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Old 11-25-2008, 11:09 AM   #1 
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I was looking on this site of the International Betta Comittee and they said that to strengthen a "line" of Betta traits, you breed the siblings with the desired traits to the father or mother. Is this normal? Do you guys think that is cruel or do I just have a stigma against inbreeding?
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:26 AM   #2 
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A certain breeder, whose website I won't mention because no one likes her, inbreeds.I don't know anything about whether its right or wrong because I don't breed my fish and have never read up on it.
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:36 PM   #3 
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I don't really know about breeding fish, but inbreeding other animals (or humans) is not usually the best idea. Eventually you will end up with genetic defects and weaknesses. I wouldn't support it because I would much rather have a healthy betta than a "pure" one.

I have also witnesses firsthand what happens to guppies when left to inbreed. It's not good. I would say don't do it.
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:53 PM   #4 
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Inbreeding over time can be very detrimental, but so long as you're careful it's the best way to select for particular traits. As far as I know, most breeders only use this practice for a generation or two before bringing in fish from a different line.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:16 AM   #5 
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Inbreeding over time can be very detrimental, but so long as you're careful it's the best way to select for particular traits. As far as I know, most breeders only use this practice for a generation or two before bringing in fish from a different line.
That is a very good point. Thanks for your input.
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