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Hello everyone.
I'm using a translator, so please forgive me if it's awkward.
I want to breed Dumbo Koi.
I have male Dumbo koi, I do not have female Dumbo koi.
To produce the most Dumbo carps with only male Dumbo carps, which Dumbo female should I use? I have a Cellophane Dumbo female and a Cambodian Dumbo female. Or which females should I have to have the most koi dumbo? Please tell me a lot. happy new year 馃挅

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Hello, welcome to the forum.

Please note that I DO NOT have first hand experience with marbles. Below is what I conclude from discussions with friends.

To my knowledge dumbo works similar to DT - in the sense that if crossed to non dumbo, will produce dumbo genos (rather bigger pectorals). If you inbreed fry or breed back to dumbo parent, you should get even bugger pectorals.

Koi patterns (caused by marble genes) is not as easy as dumbo. Because marble is unpredictable, it would be best to breed to similar pattern. This better ensures genes that create koi patterns are passed on to fry.

If you breed to solid non marbles, you might get various possibilities. If lucky, you might get patterned colors. But people usually get mere multi colors - no color blocks/patches.

Since I never discussed nor read koi x cello/cambodian crosses, I cannot give you an idea of the possibilities. But I'm guessing it's similar to crossing to other solid colors

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"Build a house before you paint it" is something I heard recently that resonated with me. What that means is, breed for form and finnage (including large pectorals/dumbo ears) first; color is secondary.

However that doesn't mean you shouldn't be thinking about color at all. If the choice was between a non-dumbo with the colors you want, or a non-koi with the finnage you want, go with the non-koi.

If we're choosing between a dumbo Cambodian female and a dumbo cellophane female, all other things being equal, I'd go with the cellophane female. Reason being that the Cambodian gene mutes the red layer on the body of the fish, if I understand it correctly, which is not desirable if you're trying to achieve an evenly distributed "koi" look in future generations.

Cellophane, on the other hand, is a phenotype that often results from marble spawns, so there's a non-zero chance that your cello female is a carrier and that you'll get marbles in F1, which puts you one step closer to the koi pattern you're looking for. Not all cellos carry marble, but with how prevalent the marble gene is these days I'd be willing to bet money on any given cello being a carrier.

The marble gene is weird and unpredictable though, so don't expect perfect kois that keep the same color throughout their lives right off the bat. If you can achieve a stable marble line then I am sure people will be beating down your door for those fish. 馃榿

So basically: take the best fish from your F1 with the biggest pectorals, breed those, and once you're consistently getting dumbos, start honing in on color and pattern.

Can you share pictures of the fish you're working with?

I hope this is at least a little helpful. I don't do kois because frankly it sounds frustrating to me. 馃ゴ
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