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  1. #11

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    Exactly. I have seen pictures of some 'high end' goldfish. The pearlscales seem to be the worst. Some are so bad their gills can barely open up enough to let water through because the body is so swollen. Yet people are honored to spend $250 on one. I pick out ones that are round-bodied, but have no problems with it. Mine have no problems swimming, buoyancy control, digestive flow, and are hardy (for fancies).
    Aquarist since 1995
    Biologist and Published Author in Multiple Aquarium Magazines
    Owner: Aquarium Maintenance Company
    Advanced Aquarium Concepts: Articles about many aspects of aquarium care.

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    I do not understand. Are balloon mollies unnatural manufactured fish or is the balloon an illness?

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    The balloon is not natural. I believe it is the result of selective breeding.
    Considering a Marine Aquarium? A Breakdown of the Components, Live Rock, Cycling a Marine Tank

    "The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The WILLINGNESS to learn is a choice." - Unknown

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    Yes, balloon mollies are the result of selective breeding, like all of the other balloon-bodied fish I have seen except parrots. Selective breeding is what was done to produce all of the different breeds of dogs. Although since I have not seen any intermediate balloons (partially ballooned) it seems it may be a single recessive trait that popped up all at once, like albinism.
    Aquarist since 1995
    Biologist and Published Author in Multiple Aquarium Magazines
    Owner: Aquarium Maintenance Company
    Advanced Aquarium Concepts: Articles about many aspects of aquarium care.

  5. #15

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    Is it really any more UNnatural for fish of different species to interbreed in a tank situation, as it is for them to be in a tank situation in the first place? First we lock them up, then we say they can't even pretend to act natural, and do what comes natural to all species of living creature I know of?

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    Another good point. Another reason not to freak out if someone doesn't have a 'natural' diet, 'natural' setup, etc.
    Aquarist since 1995
    Biologist and Published Author in Multiple Aquarium Magazines
    Owner: Aquarium Maintenance Company
    Advanced Aquarium Concepts: Articles about many aspects of aquarium care.

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    I have to respectfully disagree at this point. I do not believe that simply because our fish are in the unnatural environment of an aquarium it relieves us of attempting to create a more natural environment in that aquarium. Our goal should be to put as little stress on the fish in that tank as possible, emulating their natural environment as much as possible will do that. I don't think this is necessarily an argument against keeping fish at all since often times we are able to provide an even better environment in our tanks then the fish would have in the wild. In our tanks we control water quality and it can always be at it's best. We can ensure that a full, well rounded diet is available, and we remove the threat of predation for these fish.

    Just my point of view on that issue.
    Considering a Marine Aquarium? A Breakdown of the Components, Live Rock, Cycling a Marine Tank

    "The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The WILLINGNESS to learn is a choice." - Unknown

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    I do not mean that people shouldn't try to simulate the natural environment, it is the best place to start when determining ideal care. I just don't think it is the only way to go, so something unnatural isn't necessarily worse than the more 'natural' way.
    Aquarist since 1995
    Biologist and Published Author in Multiple Aquarium Magazines
    Owner: Aquarium Maintenance Company
    Advanced Aquarium Concepts: Articles about many aspects of aquarium care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishguy2727
    I just don't think it is the only way to go, so something unnatural isn't necessarily worse than the more 'natural' way.
    Oh, I completely agree with you. Sorry if it sounded as though I didn't. I don't have a problem with "unnatural" things as well, after all, I feed NLS. LOL
    Considering a Marine Aquarium? A Breakdown of the Components, Live Rock, Cycling a Marine Tank

    "The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The WILLINGNESS to learn is a choice." - Unknown

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    I think this is getting back to my article 'nature is not necessarily ideal'.
    Aquarist since 1995
    Biologist and Published Author in Multiple Aquarium Magazines
    Owner: Aquarium Maintenance Company
    Advanced Aquarium Concepts: Articles about many aspects of aquarium care.

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