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Old 12/29/2017, 04:15 PM   #3
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Not likely since we cannot really breed most fish and coral. With wild populations gone, remaining individuals in captivity would not have enough genetic diversity (especially corals that are frags from a single mother colony anyways). This is called minimum viable population, it ranges for different organisms but it is still in the order of thousands.

If that happens, we will continue to have alive specimens in captivity, but those spices would most likely be extinct in wild.

Corals can be kept this way for a very long time. But such a fish will be extinct in captivity as well in 10-20 years.

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