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Location codes, My view
Hi Fellow Killinuts!
I thought that I would put in my two cents
worth on this issue, as it is an important
facet of our hobby.
To me, it is very important to keep the
various locations of fish separate and distinct.
For example, there are many locations of A.
elberti, with names like Bafole, Diang, Jakiri
N'dokayo, N'dop, Nanga-Eboko and many,
many others. If I tell another killie keeper that
I have some Bafole to trade, if he is not familiar
with the location, he will at least be able to look
it up and find a picture of what it looks like.
If I mixed Bafole and other locations together
I could not be sure what the offspring would
look like, nor could I be sure that they could
produce viable eggs at all. Once crossed, you
could never produce a pure strain of Bafole
again, or anything else.
It doesn't matter if a fish is labeled Bafole or
Congo 2002-23 or anything else. It just lets us
know the exact spot where that particular killie
was found, which is valuable information, often
giving clues on what conditions are necessary
to induce it to reproduce.
Many years ago ( in fact they still do) fish
would come in as commercial imports without
knowing where that specific fish came from. If
it was then lost from the hobby, it stood very little
chance of being found again. I could cite many
examples of this.
I think that there is plenty of room in the hobby
for keeping killies with and without codes. However,
if a location is known for a specific fish I think it is
very desireable, at least for me, to have that
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