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Re: F. gardeni Lafia
>On an intresting side note I found some pink eggs in the mop
>right before he died. Any clues what caused this?
Odds are that they will go bad. On the other hand, just for fun save them in
a dark location. They may be albino. The first time I water incubated some
eggs of the albino aquarium strain of gardneri I almost threw out the eggs.
One winked at me and I realized (duh!) that they were fertile, just without
the usual dark pigment.
J.J. Scheel recalled (in his Rivulins of the Old World) that an Austrian
named Hjerresen had a lyretail sport with a light colored head. That female,
when spawned with a sibling, produced fry, 7 % of which were "white". In
four generations he had them breeding true as the golden (or orange)
lyretail. A few years ago, Mike Rodriguez had some gunmetal gold lyretails
from the orange strain. They were lost when he left the hobby.
I have kept odd colored eggs a couple of times just to ssee if they might be
something unusual. None have survived, but one never knows.
Some killie hobbyists feel that it is very wrong to cultivate sports. I
certain appreciate their convictions. And there are sports - the blushing or
blue N. guentheri which I would agree is a pretty ugly guentheri.
However, in another sense, the fishes we remove from the wild very soon are
a strain unto themselves and never likely to be returned to nature. One of
the facinations of the hobby is to see what course the raising of the
creatures will take one on.