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Old 05-19-2013, 06:43 PM   #1 
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Question Inbreeding

I want to buy two white betta fish and breed them, but they are from the same breeder and they look like they might be related.
If they were related, would it still be safe to breed them, or would the offspring have defects?
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Depends of what generation they were up too.
Inbreeding is fine with fish but if you get to many constant inbreeding generations you will begin to see infertility, weakened immune systems etc.
F6 is probably the highest you want to go but most breeders add new blood in around F3-4
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Agree.. quite a few breeders will breed siblings, and then babies to parents when working on a certain line. Normal and common.. just not to the extreme as mentioned above.

With whites you will have to be a bit more careful, you tend to see quite a bit of them with cloudy eyes and thicker scales over their eyes. Quite common.. so make sure you pick out the pairs with as clear of eyes as possible to help keep the numbers down of offspring with that issue.
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