R.W.Wolff (
Fri, 5 Nov 1999 00:09:45 -0600


> And Ray, you said that anyone doing this "would be trying to maintain the
> fish in its natural color and size I'm sure. One only has to look to the
> A.K.A. to see how dedicated a group can be to keeping strains pure as
> humanly possible." Why are you so confident aquarists would do this?

Because the Amercian Killifish Association does just that. Hybridizing is
looked at as a rotten deed. This includes mixing the same species from
different locations, even if they are just down stream from one another.
Otherwise they become "aquarium Strain" and lose value (both monetarily
and esthetically). It is all part of being a member. Sure after years in
captivity these fish are different than there wild brethern, as in the fact
they adapted to being in glass boxes, fed blackwomrs and brine shrimp, and
hatching in wierd situtations, but are a whole lot nearer the wild fish
then the ones you see in the local pet shop ( excluding of course wild
caught specimans). AGAIN, this captive bred thing was brought up to
illustrate a solution to a specfic problem. Not a catch all for every fish
in the world, that would be ridiculous. In fact, there are several pure
bred killis doing fine that are extinct in the wild since there habitat was
paved over. if those countries ever decide that the stream they
obliterated is worth restoring, the fish are waiting to come back. Those
peoples grand children will get the chance to see the gems granpa used for
bait. That would never happened hadn't there been a group of people who
cared about these fish and propagated them. There would have been no other
way, like they say, hindsight is 20/20 forsight is priceless, but how often
is forsight seen, and how often is hindsight the rule?

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