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Re:Aurguments Against Mixing Locations
I think Bill V. is right to "stir the pot", this is the most interesting
thread in a while, and the one that gets to the heart of the AKA.
It is probably wise to continue on the safe side and abide by the position
to avoid mixing location populations until the experts can better sort this
out. In the best of worlds, if we make proper use of our maintenance
committees, a breeder working with a particular species can, from
researching the archives of these committees, find other breeders who might
have a more recent arrival from the same location to prevent excess
inbreeding in his stock.
I tend to try to keep populations of the old Roloffia group, and based on
where these guys come from, Sierra Leone in
particular, it is uncertain there will be any collecting in these areas for
quite a while,some of the locations may have even been destroyed. As these
are small groups of fish, it is possible somebody may have the last of a
species location in their tank right now. When it is lost, its probably for
I for one will try to find fresh arrivals wherever possible, just to keep
the gene pool a broader base.
In Rochester, NY where we just missed a 42" snowstorm. One of our employees
spent 19 hours in his car stuck on the NY Thruway in Buffalo.
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