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Hybrids In The Hobby.

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    Jarcave
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    QUOTE (Matt @ Jul 28 2008, 04:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    David are these hybrid Synodontis produced via actual spawning events or the use of hormones? I ask as you used the word “viable” in reference to the fry.

    Also do you think that the vast majority of retailers/wholesalers either know or care that they are shifting hybrid fish? I have my doubts…

    Matt

    I have no doubts at all. They don’t care one bit what they sell, so long as they do sell. I saw a tank full of very large Syno’s at a local wholesalers 2 months ago. The tank was full of various adult specimens labelled up as “Assorted large Synodontis” and they were struggling to shift them at just £5.99 before bulk discounts!

    Everyone wants the pretty hybrids………….

    #307796

    David Marshall
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    Hey

    Matt – my guess would be 100% hormone stimulation but this is a question only the breeders can answer.

    Ethics apart the breeders claim that more viable fry survive from spawnings of two different Syno species than from spawning a ‘natural pair’. I don’t wish to push myself into hot water, or look as though I condone their activities, but if you remember the first batches of Featherfins which arrived into the U.K. many had twisted spines, deformed faces and a body shape far removed from those which were wild caught. I am no scholar of genetics but going on this perhaps a hybrid cross is somehow needed to mainatain a Syno. shape in h.s. produced fish? This is only my thoughts and based on no information received.

    Jarcave – thanks my friend. I don’t have to answer this part of Matt’s question as you have seen first-hand what goes on.

    Regards David

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    Jarcave
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    Hi David

    I’d really love to post how fish are “sold” to retailers. And about the motivational techniques employed to ensure high sales, but can’t as I’d probably have a libel case on my hands.

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    Matt
    Keymaster

    Jared, provided you don’t name names you have nothing to worry about.

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