Originally Posted by Deanna01
She's beautiful! From what someone else had posted, I thought that a female's anal fin needed to be even with her caudal, though, so I'd been trying to look for that in new females. I must have misunderstood. :-/
That is breeders type and preference. I want my fins all even and the anal the same length as the tail. I hate any slant at all in the anal as well. But that is my personal choice as balance it something I breed for above most other traits. I finished this year 5th over all and it was done on my females. I had only a few males and shows them at the last show or two. I have worked to develop nice females and as I actually get spawns with males.. they too are nicely balanced.
Other breeders prefer the look of slightly longer anals, mega branching or bigger dorsals. You do this a few years and you can recognize other breeders fish as you learn their "types". You can spot Karens fish at any show.. if you are familiar with her type. And I am sure she can recognize mine. Got to read the standards.. look at a lot of fish, and work what you have towards your goals. In my metallics I have the balance I want, next step is adding in DT to improved the dorsals. Will also be tweaking the color as we go as well.. so next you my girls should have a slightly different look, but still be recognizable as my fish.