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Old 01-13-2013, 01:55 PM   #1
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Horomones or dye

I have noticed one of my lfs is doing something to their fish when you get them home they lose their color in two weeks and are unable to reproduce. Is it possible this place is juicing their fish?
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its happened to two fish from the same store none from other stores have lost color.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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now I am out $50 dollars.
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It's generally not the LFS store using hormones but the breeder who supply's the store, fully colored fish demand a much higher price tag so where there is a demand someone will find a fraudulent way to supply. The peacock in your other thread is perfect example of a hormone dosed fish. I would make the store aware of the issue giving them the benefit of the doubt, but if they're aware of the practice I'd be taking my business elsewhere.

Just because they are hormones based fish doesn't mean they will necessarily be sterile either, while there is a chance it's a not given in my experience.
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which peacock in what thread? I already traded the false german red to a fish store because it was brown in two weeks. I was devistated it was supposed to be my center peice. I only buy from one place now that I trust.
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which peacock in what thread?.
look what I picked up for $5 lol
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no that fish was discount I got from a reputable local breeder as a gift. the other one was juiced. the one a few moths ago i could not identify. I have good news I might have picked up a breeding contract for a major store(cant mention names). all because I am helping them solve this project. If I get this contract I will need to expand to a barn. I will need lots of advice possibly. I told them I would buy breeder fish if they supply a contract.
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Hormone use in ornamental fish by unscrupulous breeders (more typically in foriegn imports)is unfortunately becoming a more and more common practice. It results in fish that grow out quickly and can be sold for profit in a shorter timeframe. Which equates to larger profit that keeps this practice sustained. In goldfish, hormone use does result in largely sterile population of fish or hermaphrodites.
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