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Old 11-29-2010, 05:35 PM   #1 
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Talking new gene

is it possible for creating a new betta genaration? like a 3tailed betta? 2 headed betta????? ultra agressive betta with really sharp teeth?? is things liket his possible in the future when breeders mix diff types of bettas resulting in genetic mutations?
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:27 PM   #2 
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Yeah but why? What would be the purpose of creating these genetic mutations? Would they aid the fish or hinder it?

If your going to breed an animal and be responsible for bringing living things into this already over populated world you must do so ethically. Look at all the already over bred animal species who have so many gentic issues that they are living drastically shorter lives and are very unhealthy. There HAS to be a line between what we think is cool and what is good for the fish.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:28 PM   #3 
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Why would anyone even want to make a betta like that? Having two heads or teeth and crazy stuff like that would be bad for the health of the animal...

Betta breeders don't breed for deformities that would hinder the animal.

And why do bettas need to be more aggressive? They already fight to the death, isn't that enough?

I would say trying to breed for things like that is in poor taste.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:29 PM   #4 
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Yeah but why? What would be the purpose of creating these genetic mutations? Would they aid the fish or hinder it?

If your going to breed an animal and be responsible for bringing living things into this already over populated world you must do so ethically. Look at all the already over bred animal species who have so many gentic issues that they are living drastically shorter lives and are very unhealthy. There HAS to be a line between what we think is cool and what is good for the fish.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:47 PM   #5 
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Why would anyone even want to make a betta like that? Having two heads or teeth and crazy stuff like that would be bad for the health of the animal...

Betta breeders don't breed for deformities that would hinder the animal.

And why do bettas need to be more aggressive? They already fight to the death, isn't that enough?

I would say trying to breed for things like that is in poor taste.
Actually that's a common myth. Bettas die as a result of untreated injuries. In Thailand as soon as a fish becomes submissive it's removed, treated, kept as a pet or sold. In other places of the world the loser is not removed and is killed by the other.

Anyway the betta hobby is full of genetic deformities....do you think we just spawned some wild bettas and got a Halfmoon? In fact the long fins can be such a deformity a betta may have trouble swimming.
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:07 PM   #6 
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Sorry, I really just meant to imply that they are already pretty aggressive, I really don't think we need to make them more aggressive

Breeding a tail deformity is one thing, but breeding for two heads and such is another.. I really think two heads or teeth or whatever would do the betta much more harm than different fins and colors. That's really what I meant
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Most ethical breeders would cull fish that couldn't swim due to heavy fins. If the fish is not strong enough to support its fins then it should not be bred.
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:13 PM   #8 
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Sorry, I really just meant to imply that they are already pretty aggressive, I really don't think we need to make them more aggressive

Breeding a tail deformity is one thing, but breeding for two heads and such is another.. I really think two heads or teeth or whatever would do the betta much more harm than different fins and colors. That's really what I meant
Genetic deformities shouldn't be bred for.

@ bettabreeder123 how is it possible to create a new gene when we don't even understand some of the genes we have now?
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Why would anyone want a 2 headed betta or bettas with sharp teeth? If you want a fish with sharp teeth then get a piranha.
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Why would anyone want a 2 headed betta or bettas with sharp teeth? If you want a fish with sharp teeth then get a piranha.
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