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Then there's also an issue of geography - while species may be able to reproduce and bear the offspring to term, the species may live in two completely different areas that make the cross extremely unlikely in the wild. And while we can introduce these species to each other in captivity, we face an ethical dilemma... Is it right to hybridize and "muddy the gene pool" when the specimens we have in captivity could someday be the only ones left or the hybrid fish could somehow escape/be reintroduced into the wild? For a non-aquatics example, humans once bred cattle and bison together and now there are only two herds of pure bison left in the USA (not sure about herds in the rest of North America).

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Aka the "liger".
Yup... Same principle. And there are times where hybridization can cause health problems for the mother and/or the fry - a male platy or mollie that mates with a female guppy could produce young that are too large for the guppy to give birth to - while I don't know exactly what would happen to the mother, I can't imagine that it would be very good.

And please note - I'm not trying to discourage hybrids (although I am somewhat morally against them, personally). It's just good to point out the issues that can arise and allow others to make their own decisions.

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I wonder if you could artificially inseminate an egg of one species with the sperm of another, then you wouldn't have to worry about the different courtship and mating rituals

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You could if the genetics are compatable.
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True true, there have been examples of animals hybridizing outside of genus so I wonder if we could at least do a B. macrostoma x B. splendens hybrid artificially since both are the same genus.

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That would have to be done in a lab but would certainly be interesting.
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I wonder what theyd look like and if the males would try to make bubble nests or not. I wish we had a bunch mad scientists cackling away in their labs trying to find out. I'd probably buy a macrosplendens or 2

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I wonder what theyd look like and if the males would try to make bubble nests or not. I wish we had a bunch mad scientists cackling away in their labs trying to find out. I'd probably buy a macrosplendens or 2
unfortunately if someone figured out how to make a viably reproducing macrosplendens they'd probably be eaten up by the fighter circuits...they extra wide mouth and splendens aggression would be too temping for unsavory breeders to resist.

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I not too long ago, lost a very large hybrid cichlid. A Jaguar/Dovii mix. "Jag" was 14inches, going on 15 when I lost him. Very aggressive, bit me anytime I put my hand in the tank. Would not leave the filter tubes on the filters. He would take them off and move them around the tank like toys. He was my first real "monster fish" and I still miss him and his attitudes very much.
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