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post #1 of 12 Old 03-02-2011, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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fish and inbreeding

So i been keeping Balloon Mollies and they keep reproducing. Will inbreeding cause any problems down the road.
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-02-2011, 06:58 PM
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i dont think so i'm not sure

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post #3 of 12 Old 03-02-2011, 07:07 PM
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In fish interbreeding can always cause issues, most of the time you will not notice it. A prime example is the lifespan of most domesticated guppys. Part of the reason they have such a short life span is duie to the interbreeding to get the large tails and the vibrant colors. On the other hand it is a good way to keep a strain pure. I have a large colony of over 300 endlers that I have just left alone to reproduce amon themselves. From time to time I scoop a couple hundred out and take them to the pet store and they can sell them as pure endlers.
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-03-2011, 09:23 AM
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Inbreeding

It may cause some deformities, but you can stop this by adding a new fish every few generations.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-20-2011, 06:32 PM
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Fish trading is a great way to keep your lines fresh, find somebody with the same fish as yourself and trade a few after they breed.
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-21-2011, 03:38 PM
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Trading is a good way to liven up blood lines. Some people also have good success with line breeding fish and culling any deformities.
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-23-2011, 10:39 AM
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once the problems REALLY show up, you'll have more and more born with a curved spine.

The breeders I've met cull fish and try to add new genetics every couple generations.

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post #8 of 12 Old 03-24-2011, 12:07 PM
I would love some endlers but I don't know where to get them and pet smarts are terrible

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post #9 of 12 Old 03-24-2011, 07:53 PM
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Hi! I've been researching this subject and I found a great article you might be interested in called Inbreeding is a Good Thing. Although it about another type of fish, perhaps it is relevant to your question.


Chapter 6 and 7 from Fisheries and Aquaculture Department might be good reading too.

I hope this helps.
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-25-2011, 01:03 AM
That was very interesting tank you for that post

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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