Bob Marklew, who very sadly passed away on the 29th February 2012 will always be remembered for his contributions to the pleco world. Bob was very passionate about the welfare of pleco's in aquariums and the wild, and Plecoplanet was indeed honoured that he was part of the staff. Bob gave so much to the forum and members including breeding logs, an article, pleco profiles that he researched and wrote as part of the profiles team and last but by no means least, the advice he gave to members new and old that would help them to become better fish keepers. Bob’s no nonsense approach gained him a lot of respect which was well and truly deserved.
Bob bred many fish including pleco’s, it was never a hobby for profit, it was to help establish the presence of pleco’s in aquariums amid the controversial building of various dams in Brazil which threaten the very existence of many fish. Whilst he may not have been able to prevent the inevitable, he compensated by trying to provide a future for South American catfish in our aquariums, with this in mind, it was normal practice for Bob to give away or sell very cheaply youngsters that he had bred.
Photography was another passion that Bob had, and Plecoplanet has opened this new forum and named it ‘Bobs Photography Corner’ so that he will always be remembered for everything he gave to the hobby and hobbyists.
This is a little insight into the mind of one of the most amazing fish keepers of our time.
"First problem is not the water, not the temp, it is the fact that it serves no reason apart from looking good
The fish is in a totally alien environment
Like placing a person from a city in the Forests of SEA
I am not going to bang on as my views are well known
Just it is some thing I would never do and I would always advise against it for the reasons stated.
My view is we unknowingly place far too many problems in the way of our fish to add more knowingly is wrong.
When working as the sales prevention officer in my LFS if some one would wish to do this I would under the Animal welfare act 2007 refuse."
This is Brilliant
Bob was a huge asset to the pleco world, & Plecoplanet, I am sure to his fellow man in general, his wit and replys would always make me smile, As they did when I read them above just now..lol what a way with words lol,
yup totally agree. May I say that this is just a great tribute and very well and subttlely done. I always used to love his responses, especially those about the Eheims. Wisdom never leaves, it just takes others to absorb it. cheers
Very nicely done,Lisa, a great tribute to a man who really put everything into helping us be fish/waterkeepers. I have learned so much and found a deep respect from him. This is honestly a great idea and PP should be proud to do it .
The future new members will also gain knowledge from his posts ,so his legacy lives on and we now have this memorial site to keep him with us.
I have decided to join Pleco Planet so I can say a huge big thank you and to let you know that I am printing all of these posts and keeping them in a memory box so that when our Grandchildren are older they can read all about him and what an amazing man he was. I can't tell you all how much this means to me to read all of your lovely words, it just brings tears of joy to my eyes, you all knew him so well even though many of you never met him, the words that you say about him on this site are exactly how he was in real life, he would often just say things how they were. I am so proud to have been with this lovely man for nearly 30 years, unfortunately I can only keep one of his tanks, but I do have several of his favourite plecs and I intend to learn a little more about them so that I can kep them alive and well. Many thanks to you all. xxx
Lin, he was great man and it was because of him (and G) that I first became involved with Plecofanatics and then PP. I only wish I'd spent more time drinking tea and chatting with him in your front room. Every day when I feed the fish in the lab (including this one that he collected for me from Crewe and kept until I collected) and a spare L100 that he gave me, I think about him.
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