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Old 04-05-2014, 05:42 AM   #1 
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Can anyone recommend a potential mate?

So after loads of research, thoughts and planning I have decided to breed my beloved male betta fish. I am looking to find a potential female for him and after going through colour genetics information, I find myself a bit confused as to what I should get for the results I am looking for.

My male betta is a half moon, and this is a young photo of him:

I am hoping to breed him and I am unsure what female is ideal to get. What I know for certain is that I am looking for a half moon female, however when it comes to colours and patterns I am unsure.

My ideal results but of course not necessary was to achieve his babies with his blues and pinks, and perhaps whites, turquoises, greens and ideally marble or dalmation.

I am unsure what colour and patterned female is most ideal as some colours are dominant then others, while I read marble is not very desirable as the colours are likely to fade, however I have seen older bettas who had lovely colouration while being marbled if they were marbled and not dalmation. I cannot really tell the difference.

I would like to achieve these certain results and though I would ask for some help from some people who have more experience and knowledge with colour genetics.

I would very much appreciate your comments in regards to this subject :)
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:32 AM   #2 
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Try to get one that is similarly sized and with similar coloring
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:18 PM   #3 
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Think of how the main colors are connected to each colored desired. Green is from blue, as is turquoise. Also, a cellophone female if I recall correctly will allow you to keep HIS colors. This I have had happen in a couple spawns.

The pinks you see in him will be from reds. Do realize however with his coloration, and if finding a female with the same coloration you are bound to get washes, without any real defined pattern.

I recommend to find a halfmoon or over halfmoon female who is the same size or smaller than he is. From experience it is easier for him to spawn with those sizes - though a larger female can be bred too. This way you can get good looking fry, keeping halfmoons (and of course delta or super delta) as the ideal result.
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