[RML] Seasonal boesemani

zathras at pop.icubed.com
Fri, 19 Jun 1998 23:57:05 +0000

Hi!

First time posting to the list. . . I'm a recent raibowfish owner,
and I'm greatly enjoying these fish I had never heard of previous to
last month.

My question to you folks is this: I recently acquaired a pair of
male boesemanis, and I was looking to obtain females as well, looking
towards the possibility of eventually breeding them(I have no
problems with space-I live two floors above a pet store, and they'll
take any fish I can't keep myself, but I digress). I asked the said
pet store to order a female for me, and their supplier said that they
couldn't get any females until the fall (here in the USA, spring in
Australia, I would imagine). This seeming seasonal availability
indicates to me that my fish are captured from the wild, and not bred
in captivity.

Does this seem to be the case to you? If so, what are the pros and
cons of taking in a wild boesemani? Is it more, or less, desireable
than a captive-raised fish, or is it a little of both? Can you
recommend other sources for a female boesemani?

Also, can boesemani hybridize with other raimbows? I might want to
put more than one type of rainbow in a tank, but I won't unless I am
sure they won't hybridize. If I breed them, I obviously don't want
mutts.

Thanks in advance!

-Doc