jibran_shariff wrote:Betta splendens normally sold have such a muddled lineage that you cannot be sure what they belong to
At the end of the day any fish keeper would keep what he likes and what he can keep, hybrid or a wild type its a matter of choice
I personally think hybrids are great fish, they at least save the wilds from being poached from their habitats
I think partiality for hybrids like Flower Horns and for keeping wild fish like the Celestial Danio (That was quickly endangered in its habitat, barely after it appeared in the hobby and became popular, and may still be in danger, despite being easy to breed) are two extremes. The best is a balance between the two. This balance cannot be decided easily, it is different almost for each species. So each aquarist must read widely on the internet, and take a call, personally.
So it is not right for some people to get up and say 'I am for hybrids, let us hybridize everything!' and for the other person to say, ''Hyrbidization is evil, down with this devilishness!'... Many types of foods we eat are the result of hybridization, including cereals and sugar cane. This happened centuries ago. On the other hand, hybridization for the sake of novelty or inspiring wonder (the Parrot Cichlid is an example) not only prevents people from developing a taste for real fish, but also creates a competition where the odder and more weird the fish, the more it is sought after. And this is irrespective of the suffering caused to the fish itself which can be enormous, fish that cannot eat easily because the mouth is misshapen, or cannot digest their food because the stomachs are too contorted, not leaving enough space for their intestines... or so aggressive...
I think this Betta macrostoma is very striking, especially when it develops the brilliant white seam on its lower fins