No you're right my part is equally subjective. Its just always occurred to me that since fish grow continuously throughout their lives, that there has to be some manipulation of this growth rate, due to either their genetics or their development, most likely both. I couldnt tell you if the key to that lies in WC vs. CB, it would definitely be interesting to have some definitive evidence though.Proven in millions of tanks around the world, with numerous species, is sometimes good enough for me.
Not with RTC's of course, so certainly that could play out differently - but ...... "Its entirely feasible that the fishes overall growth rate and metabolism could've been heavily, if not completely affected by its environment during the first 12" of it's life, laying a foundation for further growth that an aquarist might never be able to match." ...... could go either way with a WC fish, or captive bred, positive or negative - correct? Just looking at one thing, cortisol levels, could be high or low, for that first part of a wild or captive bred life, entirely depending on the conditions that it was growing in. So again, I think an exercise in futility.
Or am I missing something?
Maybe the people who keep this rtc know.