Re: [RML] bogus diet

Christopher Philip Benes (beneschr at
Tue, 18 Feb 1997 03:04:44 -0500 (EST)

> Actually Chris some of Watleys discus have found themselves back into
> the wild range. Jack Watley himself brought the fish down to a South
> American fish farmer. This farmer raises the fish in ponds, but during
> the wet season these ponds regularly overflow into the local
> waterways. The fish farmer had already established the cardinal tetra
> into the local waters by his practices. Now he's introducing hybrid
> discus into waters with a wild population of discus. Just because you
> don't expect a cross to get loose into the wild today, doesn't mean
> they won't be getting loose 20 years from today.
> Cary Hostrawser
> Minnesota Aquarium Society
> Rainbowfish Study Group of North America
That certainly is a bad thing then, and I think this represents
irresponsibility on Wattley's part, and the farmer's part. Florida is already
messed up enough just from such mishaps involving exotic species, but if the
original wild populations of a fish are damaged then we'll never be able to go
back to them to undo damage done by irresponsible breeders. That is basically
what it all comes back to, people need to be responsible with whatever fish it
is that they breed or keep, be they hybrids or simply exotic species. I'm not
sure that there is any situation in which fish bred for the aquarium trade
should find their way back into the wild, be they hybrid or not. Only if the
fish were maintained in a well managed species maintenance program, and even
then I'm not sure how wise or effective that is...f


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Chris Benes
beneschr at

Rainbowfish Study Group
Michigan Cichlid Association