Me myself could gather the basic species information for these first species. It's only missing the compatibility part before the app release.

The database has a csv format, then a script is executed to upload and update all the info in the database. The best part is that this database is handled by a REST API that could be accessed for any other third party (maybe I'm too tech here).

If you are still interested, we can arrange a meeting to get into the details.

PS. I have attached the another screenshot showing the tank compatibility.

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Your enthusiasm and ambition is appreciated Nathan, I'm definitely interested. Because of that ambition I'm going to reply in an old freenet style, so people can follow along with the early collaboration and possibly gain more interested parties. (It's a long shot - but open source habits die hard x) ((for all you kids out there, this is literally how threads used to operate))

"We may need some specialists in other species, but that's completely fine."
>>Oh we'll definately need more specialists: Killifish, Rainbowfish, anything Brackish, african catfish, much of the Congo ecosystem, many asian species - definitely out of my wheelhouse. Thankfully there are minds in our fish society who do know about such genera. Most of them are retired too, so we should be able to enlist reinforcements...

"First of all, this is a hobby. There's not a death line, and I'm not in a hurry."
</>Love it! No death line AND you want the profits to go to seas and rivers??! Sounds wonderful.

"I thought about starting with a beta version that includes the most common species (almost 200 species) so the app can start rolling. In the meanwhile we could identify errors, bugs, UX improvements and complete the rest of the database."
</>Sound logic, identify core issues before there's too many variables in play. Namely from the compatibility aspect. There's an HQ fish shop near us that might be interested in testing said beta. I'll bring it up with their owner next time we drop off snails. Cleveland also has some very active clubs and its only an hour away, would definitely help w UX feedback.

"It's only missing the compatibility part before the app release."
</>That shouldn't be a problem. Instinct is telling me this facet will be the lynchpin. Exciting :3

"The best part is that this database is handled by a REST API that could be accessed for any other third party (maybe I'm too tech here)."
</>There is no such thing as 'too tech' lol x) but when it comes to the REST ecosystem I know absolutely nothing (but I do learn quickly.) Such third party integration would allow species recognition apps to work in tandem, so one could scan a species, add that species, and then learn whether it can (theoretically) coexist with the species they've already put in their tanks o.o... At least that's where my brain went.
 

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Yes! Many other projects could be based in our database! I haven't think about fish recognition, but YES! That's a good one.

I don't have the business model clear yet, but there are many options and I'll try hard until finding the perfect formula. I want the profits to firstly bear expenses and then donate the rest of it to non-profit fish environmental conservation organizations.

Once the app is ready, I'll launch a small campain for an early release. That's what the short video is meant for!

You are right, the compatibility table is the core!! So, guys we need your knowledge here! Feel free to post here or PM me.

I've PM you @Teslacron.
 
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