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Old 04-02-2013, 06:57 AM   #11 
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Thanks for the help. I will be looking around to see what catches my eye. For some reason despite the fishkeeping hobby and market being well supported here in the UK and the choice for fish like Discus or Koi is staggering and far beyond a lot of countries outside Asia, for some reason the Betta hobby is not that well established here so finding good fish might be a problem.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:04 AM   #12 
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While you are deciding on what type you want to work with, I would go to aquabid.com and see if anything really catches your eye. Then you might get a goal in mind. The ct you pictured has a bad top line and really messy web reduction, so I wouldn't recommend breeding him. Perfectly fine pet though.
When you say bad/messy web reduction what do you mean exactly so I know what I am looking for?
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Finally managed to get some pics of the other male. He is very laid back and placid so getting him to show off a bit and get some decent pics was tough.

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Good: Fins are symmetrical and line up plus good top line
Bad: extensive branching and split ventrals

But if its the best you can get I would say breed it. F1 will have many culls and flaws so watch for deformities. The chose the best to breed for f2 to improve quality.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:39 AM   #15 
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Thanks for the feedback. Only had him a few days and he's only approx 1.6 inches body length so I am hoping he will look better in time. One thing I was worried about is 1 or 2 caudal rays seem slightly bent and a lot of the time he either can't be bothered or he struggles to hold the top of his tail up. I have read on a couple of sites that this can be environmental, poor overcrowded rearing, water quality, etc. Is that correct? So these bent rays or "lazy" tail won't be inherited by offspring?
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Nope that should be from genes, you are correct usually it is from the care not its parents
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If it's not from genes but from care, is there something I should be careful of when raising fry and young Betta to prevent bent rays or collapsed fins? Is it simply water quality?
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No it's more from being in small spaces where the fins can't grow properly.
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