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  1. #291

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    Just to clarify, there are two forms of obtaining unnatural colors in fish. The first is by injection which was discussed well. The second is a genetically engineered fish. The genome of a jelly fish is put into the DNA of a "normal" fish to make it glow. These are dubbed "glofish". I'm sure most people on the forum already know this, so I am writing this for raw beginners such as myself.

    Believe it or not, when I bought the tank, I was going to put glofish in it. After reading about it, and thinking about it, I decided that was not the type of thing I want to support by buying some. Even if some of these fish will pass the trait to their young. It doesn't seem much different than making cows that give more milk that is natural, or coming up with new breeds of dogs. Either way, it seems very wrong to me. Look at the dogs we have changed through breeding. Dogs who cannot give birth naturally because the heads of their young are too large, or the dogs with their nose so pushed in that they have trouble breathing. Often times, mutts are much hardier than purebreds. It makes me wonder what the lifespan of the glofish will be or the problems they will wind up with.

    As they are very colorful and "glow" under certain lights, this makes them a magnet for children. Discomfort or pain is not the only way an animal can be abused. I do know one thing. Glofish are never going to be in my aquarium. The energy we put into making fish that Glow would be better applied to keep the species we have from going extinct.

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    That's very sad. What a horrible practice. Are jellybean cichlids dyed? I was thinking about maybe getting some later but now I am reconsidering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichBowyer View Post
    Please clarify as many of these things are new to me. Your saying albino corys get dyed and not that they are dyed albino. Is that right? My plain white, red-eyed albino corys are undyed?
    Yes, they are albino without dyes, just selective breeding. Albinos are usually chosen over colored fishes because the dyes will show up better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBJ View Post
    That's very sad. What a horrible practice. Are jellybean cichlids dyed? I was thinking about maybe getting some later but now I am reconsidering.
    Yes they are dyed. I definitely recommend against them. Generally, it's not hard to tell whether a fish has artifical colors, those that have those very "fluorescent" looking bright single colors are often died.

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    I saw some yellow phantom tetras yesterday at another fish shop i visited. They looked stunning and was very tempted to purchase, but i didnt. I even went as far as telling the owner to stop buying these falsely coloured fish as its bad for the hobby.

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    That's just terrible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slinky View Post
    Here's the skinny - this is absolutely correct. There is no dye inserted into glofish. There was supposedly some process to make the fish less fertile but some of them can and do reproduce. I'm not sure why this was done, perhaps so that more of these fish could be sold and profits made.

    Now let's get something straight - unfortunately buying these fish doesn't help the waterways. It helps the company that bought the patent for splicing the gene that created these fish, which is Yorktown Technologies. Off of their site it says "Fluorescent zebra fish have already existed for several years and were originally developed to help fight pollution. By marketing these existing fish, we will allow people to have their own fluorescent fish while promoting the beneficial scientific goals behind their development. In fact, a portion of the proceeds from sales will go directly to the lab where these fish were created in order to further their research—research we hope will help to protect the environment and save lives." So just like many other scam charities, this slick bit of marketing implies that if only 0.025% of each sale goes to "the foundation" (run by someone), then it still qualifies as "truthful" advertising. I'm not done.

    Almost as sickening as the thought of tattooing fish is the fact that if you bought your glofish, the did their little thing in your tank and reproduced, and you sold those fish to your friend for $10... you could be sued for patent infringement. No, I am absolutely not kidding. If there was actually a significant connection to helping pay for the cost of research that helps save lives, perhaps I might feel less nauseated.

    I have a few pink ones only because the store gave them to me for free. They are pretty and do draw the attention of kids. The green ones are sort of neat although not as vibrant. The starfire yellow are very nice too, stand out, just a little less in your face than the pink ones. Breeding them together as I've seen in the LFS when they were mixed in the tank.... ouch. Ugly. The green and pink together look like a bland mixture of the two colors and that ain't pretty.

    Just sharing my experience with glo-fish and what it appears are the facts about them.
    We have had GloFish tetras for 4 years and they are wonderful! I love taking care of them and our giant danios with other colonies. They are very hearty when you really take care of them and they get along with any other fish we put in the tank. The GloFish shark is a very good specimen to look at in our tank being he is at least 6 inches long. No matter what fish they are. I love any and all. Just fun to have a tank in general to look at and appreciate. Its cool to read what other fish people are interested in. Makes me think about what to get next.

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