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Inbreeding INBREEDING OK OR NOT?

Posted 18 January 2014 - 07:29 PM (#1) User is offline   D_man 

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So I was wondering if it was okay to inbreed red bellied piranhas? I'm planning to breed mine in the future but i was thinking about the issue on inbreeding? Since i got them in a small shoal of 6, 3inches in length, im pretty sure they're all siblings from the same spawn. What you guys think?

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 08:29 PM (#2) User is offline   Umadbro 

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Why not increase the gene pool by adding in a few more from another source if your tank space allows it. Or if your purpose was to breed them, why not sell 3 and purchase 3 more from some where else?

Posted 19 January 2014 - 12:02 AM (#3) User is offline   D_man 

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I was planning on doing that, its just so difficult for me to find ones the same size and shipping is absolutely impossible. i still want to know if inbreeding is possible? and will it affect the offspring greatly?

Posted 19 January 2014 - 01:30 AM (#4) User is offline   Ægir 

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Only bad after many generations when defects or mutations would become exaggerated. If you are trying to achieve specific traits in a fish like fin size, color (albino, rare morphs), etc.... inbreeding is almost inevitable.

Lots of fish variations are actually results of extreme inbreeding
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Most reds in the hobby are like rednecks.... they come from a long line of inbred.
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Posted 19 January 2014 - 07:55 AM (#6) User is offline   D_man 

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Thanks ffor the input guys.

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