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Old 05-17-2013, 07:09 PM   #181 
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I thing that just because they're less than perfect doesn't mean a fry should be culled.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:29 PM   #182 
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the true definition of "Culling" is to simply remove them from the breeding population. With larger pets, this is done via surgical sterilization (spay/neuter), with fish, there are 2 options, sale into a pet home (aka adoption), or death.

Unfortunately, the first option requires more time and money than the second options, so a lot of breeders opt to euthanize incorrect or damaged fish.

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Old 05-21-2013, 10:48 PM   #183 
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Oh. Thank you for clarifying that, Skye! :)
I can see the point in euthanizing, if it meant that the animal or person would not have to suffer, but I guess my biggest thing is, I wonder what defines "incorrect". I'm not judging anyone, but the implications of it sound awful.

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Old 05-21-2013, 11:53 PM   #184 
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And that's where the grey area is. Some people view only pure breeds as correct, as they dont have any mutations that the fancier breeds are coveted for. Others feel so long as it lives a healthy life, does it matter what mutations it has?

It's really a question the individual decides themselves.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:57 PM   #185 
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I think there are certain x-factor traits that can severely affect the fish negatively. Like some that have deformities that affect their swimming. I can see why they would kill fish with strange defects if they weren't sure if it would lower their quality of life or not.

However I've seen some breeders that have kept an entire spawn of x-factor fish. They obviously weren't going to breed them but were also concerned that the fish wouldn't be adopted because of some strange x-factor scaling. They make wonderful pets as long as their defects don't affect their ability to manuver too much. :)
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:21 PM   #186 
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Oh. Thank you for clarifying that, Skye! :)
I can see the point in euthanizing, if it meant that the animal or person would not have to suffer, but I guess my biggest thing is, I wonder what defines "incorrect". I'm not judging anyone, but the implications of it sound awful.
"Incorrect" according to breed standards. There's a scorecard for show animals that the goal is to have your animal match as many of the defined characteristics as possible. There's also a list of disqualifying faults included with the points on the scorecard.

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Old 05-23-2013, 08:34 PM   #187 
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Oh!! I can't wait to see who wins! Good luck everyone! And there was some truly amazing stories out there!
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:08 AM   #188 
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So is the contest over now? When will the winners be announced? I don't know where everyone else is but I am super excited to find out who wins! Good luck to all!
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:11 AM   #189 
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Yup, closed now! And as soon as your super-cool and wonderful judges get together and pick the winners, we'll let you all know!! ^_^
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