Originally Posted by okiemavis
Glofish are genetically engineered zebra danios. Their genes were spliced with something that glows under a blacklight to make them like that. I think what they were actually spliced with is proprietary.
Blend, I'm not sure where you got the idea that they were invented by aquazoo? Glofish are copyrighted by Yorktown Technologies and cannot be bred, sold, bartered etc. by anyone except authorized retailers without breaking the law.
My biggest issue with Glofish is the company that produces them has *NO* quality control. My LFS gets them and half of them have crooked spines. They don't seem to cull any of their fish to improve the line, which I think is very irresponsible. They also seem to sell any fish, even the ones born with obvious genetic defects. This is very irresponsible, and I see no reason to support them.
My name is Sarah and I work for Yorktown Technologies, the exclusive licensor of GloFish® fluorescent fish. I noticed your discussion thread on this forum and would like to respond to the quality control concerns (specifically, the message posted by okiemavis on Sept. 6, 2008). Also, I would like to note that it is not our intention to intrude on any public discussion forums. Our goal is simply to provide helpful information to the public that will inform the conversation, so our involvement here will be kept to a minimum.
We work extremely hard to ensure the utmost quality of our fish, and any issues with regard to their quality are of great concern to us. To okiemavis: We would like to contact your fish store so that we can discuss any issues directly with them. Can you please contact us through our Contact Page (http://www.glofish.com/contact.asp
) with the store’s name and location? We would greatly appreciate your help in resolving this matter.
In addition, we would like to invite everyone to visit our website (http://www.glofish.com
) for more information and to help clear up any areas of possible confusion. Our FAQ page (http://glofish.com/faq.asp
) answers many of the more common questions about our fish, including a number that have been asked on this forum. In response to several requests, we have now posted video of our fish swimming under a black (ultraviolet) light on our video page (http://www.glofish.com/video.asp
). We have also posted a complete license statement at (http://www.glofish.com/license.html
) that we hope may clarify some of the questions regarding the restrictions on breeding our fish. As we hope everyone will understand, this is something that is necessary in light of the tremendous resources that have been invested in developing and commercializing these extraordinary fish.
If you have a specific question, comment, or concern that is not addressed on our website, please feel free to contact us directly via our contact page (http://www.glofish.com/contact.asp
). We love to hear from fellow hobbyists and will respond to your specific question as quickly as possible!
We appreciate your interest in our GloFish® fluorescent fish and hope you enjoy them!