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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 01-17-2017, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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Fairy dragons/ fairy Betta project f1

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Here comes my first attempt at my project. EE dragons! or as I would like to call them fairy dragons ^^
They will eventually be full dragon hmpk with beautiful Dumbo ears. I'm starting with red and want to work into other colors- next will likely be yellow or orange.

Mortimer- my beautiful EE male. This stunning little guy started pink like most of your red salamander EE but over his year long life he's turned a beautiful red with white bands on his fins.
Pros- Beautiful body form, lovely dorsal and huge ears, lovely asymmetrical plakat anal fin. Very quirky and cute personality
Cons- a few jagged places in his cadual, stubborn spawner* small size for a male ( likely from EE being fairly new)

Rita- approximately 9 months old, she's the first dragon female I purchased, she's a full mask, cherry red dragon hmpk with beautiful symmetrical fins and a full hm spread.
Pros- Beautiful body form, full hmpk spread, no scale problems, smooth fin edge's. Personable and friendly

Cons- has the beginning of diamond eye (never using her for a full dragon spawn), jumpy with aggressive males but willing to spawn

The only reason I'm using Rita is because I'm not spawning her with a male dragon, by outcrossing I should mostly eliminate the diamond eye. Im using her smooth hm fins to help with Mortimer's jagged cadual and her symmetry to balance out the fry

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Right now they are attempting to embrace- i think his ears are getting in the way a little ^^ she's been willing since I introduced them Saturday evening but mort kept switching from courting to chasing then ignoring her. I conditioned them on mini mealworms and fly larvae ( and a few scuds) Rita became eggy very quickly on the fatty diet ^^
Flareing Rita was easy, she flared up at anyone willing to flare back, but Mort... He ignores anything outside of his tank except me with food XD so i had to make an exercise mirror to even get him to flare

Mortimer is handling the extra strain beautifully and has even blown his first real (and impressive) nest. He rests often because of the huge ears but I'm not worried, the water is shallow end ill be adding plants for him once they finish spawning.
I have a free 25 gallon tank to move the front to at about 3 weeks, I have vinager eels, Microworms, banana worms, walter worms and brine shrimp ready ^^ along with seeded sponge filters and meds to treat anything that might pop up. I also have newborn guppies! They can teach my Betta fry to eat non-living food ^^

Sorry I don't have pictures yet x.x I should have gotten them before they spawned but I'll get them as soon as i can i promise! The babies will be in a tote for the first few weeks so I'll try to get photos but no promises x.x

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1 adorable little frog, 5 cats, 3 dogs and a wonderful toddler aged daughter

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This is going to sound mean but I might actually have to trim Mortimer's ears 😫 they are so large they reach his anal fin and are a real hindrance for them, they have been trying so hard to wrap but she can't get a grip on him. I'm making sure they are ok but I'm getting worried about them getting exhausted

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I'm waiting on them :) although I might have to separate them for a day or two to get them going. I didn't get pictures before I introduced them I wish I had

5 giant goldfish, 23 bettas, a dozen guppies, 20 bronze/albino corys and a random assortment of a few other community fish/ invertebrates.
1 adorable little frog, 5 cats, 3 dogs and a wonderful toddler aged daughter

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why are you calling them Fairies? I'm looking forward to pictures. Good luck with the fin trim!
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Find trim went well, although he was mad at me for a couple of hours x.x he's back to his normal self ^^

Fairy dragons are mythically the smallest dragons, with insect type wings, and at most a foot long wing span. Looking at Mortimer's ears before the trim it REALLY fits ^^ small body big wings

Three of Rita now, one of Mortimer in his bowl a couple of months ago
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They're soo pretty! I cant wait!


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Interesting project. Looking forward to seeing the development of this line!

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IMO I think it'd be really cool if they were a green (any shade of green) just to match the mystical dragon feeling I get from this prodject


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