10-18-2008, 04:52 AM
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I'm am not a fish breeder by no means, however, I have worked in the veterinary field for many years and have seen what crossbreeding can do (good and bad). I agree that crossbreeding has a place and is part of evolution of a species. However, very stringent standards should be followed. In nature it is the survival of the fittest that controls crossbreeding faults and maintain the successes. But in a human controlled environment, humans sometimes help the ones that should have died survive, therefore causing problems. We must always consider how this "new strain" might survive in the wild. One should never breed just for appearance or entertainment when the potential cost could be to the health quality of the fish and also the primary pure species. We must be careful not to "wipe-out" the pure species by over crossbreeding. A new strain takes years to establish to ensure it is healthy and does not carry any genetic faults (both hidden and visual). If these faults occur, crossbreeding that stain should cease. As for selling to stores, a new strain should not be sold to stores until the strain is established to be genetically and physically sound/healthy, and then make it a point to the store that it is a crossbreed and that it is to be sold as such. Quality of life to the new life you are creating is the most important factor to consider when breeding. Maintaining a pure species is also extremely important. Remember that these wonderful creatures are innocent and did not harm to us, so we should not do harm to them. 8)
Last edited by whtroze; 10-18-2008 at 05:01 AM..