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Old 05-25-2011, 09:54 PM   #11 
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I think you can go as far as 8 generations
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Old 05-26-2011, 12:07 AM   #12 
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Inbreeding is said to be safe for 6 generations (siblings). But I wouldn't go that far. I prefer to breed cousins, daughter to father, son to mother, then 2nd cousins and uncles etc. I would only breed siblings of the same batch if I had no choice and after F4, I introduce new genes/fish.

Inbreeding is done if you have certain recessive traits that you want to make dominant. Eg. HM single tail with long/large dorsals. But the side effect is that you tend to make defective genes dominant as well, specially if done for too many generations. It is highly advised that you don't inbreed too much - unless you are trying to make certain traits.

Aquabid usually offers "pairs" of siblings. You need to ask for a non sibling if you don't want to inbreed. But you can breed siblings for 4 generations and theoretically you should have offspring with the same traits (color/patern/form) as F0 (the original parents).
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:32 AM   #13 
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Thank you! That is very informative. I don't know if I'll be inbreeding (is it more polite to say linebreeding?) Anytime soon, but good info for later when I become a rich and famous betta breeder (hahahahaha j/k).

I think betta genetics are fascinating! <3
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:08 AM   #14 
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Who knows? You just might become a rich and famous betta breeder. lol
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:35 AM   #15 
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Haha :) Would be cool!! I just needa start the actual breeding now, teehee!
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:18 PM   #16 
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Breeding parents and children are SICK. :3
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:56 AM   #17 
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Not in the fish world.
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:02 AM   #18 
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Yeah, its really a human thing... I don't think its" sick" They don't know better like we do.
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:06 AM   #19 
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Indjo just said that inbreeding siblings was safe up to 6 generations.
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:14 AM   #20 
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Yup..even with people the defects don't start showing up till later down the line...they inbred royalty forever to keep the blood pure.... also if you believe in adam and eve...you have to assume some inbreeding went on in the beginning (meaning we're all inbred, teehee).

I'm not worried about it, other than the genetic defects that can and will arise from inbreeding. Fish don't have the same moral standards as people :) LOL
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