Re: NANFA-- News: Malaysian man hangs himself over deaths of
Wed, 31 Dec 2003 11:37:12 +0000 (GMT)

> I have just recently become aware of this fish. It is possibly >a hybrid

They were in every aquarium store in Singapore when I was at Aquarama a couple of years back. The prices for young fish varied from S$20 to S$3000 and upwards(!), depending on the parentage.
They are mostly based around 'Trimacs' which have been crossed with other species of Mesoamerican Cichlid to produce the various 'desirable' characteristics.
The trouble is that many of them have been dumped in natural waters (such as are left in Singapore) as the interest has waned or as people have 'traded up'.
They appeared in stores here in the UK briefly, but they haven't been popular. What is more worrying is the number of young fish being sold as pure 'Trimacs', when I'm pretty sure that these are just the rejects from the Flower Horn breeders, and are of hybrid origin.
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