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Posted 16 March 2005 - 07:31 AM

looking to share intest in finding new species of fish and at the same time maybe make some money to support my hobby

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Posted 16 March 2005 - 12:03 PM

"New" breeds of fish are found in the wild. If they aren't found in the wild then the "New" creation that you are suggestiong would be quite undesirable by the general public, including advanced hobbyists. I do not suggest that you try and create your own breed of fish and selling it, as the market is already flooded by hybrid fish and doesn't need any more purposely bred fish.
The only way I can see breeding fish to make them more desireable to the public is through selectively line breeding them. Basically what you do (BTW I don't approve of this either) is take fish that have the desirable trait that you prefer (lots of bright color, Longer fins, etc) and get them to breed. People have been doing this with the Aulonacara "German Red" for years which is why we have them now. The most ethical thing to do is keep the gene pool diverse. Eventally too much line breeding can cause deformed fish and other undesirable traits to occur. Usually inbreeding is also involved in the line breeding of fish.

You will probably make more money to support your hobby by breeding rare fish, not "new" fish. Hybrids are not desirable in the hobby at all. If you do decided to make some Hybrids, do not sell them or give them away. Keep them for yourself, and if you want to get rid of them, flush em. Keep the hobby clean, you will be screwing more people over then you realize by distributing them


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Posted 23 March 2005 - 02:34 PM

:o i agree with jeff, don't do any hybrid breeding its not worth it and too much is out their already. its best if you breed rare fish. right now i have 2 pair of doviis and a pair of their sister the tiger mota's. its better to breed rare fish if you can get a hold of them. they're worth more and worth ur time.

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 08:42 PM

I agree completely with Jeff.

You cannot create a new species. New species can only be discovered.

Hybrids are looked down upon, one could even say hated by nearly all experienced fishkeepers. Man made freaks of nature like the distorted Blood Parrot seem to carry some appeal with newbies but its rare to see an educated hobbiest have one.

I absolutely fail to see the need for creating man-made strains of fish that can potentially ruin the gene pool of recognized species (especially when said species could need to be bred on a fairly large scale for reintroduction into their natural habitats) when there are an overabundance of Cichlids out there. More species are discovered every year-we don't need to pollute the lines already in the trade.

The best way to make money is to secure yourself some F0 fish of a rare or unusual variety and sell their F1 offspring. Even Yellow Labs, one of the most common cichlids in the market, carry a high price tag if they are are F0 or F1. Or you could breed an unusual stain of fish like Electric Blue Dempseys which are not hybrids or even line bred but rather a genetic abnormality much like albinoism. Electic Blues are like $50 a fish and they are some of the most stunning freshwater fish out there.

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