dogofwar wrote:James, do you also immediately leave/not support stores that carry fancy goldfish...like the ones with bubble eyes, compressed bodies or missing fins?
Yes if I could.
But those are not hybrids are they? Just line breeding gone mad?
dogofwar wrote:Flowerhorns are PURPOSELY bred to have outrageous heads, aggression, etc. You might not like them, but why is it wrong for someone else to?
Maybe its my ignorance its just they look so malformed its hard to think of them living a healthy and long life.
dogofwar wrote:I agree that poor quality flowerhorns get sold as "pure" trimacs...either on purpose, on accident, or out of ignorance. Babies of all kinds of "pure" cichlids get passed off as something that they aren't. It happens every day with peacocks, haps, and lots of others.
Does that mean that it is wrong to produce or sell any fish that might possibly be mistaken for another fish?
Yep I think so but only to a slight extent. Fault is shared between the shop and the breeder. I do not think shops should be selling things which are labeled incorrectly but it is pretty much the norm and hard to do anything about.
You could blame the customers. No market for this stuff then they would stop selling em.
dogofwar wrote:I recently saw a thread of a guy catching jewel cichlids (Hemichromis) in South Florida...where they're obviously not native. Should we declare jewel cichlids a scourge because someone dumped some into the wild and the fish reproduced?
This is an interesting topic not really part of the thread but perhaps a reason for banning cichlid keeping in areas were they can survive and breed outdoors. Glad I live in the UK were the problem of released fish destroying the local habitats is not down to cichlids.
These are only my views (subject to change as I talk to folk)
(not trying to tell anyone else how they should think.)
I guess I need to get out more and talk to some hybrid breeders, find out their views too.