Merth, I'm glad you are also giving your opinion. I really want from all sides.
You see, I really have a fascination for mutations and vars. As such, I have lots of side project shrimp. However the one question that has hounded me is the question is it really worth putting all the effort, frustration, money and resources into a same "color" of shrimp already developed?
"Would you say someone seeking to improve their cherry population to a higher standard is wasting time/money/energy when they could just replace their shrimp with new ones readily available on the market?"
I think there is a distinction to be made with developing a strain and culling to improve an already existing strain. In the example given, cherries already are a strain. Culling is just done to improve them.
In developing a strain, one is attempting to make a mutation breed true to begin with. If I personally were trying to reinvent the wheel, then it may not be the best project for me at this given time, however I have an open enough mind to re-evaluate my ideas with what is discussed here.
I'm thinking maybe the key to all of this is what some posts have implied. If I have a color that I think may be the genetically the same as an existing color, perhaps I should: existing color x new mutation
If the offspring don't come out the color as the parents, perhaps a new genetic loci for that color has been found.
If it does come out the same, then perhaps I should breed them into the original strain for better diversity?
See how one question leads to another which leads to another?
Last edited by Soothing Shrimp; 02-12-2013 at 02:03 AM.
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