Hi guys, the trustworthy AC expert at the LFS tells me that all my fish are colorblind. I know about evolution and how color is used in the wild to enhance a species chance of survival(bugs use reds to ward off predators, birds use colors for attracting mates etc etc) So I was a bit confused as to why these fish are so amazing in color if they are colorblind.
Then I see this bit of info in "meeting" section of this website:
"Primarypredator says: The evidence normally used by anatomists suggests that all the fish in Lake Malawi are from the same original stock, since they all share a peculiar set of scales at the end of their lateral lines, that no fish anywhere else have. Now, DNA analysis is being used to better understand which species are more closely related than others. So far, there are not any of the normally clear differences you might find between horses and zebras for instance. Instead, some are suggesting that female fish select the male fish they breed with. In other words, instead of survival of the fittest, it's more like survival of the prettiest."
Survival of the prettiest? How can this be if they are colorblind? What would make sense is that my bud at the LFS was wrong. Other than that I don't get it. Can AC see colors? If they could crossbreeding wouldn't be such a problem is what I'm thinkin.