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AW: mixing fry
Here in Germany, we dont have killies as wild animals. Once I asked the
leader of a nature association who had created a new pond. if they had put
in some fish. He said that was not needed because it only takes very little
time until there are fish in the pond. He said that ducks and other birds
fly around from one pond to the other and carry with them in their feathers
eggs of various fish.
That is just one more way locations naturally mix in the wild. No storm is
needed even for killies living in ponds like many SAAs.
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> Von: owner-killietalk at AKA_Org [mailto:owner-killietalk at AKA_Org]Im
> Auftrag von Brown_D at pcfnotes1_wustl.edu
> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 31. Juli 2002 18:56
> An: KillieTalk at AKA_Org
> Betreff: Re: mixing fry
> Just to take the other side for a minute: if they truly are the same
> species, you likely won't be able to tell them apart, as many folks have
> said; however, you may get some degree of hybrid vigor to counteract the
> inbreeding depression you can otherwise see in long isolated populations.
> Yes, you lose the strain identity, and yes, it's a good idea to keep the
> pure strains also, to conserve for the possibility of reintroduction to
> native habitats in the future (under carefully controlled and officially
> approved conditions only!), but for general aquarium petkeeping, the mixed
> ancestry fish are likely to be a little hardier than the "pure"
> populations. After all, the fish in the original locality naturally mix a
> little at the margins of their range with neighboring populations, if not
> by swimming upstream and down, then when there's a large storm or flood or
> other event that allows some normally isolated groups to mix.
> Diane Brown
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