Last Updated: 4/22/13
First, thanks for visiting my site. If you have a question that you do not mind others reading,
please post it in the Fishpondinfo forum which I
Replace the 'at' with @ in the above e-mail before you send it (or click on it, and it does that for
you). You can send me questions (please put questions that you are comfortable sharing into the
Fishpondinfo forum), comments,
technical problems, errors, etc. or ask me to link to your page. Please see the Guidelines and
FAQ section below before sending an e-mail (if you have time). Thanks!
Questions relating to animals, fish, and ponds can be put in my Fishpondinfo forum to share with
everyone. I try to reply daily to all new forum posts. Just be sure to check back in a day or so!
By posting in the forum, not only can others read our exchange but they can give you their input
Additional Links of Interest on Robyn's Web Site
Guidelines for Sending Robyn E-mails
Robyn's Site and E-mail FAQ
How Can I Help Robyn?
If you come across a web site, e-mail, etc. that links to my old web site URL
(http://userpages.umbc.edu/~rrhudy1/) and/or e-mail, please let them know about the move if
have a moment. My old site was deleted around 9/30/04 (out of my control). Thank you.
I have not had time to read and/or completely edit all of my over 149 separate web sites (well
many more now!). There is
just too much information for me to re-read it all. Thus, some things are out of date or need to
updated or fixed. I do not know if I will ever get to them. I have not had time to check for
off-site link validation either so many links to other sites are bad. If you find errors or things
need to be changed, please e-mail me.
Someone complained to me that I had some gall to provide e-mail guidelines and must think
highly of myself (they used more colorful language). I actually have a very low self esteem. I
not think I do much of importance. I provide the guidelines simply because you will get faster
and better responses from me this way. I get dozens of e-mails a day so it is hard to keep track.
Besides no one said you HAD to follow my guidelines anyway. Most people do not.
- Before asking about a topic, use the search at the top of any of my pages to see if I
that topic on my web site.
- If you wish to send photos or attached files, please only send small files like small jpg's or
gif's. Please do not send zip, bmp, or exe files or any large files or weird formats. They
my system and/or I cannot open them. If you have a photo or file on a web site, that is even
- If you want me to link to a site, it must be relevant and please tell me which page!
- Please tell me what kind of animal you are talking about. I have gotten a lot of e-mails
saying, "How do you sex them" or "What do you feed them?" I have no idea which of the
hundreds of species on my sites to which you are referring so please specify.
- If you have e-mailed me before, please do not expect that will I remember you as I go
through hundreds of e-mails weekly. I often do remember but please provide a few sentences to
refresh my memory. Saying, "I e-mailed you a while back and now the fish is waving at me;
what does this mean?" I will not remember your previous story that perhaps the fish was
growing spikes or whatever.
- While I normally check e-mail once a day, please allow at least four days before sending
another e-mail to allow for problems with the server, computer crashes, illnesses, emergencies,
computer viruses, backlog, power outages, etc. As for vacations, I never take any. I ALWAYS
answer legitimate e-mails. That means that if you get no response after a few days, send another
e-mail. It may have gotten lost. Also, my server often times out while I am doing an e-mail
response. Then, it seems to go through but it really did not, and I have no way of knowing.
Once, I accidently deleted an e-mail without even opening it entitled "hatchling." My cat, Gino,
was climbing on me and typing, and I was trying to get used to my new super slow e-mail
system, and oops, the e-mail was deleted. Bottom line, if I have not replied in two days to an e-
mail, send another saying I did not reply with the original message.
- When you send a request for a change or addition for my web page, please allow a full two
weeks for me to complete it. I print saved e-mails (ones that require changes and further
every Saturday, read them during that week and change the page, and upload changed pages the
following Saturday. If it is an emergency, let me know.
- If you think your question and its answer would benefit others, and it relates to animals, fish,
or ponds, then post on my Fishpondinfo message
board/forum so that everyone can see my answer. I try to answer all questions
- In sending an e-mail, you agree that I may include selected quoted portions of the text
on my web site with your first name only and date of the e-mail. I will not post your e-mail
other personal information (unless you request as such). I add relevant text to my comment
pages as well as informational sections if you have input. I probably only use one in 20 e-mails
in this way. In sending an e-mail, you agree to my being allowed to use any non-professional
photos (on my web site only) unless you indicate as such. I only use a small percentage of
that I receive. Photos are often cropped and resized. I will not use any photos with people in
them without permission. I will not use any photos of questionable material (offensive,
obviously copyrighted, etc.). In order for me to use your photos, you must own the copyright. I
will not post photos that obviously were professional or came from another web site. Photos
from others that I post to my web site will include the first name and date only. You retain
copyright privileges. I often get requests to use photos. If I did not take the photo myself, I tell
them no, or I may provide them with the person's original e-mail information if I can find it (I
e-mail you their message; I do not give out your e-mail without permission); I do not own the
copyright on donated photos. If you see one of your photos on my web site that either you
sent or was sent without your permission (if you can verify that), I will remove it if you e-mail
such a request.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions:
- Q: Are you an expert?
A: Everything is relative. As there is so much more for me to know about any topic on this web
do not consider myself an expert. Many other people do though. You can read what some of
have said on my comments page. I know much more about
animals on my site than others. Some I know very little about so it varies.
- Q: Who are you and why do you do what you do?
A: See my introduction page.
- Q: Why doesn't this link work?
A: If the link is internal to my site, please let me know so I can fix it. If it is an external link,
always moving their web sites. When you run your mouse over a link, the URL appears at the
left. You can cut it back by removing the end of the URL back to the next / which you can do
repeatedly to see if a site is still there. Sometimes they just move things around. If the actual
to the basic URL is gone, then try going to archive.org where
enter in old URL's and see old versions of web sites that they have archived. If you do not know
this site, you should! If you find where a moved site has gone, please let me know so I can fix
- Q: Why do your web pages blind me?
A: I like colors! I have been trying to tone back many of my pages so they are less strenuous for
viewers. If you really need a color-less version, you can cut and paste the text elsewhere or view
source (if you do not understand HTML, it may confuse you).
- Q: Why are your pages so visually boring?
A: I do not have money to throw around on this site. (I throw it at my animals!) Luckily for you,
brother is a computer programmer and taught me basic HTML and programmed all the fancy
stuff on this site for me so that you can read some of the stuff floating around my mind!
- Q: Do you have information on "whatever?"
A: Insert "whatever" into the search box at the top of any of my pages to see which pages discuss
- Q: Can I link to your web site?
A: Sure! You can text link to any page you want or use one of my four banners. The generic
fishpondinfo.com banner is on the bottom of my main page, the
Robyn's Fishy Page banner is at the bottom of my fish page, the Robyn's
Pond Page banner is at the bottom of my pond page, and the sailfin
lizard banner is at the bottom of my sailfin page. I had that
a banner exchange that no longer exists. On those pages, you'll find the graphic and code to
- Q: Will you link to my web site?
A: If the site is relevant to the page (let me know which specific page you want it linked to) and
educational or helpful to those that view this site, I will link to it. I will not link to irrelevant
that go against my morals. If the site is commercial and not directly relevant and/or does not
useful information on it, I will not link to it but such a company might consider placing a banner
that page. See the advertizing information page for more on that.
Also, you can add a link instantly by yourself to my instant page of links at this page.
- Q: Can I use your web site information in my article, paper, web site, etc.?
A: See my introduction page for more on that.
- Q: Are you the same Robyn who had a site at userpages.umbc.edu/~rrhudy1? What
happened to that site?
A: Yes, I am one and the same. I graduated from UMBC in 1994 (BS) and 1996 (MS) and was
told I could keep an account as an alumni. Then, in the fall of 2003, notice started going around
that alumni would lose their accounts. I already had a one page site at fishpondinfo.com
people often messed up the URL) so I bought hosting space and spent a month renovating and
moving the site here. My old page was deleted around 9/30/04. You can check the old
page by going to http://userpages.umbc.edu/~rrhudy1/. It is
gone now but you can see the old versions on archive.org.
- Q: Why aren't your web pages updated more often or more information/pages added more
A: See the section below. I simply do not have the time. I do what I can to update and add new
information. I am sorry that I cannot do more. I want to!
You want to help me and my site? Thank you so much!
I added a donation option to my site so if you want to donate money directly to my site
and animals, check out the donation page.
I began my site in the Fall of 1997. As of 5/25/05, I estimate that I have spent, from the Fall of
1997 to 5/25/05 (~7.6 years), 17,784 hours at my paying job or commuting, 22,192 hours
14,470 hours taking care of the animals/fish/ponds/land, 3040 hours answering about 36,800
e-mails from my web site, 1383 hours writing and updating my web site, spent $30,000 at the
various vets, and spent $76,000 on animal/fish/pond supplies and foods. How much money have
I made from my web site? Try -$1000. That is right, I have lost money paying for traffic and
web space. I begged for advertisers with no luck. Finally, I have found a way to make a little
tiny bit of money off of my site using something that I had to remove from mention here because
it is against their policy to mention it so I cannot even say anything more. Phooey. I also used to
have a few advertisers in my rotating banner in the header which did cover the basic
hosting costs of my site. Update 3/19/09: I now make some money from my web site
affiliates. Update 2013: Since the economy crashed, I no longer make extra money from my
web site, just enough to pay for the hosting.
I have no time anymore to add much new information to my site but if you have any
animal/fish/pond articles, information, photos, etc. that you want to share with the world, I
be happy to put them up on my web site with full credit to you. Thanks.
If you purchase things from Amazon, they are affiliates on my site with links in the footer below.
You can also directly order from Amazon on my site here, and I get
5% of the order at no extra cost to you. Thanks again! Drs. Foster & Smith and Live Aquaria
did have affiliate programs but they ended them on 2/22/10 so there are many non-functional
links on my site until I can remove them. Thank you to everyone who ordered from them
through my site in the past. That Pet Place approved me as an affiliate on 3/2/10. You can shop
there through the banner at the top of my web pages. Wind & Weather and PetsMart approved
me on 3/3/10, and they are at the bottom of my web pages. A week later, Dutch Gardens
approved my site; they sell bulbs. In June, Miles Kimball asked me to be an affiliate, and they
carry lots of nifty things. In 2013, I added the Only Natural Pet Store.
I have an Amazon store here
which is more specific. That store sells supplies from other people while my store below sells
things that I personally ship out.
I set up a page with a list of the stores that give me a percentage on the shopping page.
I now have an Ebay page and a Amazon page and have
begun selling things around the house including animal and pond supplies.
Largest Pet Store is your source for discount aquarium, pond, and pet supplies!
There have been 29,526,918 visitors (file views since 2006) to
Fishpondinfo from October 1, 2003 through December 7, 2013.