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Old 11-18-2010, 02:09 AM   #1 
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Perfecting my strain

Pros out there, correct me if i am wrong.
I am getting a red dragon pair this upcoming week.

According to bettysplendens, she created a "brass strain" which looks pretty much like a red dragon (my avatar).

To do this she used: COPPER X YELLOW
-took her about 2 generations to create "Brass"

The break down of copper is: steel (metallic) X steel (metallic)

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My goal, is to create a GIANT RED DRAGON HMPK
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To do this, I have a giant on hand (steel? blue metallic).

I intend to cross the Giant male with my Red dragon female.

[In theory, a red dragon is (yellow X copper), and copper is just a homozygous metallic steel.]

from this pairing, i can assume that some steel metallics would form since both parents carry it in their genes. I will then pair the largest steel metallic siblings up(f1), recreating the Copper line (f2-a)-theoretically. Or. I may recross the largest females steel metallics back with the giant metallic father (to strengthen the giant trait), and create a giant Copper line (f2-b).

Coppers do not have the red finnage. I can try to recross these coppers to a yellow and follow bettysplendens route (taking two generations).

or

do you think it's possible that i can re-cross the (f2) with my original red dragons? (since red is dominant... it should show up in the next generation). This cross should also strengthen the Dragon Scales which may or may not have been lost.
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We'll I am also banking on the hope that since red dragons are basically metallic steels with red fins, that the f1 cross:
giant steel? metallic X red dragon will yield some red dragon giants???
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Any ideas?
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:25 AM   #2 
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No idea sorry, maybe someone more experienced will come along to help u out.
But for now I just wanted to let u know that this sounds amazing and I hope u get what u want.
Good luck!
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:32 AM   #3 
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Hmm.. I'll have to think on that.

Let me just say my piece about while you are trying to get the color you want... don't forget about form and finnnage. A deformed fish with pretty color is useless. I would say get nice fins going and get your giant in there and then start incorporating the color unless your pairs already have nice fins.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:38 PM   #4 
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all my pairs are hmpk
(meaning they all are HM)
so they will come from a good line
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:52 PM   #5 
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I dunno! I've seen some weird looking hmpks out there! :) Just keep an eye on the fry and make sure to breed the ones that aren't as funky finnage wise!
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