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Old 01-09-2011, 01:52 PM   #1 
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Betta Colors

I'm unsure how the mixing of different color bettas would affect spawn... Will it be a percentage split between the two colors or will the fry show mixed colors? Nearly all of my breeding stock are sibling pairs, so their offspring should be fairly consistent... but I would like to know how dragon scaling will come in to play if I mix that in. Also different color fancies... will they mix in to the colors I already have on my bettas?

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Old 01-09-2011, 07:52 PM   #2 
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I'd suggest you take a look at these two websites. They're chock full of info on color genetics.
BETTAS by Jim Sonnier/genetics
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Old 01-09-2011, 08:40 PM   #3 
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i agree!! i was on their and learned so much
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:48 PM   #4 
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I forgot where I read this, but the theory goes

Dragon x dragon = 100% dragon
Dragon x geno dragon = 50% - 50%
Dragon x non metalic/dragon = 100% geno dragon
Geno Dr x Geno Dr = 25% dragon 50% geno and 25% non dragon

IME, in real life it isn't as simple as in theory. Many factors take part in the development of offspring (such as the numerous genetic background of parents). And this is more confusing if you only get a few fry - which genetic actually survived?

I'm not sure what fancies are, but I'm guessing it involves a number of color genetics combined with a certain mutation. So I don't know what color outcome you will get other than similar to the parents (since they're siblings). If you introduce dragons to them, you will be mixing them with at least metallics (dragons are considered as Full Metallics).

If I may suggest, breed your fancies and get a definite fancy line before mixing dragons into them.... unless you are definitely sure they're genetics are fixed or if you don't mind surprises.

Hope that makes sense.
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