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RE: help needed

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-apisto@admin.listbox.com [mailto:owner-apisto@admin.listbox.com]On Behalf Of JerrCarol@aol.com
Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2002 9:10 AM
To: apisto@listbox.com
Subject: Re: help needed

In a message dated 5/9/2002 5:34:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time, barbara@newland565.fsworld.co.uk writes:

dither fish

Hi Barbara,
first I'm not an expert. From what I understand a dither is used by some breeders to keep the male doing what it would normally do in the wild. Protecting the fry and female from other fish. This way the male himself does not become a threat to the Mother or fry. I guess who could work both ways but, I've so far never used dithers. I usually just remove one who is not taking care of fry. 
This, the above, is an example of a target fish.  The male will "target" another fish thereby leaving the the fem and the fry alone.

  As far as breeding it always seems easier to get say 6 juveniles and have them pair off naturally then to just buy a pair and hope they like each other.
I haven't heard as of yet that inbreeding was a problem with apistos as of yet but, if it is someone will say something. I know when dealing with fish like angels. They say to try and breed back one of the offspring to the father to strengthen their lines. So I suppose its not the same as in other animals.
Father to daughter to strengthen line(s) is called "line breeding."  It's not the same as inbreeding, which is repetitive and would be using the same genetic material over and over again.  For example, father to daughter to strengthen line(s), then a resulting daughter back to father/grandfather, and taking a female from that breeding back to father/great-grandfather, etc.
Both dither/target and line breeding/inbreeding can get so confusing sometimes.  Hope this helps!  :D