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Old 08-06-2009, 10:19 PM   #1 
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Breeding Heuvos and Metallic gene?

I've been doing a lot more research on breeding and have found that he most likely possesses the metallic gene (+) which is dominant. I've no idea if he is hetero, or homo for that gene. 1 Breeding should let me know. If he does indeed possess it, I will get at least ~50% metallic if bred to a non-carrier. If bred to another metallic it'll be ~75%. To preserve his red/silver color I'm looking at breeding to a recessive such as a pure white female CT or yellow/gold one. I'll be on the hunt for a female to match this who also has near perfect fins (proportional around and symmetrical) to improve his fins further. Masked female would be a plus.

I may have to set up a split 10 gallon soon for breeding if I find the perfect female for Heuvos.

If I'm grossly off in my understanding please let me know. I've dabbled in genetics before with gerbils and aced the course in college so I can handle whatever terminology you care to throw my way.

Any advice on what color I should reach for? Metallic yes or no? Does everyone like or dislike the metallic gene?
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:29 PM   #2 
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I know nothing about genes. I didn't like science in school and didn't do very well. lol I like the idea of going for the metallic coloring.Its great that you have done so much research. It would be interesting to see what the fry turn out like if you do decide to breed.
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:36 PM   #3 
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Thanks! I love love love science. I actually graduate with my Bach of Science - mah BS- this fall with a (surprise!) concentration in Aquatic Sciences. haha! So yeah, I'm a bit obsessive about doing research sometimes to the point where it's a flaw (like vacuum cleaner shopping). :/
That took me two weeks.

I'm excited to be able to work with a newer domestic Betta gene.

I realize, however, that his fins are likely not perfect. I don't see any disqualifying faults though (as they are all 50% or greater in their ridges). I'm guessing that they may also grow a bit more as he is still small (young) which is another reason why I'd like to wait a bit to breed. Let him mature first.

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Old 08-06-2009, 10:45 PM   #4 
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Thats great that you're getting your Bachelor of Science degree! Maybe some day you'll come up with a new type of betta color, like pink with purple polka dots. lol
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:51 PM   #5 
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Thats great that you're getting your Bachelor of Science degree! Maybe some day you'll come up with a new type of betta color, like pink with purple polka dots. lol
ooo....metallic pink with purple dots....
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:54 PM   #6 
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Oh,yeah, it will definitely have to be metallic pink! lol
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:00 AM   #7 
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lol nice. It would be veryu interesting to see how his fry would turn out.
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:53 AM   #8 
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show pictures =)
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Old 08-07-2009, 03:54 PM   #9 
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oooo, metalic. that's cool. and i love genes too!
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Since I've been working with this gene for about a year I know it 'joins' the color it's bred to. So if you mix mettalic to yellow you would get a yellow mettalic. They're very fun to work with.
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