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Re: Crossbreeding -Reply
>>If two fish are of the same species, than they should be 100%
genetically compatible and breeding between the two should not be any
different than two color strains of any species.<<
We must remember that classifying and naming fish is simply a
systematic, scientific method to better assist us in understanding our
world around us. The fish don't give a damn!
First, it would be prudent for hobbyists and scientists to adhere to the
parameters set forth in the wild by mother nature. If we have two fish
from the same species with different population codes from two
separate locations, then it would be best to keep them separate. Hence
the "arcane" naming convention serves this purpose well.
Second, technology changes over time. What we may describe as being
identical species today based on DNA technology may not hold true in
the future. Look at how many fish have been reclassified over the past
few decades as a result of changing technology.
We are only outsiders peering into a glass fishbowl trying to understand
the mechanisms that make our wonderful world work. We have learned
so much, but at the same time so very little.
If you or anybody else wants to "play with Mother Nature," go ahead.
That's your prerogative. Personally, I'd rather follow the advise and
practices handed down over the past few decades from successful
killie keepers. Perhaps when I can command any species to spawn on
demand I'll feel different. But right now I'll play the game by the rules set
forth by nature.