Join Date: May 2012
Location: Texas.. where else IS there.. lol
Not a bad fish and workable. In the shows we don't often see good bicolors so a little work and you could have a good line. first thing to catch my eye is that anal being too long. But.. it is level so you are a good way there. It has nice shape and with some selective breeding you have that worked out.
The dorsal has the short first ray that is typical. Work on getting that longer in the generations to come. Dorsal has nice shape but it needs to be fuller and more branched. Look for females or offspring that have branching in their dorsal rays and go forward with those.
Tail has good solid 180 spread and branched well. The first rays appear to be fairly long so his edges are not bad. Don't compromise on the females there or you will lose it. With the flip in the tail not sure about the length.. but if the anal was shorter t he fish would have better balance.
Color is very good.. but needs cleaned up a bit. That blue bleeding into the tail needs to go as does that blueish band in the tail and the white in the anal. Top line is pretty good and he is in good condition. There are some slight bumps in that top line but that could be condition or nutrition. He could use a little more weight before breeding. Definitely watch the young for good top lines.
And for a show fish those ventrals curling could cost him depending on the competition. But for breeding just watch water quality and fry should be fine. I suspect he got into some high kh/ph as the dorsal is a tad curled too. And if you look real close at the lower tail branching.. right where that first split comes.. you can see some bending. Again I suspect some water quality issues. Need good calcium levels to have strong fins. Betta finnage very sensitive to water parameters. And they are like the rings of a tree giving witness to periods of good and bad water.
For a breeder he is nice and worth working with..
Not a perfect fish.. but not a bad one to work with. Much more what we want to see in this section. Good luck with him!!
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