So I wanted to bring up a issue that I see, and I don't mean to offend anyone, and I don't want this to turn into a debate. I was speaking with a well respected fish keeper of more then 20 years, and over 100 cichlid tanks. This individual is close friends with the Ad Konings one of the most respected cichlid keepers ever, as well as they go to africa to lake malawI every year. ( ). This is a issue I am seeing more and more of is cichlid hybrids. As a responsible fish keeper it is our job to keep pure strains of fish going for future generations. Some cichlids are next to extinct, and others are getting a lot harder to get from other countrys. When we decide to to setup a cichlid tank that is mixed with yellow labs, acei, kenyi, demanosi, what have you, this should be kept as a display tank. Alot of us see our fish holding in a community tank, and think I'm going to raise these, and sell the fry, but this is wrong let me explain. If your going to raise and sell fry, it is our responsibility to keep species only tanks. Here is why! All mouth brooders have the potential to interbreed. So for an example were going to use yellow labs and aceI mixed in a tank. You have a female yellow lab laying eggs, and a dominant male aceI comes along and fertilizes them, and the female yellow lab comes along and picks them up, we now have a hybrid. This is not always easy to see and sometimes does not show up until 2 or 3 generations down the road. The other issue is sperm migrations. Alot of us are using powerheads, and extra filters to keep detrius off the bottom of our tanks. This poses a problem when you have more then one species breeding at the same time. Due to water ciruculation, sperm can migrate when realeased, and once again we have created unpure genes. So some of you may take this with a grain of salt, and others will not. But as a fishkeeper we need to keep in the mind the responsible and consiensous decisons we make, to keep hybrids out, and keep the fish lines pure. Look at all the mixed african cichlid tanks out there at lfs, you have no clue what your buying. This is a subject that has bothered me for a long time, after I spent months and months researching cichlids, and speaking to well known and respected members in the hobby. Once again many of you have been rasing and selling fry, I'm not here to put you down I just wanted to point out my opionon on the matter.