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Old 08-12-2012, 05:56 PM   #1 
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Arrow Copper x Royal Blue HMPK (Mint Dragon F1)

Male:
Royal blue HMPK



Female:
Copper HMPK


Genetics:

Copper is another way of saying homozygous metallic steel blue. "blbl" represents the steel blue, and "++" represents the homozygous metallic alleles.
Copper = blbl ++

Royal blue is the result of crossing a turquoise (BlBl) with a steel blue (blbl). Royal blue is non-metallic, which is represented by "nm nm"
Royal blue = Blbl nmnm

So, crossing copper with royal blue will result in:

50% Heterozygous metallic royal blue (Blbl +nm)
50% Heterozygous metallic steel blue (blbl +nm)


(Examples of the offspring:)
Blbl +nm:
(Metallic royal blue)


blbl +nm:
(Metallic steel blue)



Goal:
From this line, I expect many metallic steel/royal offspring. The male has a wonderfully broad dorsal, with a strong D-shaped caudal and nice, thick body. The female has a great topline, D-shaped caudal, broad dorsal and parallel anal fin. I hope to fix the red wash on the male, and smooth out the edges on the female. This spawn will be the foundation of the "Mint Dragon" line, metallic blues with a black base and bold iridescent branching.



The two are currently conditioning, and I plan to introduce them tomorrow evening. I'll be posting pictures along the way, so stay tuned.

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Old 08-12-2012, 06:48 PM   #2 
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Good luck and magnificent fish.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:52 PM   #3 
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This is awesome! Can't wait to see the outcome :)
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First date! So exciting :D
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:03 AM   #5 
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After introducing the pair, the male immediately began constructing.



It only took around 3 hours for the two to begin embracing, with minimal damage to the female.



They embraced for around 5 hours, and I was able to easily remove the female and leave the male to his nicely full nest.

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Some of those bubbles are huge! Is that all the fry you have left? Or is there more? It's great that the female is doing OK. Her form and finnage is simply beautiful. So is the male. ;)
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:22 AM   #7 
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Well, they look big because it's a pretty close-up picture. Who knew my phone was capable? Heehee. The rest of the eggs are spread out under the IAL. This is just the corner that stuck out.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:26 AM   #8 
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That's good. The embrace part always creeps me out. The female's eyes are popping out. Well, I hope you don't have much fry with deformities.
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I'm so excited to see your future posts, I love HMPK they are my favorite!
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:15 AM   #10 
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Good luck! They are both totally beautiful!
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