Another funky male! His form is definitely leaning more traditional than show. Notice how the edges of his caudal are rounded, and there is only primary branching in the caudal rays? The dorsal is rounder, like a rounded japanese fan. The anal point is sharper, much more exaggerated than the brothers above, and the ventrals are longer (although they could be fuller). His body is a little too short, but he also looks short because he is kind of fat on worms right now :p
Fiiiiinally got around to taking some much needed pictures!
I am very pleased with the 3 fish that I kept from this spawn (I also sent some to my grandfather). The two females (1 pineapple, one clean yellow) have almost no iridescence, and both have nice traditional PK form. The male has the best form out of all of my favorite pineapple male's sons, but he also has a lot of iridescence. I think my next move will be to cross a brother x sister to take advantage of both form and color! One concern, however, is that none of these fish inherited their father's great traditional dorsal, but instead inherited the mother's weaker one. I will have to watch out for weak dorsals if I am to spawn these brother x sister.
This...was the WEIRDEST spawn I've ever had! I don't think I will ever do another yellow x yellow spawn again. Color took a huge step backwards in this cross - strange little red spots in the fins, random black scaling, and iridescence. Also short bodies, a couple funky top lines, and even a 3 ventral fellow (see previous post). Wow lol
Although the male above has a nice body (and really ok form overall), his color faults are numerous. Pale yellow coloration, random black scales, iridescence in the caudal, and tons of little red dots on the fins.
This guy has the best show PK finnage in the spawn, tempered by the funky topline. Nice D-shaped caudal, balanced anal and ventrals that come to nice tips, and a nice show PK dorsal (notice how it is full and thrusted forward). No gaps between the unpaired fins. The black scaling could be more even over the top of the fish, and the yellow should reach the ends of his fins rather than fade as they do here.
Now the ultimate in weird...3 full, functional ventrals!! I think I'm going to have to keep him just because he makes me smile every time I look at him. What an attitude!
At this point, I think I will shelve this spawn. It was a little disappointing, because the mother of this spawn was a truly intense clean yellow (see spawn log)...but the results were far from what I expected. I do believe now that a yellow x yellow spawn dilutes out the intensity of the colors, and allows some weird recessive traits (the red dots in the fins?) to surface.