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This is a discussion on Glo-fish within the Cyprinids and Atherinids forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> Originally Posted by fishkid They aren't dyed. They are genetically altered zebra danios. They are just like regular zebra danios. Also Glo-fish are copyrighted ...

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Old 02-27-2009, 11:13 AM   #11
 
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They aren't dyed. They are genetically altered zebra danios. They are just like regular zebra danios. Also Glo-fish are copyrighted and even distrubuting any fry is illegal.
being genetically modified, will they even be fertile???
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:24 PM   #12
 
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I don't believe they are sterile. The gene they are injected with doesn't affect their fertility/reproduction. Atleast thats what it seems they are trying to say. I've heard it elsewhere. I couldn't find it on the site but of course they wouldn't come out and say it, they don't want people breeding them and making money they could be making!
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:05 PM   #13
 
hmmm... i always assumed since they were genetically modified they were sterile, our walmart (bad place for fish probably but cheap) has glo-fish for 3.99 as opposed to 11.99 at my LFS, might be kind of cool to breed (legal?)
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:40 PM   #14
 
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im sure you could get away with it, but i believe they are patented, sounds funny saying a fish is patented... you would just have to be careful I guess, although I dont know how big the chances are of the company finding out
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:36 PM   #15
 
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Definitely illegal to breed them on purpose. If you want them, I'd say buy them from Wal-mart as they're about half the price of the cheapest ones you'd find anywhere else. I've seen them go for up to $15 a pop at more expensive LFS's. They really are just zebra danios, though, so they should be hardy enough to survive Wal-mart conditions.

Their care is exactly the same as the zebra danio's: keep them in a school at tropical temperatures in a tank with plenty of room to swim and feed them standard fish foods.
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:44 PM   #16
 
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I believe that the patent only covers the sale of them, so I think that it is fine to breed them on purpose as long as your only intention is for stocking your own displays.
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:47 PM   #17
 
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From their website:

"4) Intentional breeding and/or any sale, barter, or trade, of any offspring of GloFish® fluorescent ornamental fish is strictly prohibited.


5) Notwithstanding the foregoing, production of these fish is permitted for educational use by teachers and students in bona fide educational institutions, provided, however, that any sale, barter, or trade, of the offspring from such reproduction of these fish is strictly prohibited. "


So, unless you're a teacher, even breeding them to stock your own tanks is illegal.
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:00 PM   #18
 
lol forget that. I'll do what I what when I want with my own stuff. sounds like the mpaa and riaa are trying to extend their control into my aquarium, no thank you sir.

p.s.: maybe they'll start a fppa (fish patent protection agency)
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:28 PM   #19
 
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Well, the company that owns the patent on the fish definitely has a right to have such a restriction in place. Whether or not it's enforceable is another matter, but I can see how they'd want you to buy more of their products rather than breed your own.

Plus, it's kind of a different bit of territory than music or movie piracy. Breeding more fish for the purpose of filling more tanks isn't really the same thing as making copies of music you purchased for backup purposes or whatever.
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Old 03-04-2009, 09:12 AM   #20
 
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I'd like to see them actually prove that someone intentionally bred the fish and it didn't just happen because the fish felt like it. Heck, I'd love to know how they'd even plan to find out someone is breeding the fish for their own tanks. It's legal boiler plate. Heck, I doubt most buyers would even know about the restriction on breeding them as the fish stores treat them like any other fish, I don't see them handing out flyers about the buyer's legal obligations in regards to the fish's reproductive habits.
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