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Re: gardneri gold
> Some people have reported declining fertility among their gold gardneri.
> could be speculated that the decline in fertility may relate to the mixed
> heritage of the strains. Scheel even found some strains of gardneri (not
> many) which were very difficult to cross.
Scott pieced together some of my comments on the gold mutations. At the time
it was written only the Nsukka was known to have a gold mutant. Since then
of coarse Misaje at least has been cracked & circulated. These things just
appear at auctions & I'm wondering if their are any other gardneri
populations being bred as gold mutants.
In an ideal world it would be nice if these discoveries were publicised
prior to their release into the hobby but it rarely happens.
In 1968 Scheel unleashed ROTOW onto an unsuspecting world where gardneri was
only known as gardneri. Their were no Fundulopanchax or nigerianus to
contend with. Crossing experiments showed the fantastic colours possible
through selective breeding of differing populations. Perhaps Scheel's
failures were due to selecting incompatible populations. I personally found
the Cross River populations more difficult & the lacustre extremely
difficult but we now accept the lacustre to be more seasonal in their
breeding pattern. Perhaps Scheel tried at the wrong time of the year. Don't
seem to recall seeing a detailed crossing diary.
ROTOW is the old testiment of the killie bible but TFH discontinued it.
Perhaps we should try to get them to re-publish it. Perhaps an advance order
from the worldwide killie associations would get it going. If we ordered 500
copies it might become a reality?
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