If yours have 8 or 9 bars, I would consider asking the seller exactly what they are, because they're not L. sp. "perlmutt".CichlidWhisperer said:I am not sure the number of bars rules out a perlmutt... Mine has either 8 or 9
Interesting suggestion, but not one I can reconcile with my views. The species description is usually born out of a wide sample taken with careful measurements to figure out a range of tolerances for size, etc. Color is variable though still fits within a range of ok.CichlidWhisperer said:Hmmm.. Ideal is something man made up, not the wild.. The wild sustains abnormalities and welcomes them..
This feels backwards... I understood that diversity was always as a result of natural resources and the drive to hog more of them... i.e. carve out a niche and optimize for it.CichlidWhisperer said:Nature values diversity to fill different ecological niches. That is the whole concept of evolution.
I think sometimes we harp on pure/ impure a little too much... I could care less about purity... to me, abnormal is abnormal and I don't care how it got that way... hybridization just seems to be a very quick way to get to abnormal. There are slower ways that seem just as sad.CichlidWhisperer said:I actually do think it is pure perlmutt, but you can have your differing opinion.