I have spent a lot of time doing research and studying on breeding bettas and next month should be getting my first breeding pair. I'm wondering if I understand NRs and breeding with them correctly though. First, the bettas I am looking at getting
- A pretty blue female from a MG spawn. I won't call her a MG though, she is 98% solid blue, but a little yellow shows in her fins. Being as she has yellow & no red she would have a NR geno, correct?
- Male is a lighter blue and has a little red wash in his caudal and anal fins. I want to work on removing this red.
What I am planning (& hoping I have correct) is to breed these two together. Most (if not all) of that first spawn will have a red wash.
For F2 I was going to pick the best boy from the spawn and breed him back to mama betta. F2 spawn I'm expecting mostly blue with red wash, but (hopefully) some blue with no red.
On F3 I was going to choose a female from F2 with no red wash and cross her back to her father. From here I'm a bit lost. I believe the majority of the spawn should be blue with no redwash, but I don't know if I should do any breeding back to previous generations or find new blood to mix in.
Please, any advice is welcome. I don't offend easily, so don't worry about that. I've done research and more research. Before I found this forum I spawned successfully once and managed to keep 16 out of 20 fry alive, but this is the first time I am trying with a goal in mind. I really want to know if the outline of my plan sounds like it is going to work, if there is anything I should do differently, or any other advice you can offer. Breeding bettas is going to be more of a hobby for me & I don't plan on actively showing any bettas, but I want to do this right.
Not the best pictures of these bettas, but here are the two bettas in question.