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Old 07-30-2012, 12:03 AM   #1 
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Smile UPDATE on Mint Dragon Project

Hey all, sorry about the delay of updates on this line of mine. After a ton of research on Joep's spawns and genetics study, I've decided that instead of trying to "improve" the so-so stock I got imported, I'm going to start the line from scratch.

So, the main features I want to see in these fish are-
*Metallic based coloration
*Clean turquoise color
*No red wash or bad scaling
*Good form
*Black-based fins / edging

These traits are what I will use to base selling, breeding, and culling on.
The line should look close to these guys once completed-




So, how do I create a metallic green/blue fish?
Copper x Steel / Royal / Turquoise.
This will give me the +nm alleles I need.

Here's an example of what the results will be from one of Joep's spawns-

Father (royal blue, non metallic)-

Mother (copper)-

Some of the offspring from this spawn-



This is a really great starting point, from there I can work on spreading a little more iridescence into the branching, or darkening the base color by crossing to recessive black.

I'm currently trying my hardest to get my hands onto these fish-




I'm still looking for the close-to-perfect turquoise, steel or royal female. Keep an eye out for me.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:19 AM   #2 
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If you can breed blacks I want some lol. My blues remind me of the mints. They're swimming :)
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:21 AM   #3 
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I'll definitely be watching. This seems pretty interesting. I've never bred betta before. Seems pretty complex.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:23 AM   #4 
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I can't wait to see them.

I'm thinking about getting a line of turquoises AND blacks going to help sustain the mints. You of all people know how long I've been searching for a female turquoise with decent form. xD
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:31 AM   #5 
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I'm breeding my male from Karen to my blue mask girl... hopefully that produces some greens and turquoises :D
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:36 AM   #6 
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D: I want a pair. But not for $75. -_-
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:39 AM   #7 
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Her line grows fast... I'll give you a pair for free since I seriously can't repay you for helping me lol. I get them Tuesday :D
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:42 AM   #8 
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Aw, that's super generous of you. I'd have to repay you in some way. Free fish from me as well. Heehee
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Those fish are gorgeous.
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BTW I got my sump cycled so actual construction of barracks starts next week! You'll have to come see it :D
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