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bf2king 08-21-2007 07:11 PM

Glow Fish
I have 2 of these fish and i was wondering how u felt about them as from my understanding they r geneticly altered instead of "tatood" and mine seem to act as a usual zebra danio. So bottom line is how do u feel about these fish as they add some color to mine.

Lupin 08-21-2007 07:29 PM

This has been discussed before and debated as well. I often despised fish that seem to have been hybridized or tattooed. The same thing is applied to those that look unnatural in looks. In the case of the glofish, yes, I detest them strongly because of their unnatural coloring however they are more fortunate than the ones hybridized or tattooed because overall, they are still the same as the original zebra danios but more expensive in comparison.

I'm planning to get a few however. Tempting they may be, I prefer them more than other fish whose bodies seem mangled by selective breeding.:roll:

cullens089 08-21-2007 10:48 PM

my girlfriend likes them alot and so i may be forced to get a couple

Lupin 08-22-2007 12:46 AM

Re: Glow Fish

Originally Posted by bf2king
mine seem to act as a usual zebra danio.

I forgot to point that glofish are still similar to the original zebra danios. The only difference is genes and price. You cannot distribute the resulting fry as they have been patented.

Falina 08-22-2007 11:42 AM

A living creature can be patented?!? This is just sad!

willow 08-22-2007 11:49 AM

well,just my two pence worth.
i personally don't like fish that i know to have had
something done to change them,
however it's your tank,and you will see these fish more than me
so........go for it if you like them. :)

Lupin 08-24-2007 06:35 AM

If anyone failed to see a site where more information is available, please click this.

Julie, the quote below should answer your question.;)


Why are GloFish® the only fluorescent fish that can be sold in the United States?
Because fluorescent fish are unique, their sale is covered by a substantial number of patents and pending patent applications. The providers of GloFish® fluorescent fish, 5-D Tropical and Segrest Farms, are the only distributors that have the necessary licenses to produce and market fluorescent fish within the United States. The production of fluorescent fish by any other party, or the sale of any fluorescent fish not originally distributed by 5-D Tropical or Segrest Farms, is strictly prohibited.

tophat665 08-25-2007 12:23 AM

6 years and counting until that patent goes away....

Way I look at it is this - They're Zebra Danios.

If you don't get bent out of shape about balloon mollies, parrot cichlids, or for the love of god bubble eyed celestial goldfish with all of the natural viability of a wet kleenex in a supersonic wind tunnel, then what's to worry about here?

So they shortcut the selective breeding process and used jellyfish genes to do something that they could have done with the exact same genes from fish that would have cost them 100x more a piece than the jellyfish (and probably had exactly the same gene or fluorescence).

Mary Shelly wrote a fun story.

It's in the fiction section.

verbosity 12-14-2007 08:20 PM

I know this is an old post.. But I just picked up 5 of these. The sign said geneically alertered.. So that means these fish didn't feel any pain. I researched when I got home and true to life they are genetically altered ..

The five should go great with my 22 danios and 8 neons

Expecially since they are danios. :)

tophat665 12-15-2007 10:51 AM

I have found mine not to be anywhere near so hardy as regular zebras. Of the 9 I have purchased, fed a varied diet regularly, and kept in a tank that supports Panda Cories without any problems, only two have survived.

Won't be getting those again. Plus, despite the MSRP of $6, I've seen them going for up to $16. Cool, yes, but not $16 cool.

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