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Old 10-15-2011, 12:34 AM   #1 
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The Dumbo gene

The other day I found SUPER nice Dumbo HMPK make at Petco for $12, so I bought him, of course :) But that got me thinking about breeding him, and the dumbo gene. Why is it seen only in HMPKs? Is expression possible with other tail types? How inheritable is it say with a male who expresses it and a female non carrier? In a hypothetical spawn with 100 fry how many will have a dumbo phenotype? Im thinking about spawning him as he is a bubble nest machine, not to mention nearly symmetrical with a nice blue butterfly HMPK female if I can find one.

Here is a video of the little guy :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdUsx...ature=youtu.be
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:37 AM   #2 
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Not sure but I believe it causes health issues and tbh really throws off the point of symmetrical fish. not something id breed for.
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:40 AM   #3 
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I forgot. nice fish. not a fan of the dumbo but nice in general.
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:39 AM   #4 
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i have found that only some fry show dumbo ears, because i have one myself that i bred. And halfmoons can have dumbo ears.
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:31 PM   #5 
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Not sure but I believe it causes health issues and tbh really throws off the point of symmetrical fish. not something id breed for.
But if the "ears" are symmetrical as well how does it throw off anything?
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:52 PM   #6 
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there are about 6 "Dumbo" Halfmoons on the second page of the halfmoon section on aquabid. just saw them today. All males though
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Old 10-15-2011, 02:07 PM   #7 
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I've seen it on hm's as well.

I know from what i've seen a dumbo to a dumbo will produce alot/all dumbo fry.
Not sure how it fares against a regular betta.

Most of the dumbo's i've seen are giant hmpk salamanders. So that would probably explain why yours is a plakat, easier to find and breed in mass quantities to breed. That also goes for his coloring( I see some of the white butterfly outlining that goes with salamanders, though you're boy looks blue and not pinkie purple).
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I bred my dumbo to a regular female, so thats why i got like one or two dumbos.
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:35 PM   #9 
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oh my goodness, hes so pretty and adorable!
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:07 PM   #10 
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I was wondering if the Dumbo gene was really something worth breeding for. Sure it's a beautiful aesthetic quality but what does this do to the fish long term?
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