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Re: OT. bettas
David Lains wrote:
> Insert Tongue in cheek
> Killies just happen...Except when they are put in a basement, and raised by
> John Doe and fed brine shrimp. We may not be trying to select for a new
> strain but selection is at work even in our basement and it is on a
> different track than those in the wild.
Okay, you got me... The selection comes quickly too - I have a wild
import of a cichlid that has an established aquarium line, and the
behavioral differences are striking. The wild fish feed in a radically
different manner than the ones from the same location/identical
appearance ten years in the hobby. I'm sure we see the same sort of
thing with killies.
But, we aren't intentionally selecting fins that make them unable to
swim, or finnage that makes them unable to reproduce naturally. "Wild
killies just happen" might have been a better phrasing. Silence might
have been good too ;-)
You got me on the marmoratus too. I guess we can't diss fish for being
inbred when we keep killies...
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