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Re: [Killietalk] Australe HJ43 vs Gold - Happy 60th birthday!
Scott, just respectfully replying & conversating here...things come across
really sterile over plain text, so add a lil "warmth" to this...
"My concern is that when people are possibly creating collection codes or
using old names to impress the new killifish hobbyist, the truth is not in
them. I would be very careful around those individuals. I would have a death
grip on my wallet, for fear of getting my pocket picked and put as much
distance between them and myself as possible. ;)"
Here is a true & sorted scenario:
Say you just purchased a wild import of annulatus from a respectable
importer like Toyin...say these same imports have a noticeable coloring,
vigor and robustness that is markedly different from the current aquarium
strain...so do you:
A) Follow you doctrine above and leave the labeling to some anointed "killie
collection master pHD types" or
B) make sure the next hobbyist you pass them off to know these are a
(you'll find in the KT archives where I asked the community about this exact
scenario, thus per community recommendation; annulatus "CI07" was born)
Thing is here, I get the logic of not going stupid labeling every stain of
killies for promotional purposes, but on the opposite end, lumping all into
"aquarium strain" has some inherent genetic time bombs with it also...
"If you have eggs of the golden australe, I wouldn't fool around trying to
buy this HJ strain. Your don't want to be tarred with that person's bogus
I dunno, all we can do is label em as we get em...matter of fact, I
questioned the HJ43 thing earlier (it's in the KT archives, ain't hard to
find)...anyway, as the story goes, someone on the east coast apparently went
through hell & high water to make sure that exact & particular strain became
available & widespread in the hobby...not sure dismissing & labeling the
strain as "bogus" gives the strain or story behind and accuracy or justice
(basically there was a reason for segregating that strain of orange from
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