Hey guys, so reading up on MrVampires thread about thaitybettas, I read some comments about inbreeding and am a little curious as to what inbreeding is all about. I know that a lot of research can be done on google but having people such as thaitybettas giving out incorrect information, the only way for sure is to ask experienced betta breeders. And I'm sure some members on this forum are interested in this as well.
I understand that mammals such as ourselves and some other classification groups suffer greatly when bred to siblings or related blood, thus producing deformed or mutated offspring. But from reading the comments, betta fish appears are not as affected and can be bred to their siblings or related blood 6 or so times before you should introduce new blood to prevent the offsprings from having defects.
Reading off what MrVampire said, inbreeding is used to strength traits and improve the quality of the betta, but must be done right. This is where I do not fully grasp the concept of inbreeding. What has to be taken into account to successfully breed the bettas to the siblings? What should be observed on the betta, physically or behaviorally, to perhaps indicate that he/she should not be bred to related blood? Is there a general rule of thumb that should be followed when inbreeding?
Thanks reading and hopefully you can contribute your knowledge to educate the less educated in this field. Thanks in advance. Sorry if this thread conflicts with others or a similar thread has been brought up.