Thank you so much for your advice. I might try that with some of my future breeding pairs.
I'm seriously reconsidering breeding this fish. I guess this leads me to another question. He seems to have a chronic swim bladder problem. Almost every time I put him in a new tank he gets constipated or something affects his swim bladder to where he gets stuck on the surface for 2-3 days and I have to fast him. Sometimes he even gets this problem when I don't put him in a new tank. It is safe to say this probably happens to him once or twice every two weeks.
I was actually shocked he made a bubblenest in his little half gallon home while he was stuck floating on the top of the water.
My concern is that this might turn out to be a genetic trait and breeding him would lock it into some of the fry.
I really just wanted to bring out his amazing purple color and try to isolate it with a few generations of fry but I should probably pick a new pair.