Update on the CTPK fry! Unfortunately starting to see more swim bladder disorder :( I thought I was over the hump! However, the Betta rubra look great!
24 hour update on the Betta rubra and checking out the CTPK and gularis fry.
My friend Joep wants to push our FaceBook group discussions towards genetics, which I am 100% all for! Since I am contemplating which pair to spawn next, I decided to turn it into an exercise :) This short video is for practicing - watch the video, decide which male you would spawn to the female, and, most importantly, WRITE DOWN WHY you would! Remember that I spawn to both the IBC and the B4A standards :)
The reason I did a video instead of photographs, and also why I was super lazy and didn't take them out of their home jars, is because you need to develop the judging eye to be fast and accurate - even while the fish is in motion, the water is stained with IAL, and the lighting is bad. Practice makes perfect!
Another easy and quick fish keeping tip! I made some new grindal and white worm cultures for a killifish friend that was visiting from SoCal this weekend. Always share your cultures! That way you can ask for them back in case they crash :p
Wow! I've been on a roll with this short videos. YouTube Capture app is awesome because I can quickly shoot videos when I'm just hanging out in my fish room like I would normally do. It's wonderful that I get to share more of my every day activities with you guys!
Here I share the way that I hatch Baby Brine Shrimp. It takes less than 10 minutes a day. The easier it is, the more likely you are to do it :) Cheers!
Spawn CTPK form 020815
Transferred some little guys into the growout, and of course they immediately started fighting. I was forced to jar several of them! As you can see, there is a pretty wide variety of forms in this spawn, which means that it is still a new line that will require more inbreeding to achieve purity of form and color. Their spawn log is Spawn CTPK form 020815.
About time I set up some spawns! I'm super pumped from convention and ready to start the next generation. Their spawn log is at Spawn RY Trad 072115.
If you've noticed, I am running two parallel lines of CTPKs now. One is focused on form - these guys have great primary branching (which in my opinion gives a much cleaner appearance than CTs with greater branching), decent webbing reduction, and carry DT which contributes to broader dorsals. However, this line has uneven color and some have marbling and red wash. The other line is focused on color - these have beautifully clean metallic coverage, and come in metallic copper, royal blue, and turquoise (my favorite!). Both lines originate from two half brothers from Jamie, but the form line came from a brother/sister cross, and the color line came from an outcross to a female from Gastone Tomei. You can read about the beginning of the CTPK project here.
This Spawn is at Spawn CTPK color 072115. Crossing my fingers!
The initial pair...
My dear betta friend Stacy F. took some amazing photos of her new babies :) They just recently had a successful spawn! I love it when I can be a betta grandma! With her permission I am posting her amazing photos. The blue female is the female that I spawned most recently. The male also sired a spawn at Yvonne C.'s house before being sent over to Stacy's. The copper female is the female that Stacy used.
Sharing your bettas with your friends ensures that if something catastrophic were ever to happen to your fishroom, there is likely to be some related fish out there that you can recover. It's also so exciting to see related fish show up at the shows and say, I know where that one came from! Sharing bettas with other hobbyists is a huge part of why the hobby is so much fun!