He wasn't able to save any of them. I got about 100 from him at the end of spring when he said they were shutting down the experiment and needed to get rid of the fish. I don't know how many other people in the area have sizable groups, but I feel really responsible now for keeping them going.BlueMist said:How tragic. Was there no way to at least save a few?
They breed so quickly, I'm mostly working at slowing them down . No one else around here seems very interested in them. It's hard for me to understand why people are getting lots of farm bred fish at the stores instead.BlueMist said:It was really great that you saved at least 100 of them. Ave you ever thought of breeding and then selling them?
Mycobacteria. Very bad stuff. Sigh.kevymd said:Oh no!! Did he say what they had? I'm so glad you got some when you did.
None left. All gone. I met a bio dept head once from another university who told me that he once had to have over 5000 mice put down because of a disease outbreak. What happened to the Endler's is devastating, however, because it's been universities who have been keeping them from going extinct.JoshM said:Wait so are there any left?
Sorry about what happened
Yes, descended from Felix Breden's collection of specimens. They were used to study evolutionary genetics both in breeding and also DNA sequencing.Cygnus said:That is sad. Were they all pure strains?
I don't know how many they had--the hundred I took may have been 1/3 of what was in that particular tank, but there were others in tanks for specific studies.corynoobluck said:This is a loss. How large a colony was the university maintaining before the end?
So, EndlerCollector, what do you think you'll do going forward, in light of this? I know you've been trying to separate the sexes to try to slow them down. You want to keep your own colony of type N Endlers healthy, for sure. Do you want to only keep them there? Work with a few people to start colonies elsewhere? You seem to want to keep the genetic line pure.