02-22-2012, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by lorax84
I disagree on one major point that beetlebz made. I do not believe line breeding (breeding for specific traits) is comparable to what goes on at puppy mills. I have a friend who used to breed really nice fancy guppies and he kept each line separate to preserve/enhance their traits. As he went through this process her culled fish heavily, removing fish that showed any sign of deformity or weakness. Usually he fed these fish to other fish he kept. His fishes genetics stayed very strong and they were always very hardy.
That was poorly worded on my behalf. While I do not have faith that ALL of the commercial breeders are as respectable as far as breeding (and more importantly inbreeding) as your friend is, I was making a generalized statement (which, admittedly are irresponsible on my part
) leaning more towards weakened gene pools. Unfortunately, in breeding for specific traits its very difficult at times to avoid inbreeding.