in my neverending quest for challenges, experiences, and beauty, i have decided to enter the breeding arena.
first and foremost, despite my best efforts at google, i cant find a book that goes into the geekishly minute details i desire about betta genetics. if someone might have a few titles to suggest, id appreciate it. the ones i find appear to be generic how to care books.
remember the challenges i was talking about? well i decided to raise good looking fish pulled from pet stores. ill probably buy a much more expensive pair at some point, but not now.
and despite alot of the opinion on the net, theres are alot of good looking fish with what appears to be good genetics in pet shops. i know what you see isnt what you get, but at least around here many of the bettas are privately bred regionally.
anyhow, some background: i have found 3 male fish (dragonscale halfmoon crowntail possibly cambodian, a cream cambodian with blood red on fins, and a fairly classic looking pink bodied/reddish head with blood red fin half moon cambodian) that ive read are recessive to wild types. additionally, im not sure if i have female plakats or what, but they were identified as being the females to the males in the cup which didnt include any plakat males. other than that mystery, they are what is described everywhere as wild types.
i have spawned a wt with a blue veil recently, but none survived due to rookie error i think. many hatched but died or were eaten.
so my actual question is if i let these fish hook up, what are the likelyhood of them looking anything like the father? i gather HM wouldnt transfer at all. how about the cream cambo? id like to produce some different looking fish to sell to the pet stores for varietys sake, and possibly finance a better quality female.
thanks in advance