I mean.. what if they are Kavala, and you are mixing strains? I'd just get rid of them, and obtain some fish that look right to you.slykat said:I have five that look like they only have half a mask and the bottom two pictures compare my one guy with Burundis and they definitely look similar but still a bit different. My fronts breed alot and so far only my good quality Burundis have been breeding and I plan on selling their fry. if those are genetic defects, selling their fry might be tough and make my good Burundis worthless. As you can see in the picture, that one has some mooning but he's really the only one of the five that does. Are the five bad for breeding? would they be considered acceptable by people if I bred the four without mooning?
It sounds to me like you're trying to talk yourself into allowing these fishes to join your breeding colony, and if you have quality Burundi's already, why would you do that? Personally, if I had any questions about them, even early on, that would be a deal-breaker. Too many compromises along the way are what lead to inferior fishes after generations of breeding in captivity. Pick the very best stock for propagation; you'll be doing everyone a favor. :thumb:slykat said:The mooning has gotten better since I got them so they might out grow it. Would they be easier to identify when they are full grown? Because I can keep them until they're breeding size and decide what to do with them then depending on what they are. I will separate them when they are older and able to breed to avoid mixing strains if they aren't quality Burundis so I can keep breeding the Burundis I already have. if I never know what they are I probably won't ever be able to sell them because I will have to assume they're bad Burundis. If they are identifiable at 5 or 6 inches, it will be really helpful to know. Thank you for the answers so far