Originally Posted by logisticsguy
I have lots of variety in the color because I have intentionally thrown, blue , red , green, yellow and purple betta in a genetic blender along with as many recessive traits as possible. When I first started out my lfs that was buying said they couldn't sell 100 red fish. They wanted variety so instead of many spawns of several different colors which would be impossible I went this way as a bit of an experiment. It produces some really goods ones and some meh fish this way. One breeder referred to my fish as mutts lol but whatever. One mans mutt is anothers hybrid.
Glad you like the pineapple girls Hallyx. I'm jarring up a bunch of males from that tank today they are starting to get nippy. I have pretty good female giant stock now but could use another big boy from Thailand soon as an outcross. Importing giants has become so expensive here.
That is not being a mutt it is genetic diversity, when you breed red with red over and over you are actually making a weaker fish with a far higher chance of genetic mutations, some of which could be good but usually are bad, most people have a poor grasp on how genetics work other than how to get what they want while culling 1000's of fish. this kind of breeding is why the lifespan of the average betta is 3 or less years. I personally do nto agree with the type of breeder that culls the vast majority of their fish, but that is their choice, and by doing what you are doing CJ is how people do come up with new lines of bettas, who knows what might come out of one your your spawns, I know what will ,most likely come out of a red/red spawn that has being going on for 7 generations