The early part of this year has been good to me, sort of. Between our fish club’s Swap Meet in February and the Spring Auction in March, I was able to open up some tank space and acquire what I’m calling my Core Strains. Unfortunately, some of the strains I picked up last year only gave me one drop before petering out, so I’ve had to wait for them to grow up and start dropping.
What I’m working with now are the following:
Red Grass- These go back to ATFG with a fine spot pattern on the fins. I’ve outcrossed this male with a Blue Grass female I had that has a course pattern and the Extended dorsal gene. These outcross fry will be bred back to the pure Red Grass line to introduce the Extended dorsal gene and re-establish the fine spot pattern that I have been looking for.
Blue Grass- These also go back to ATFG with a fine spot pattern. The blue in the fins is about as dense as I have seen on any line that carries the Asian Blau gene.
Blonde Fullred- I am currently outcrossing between a line that I’ve bred in the past and a Luke Roebuck line. I’m hoping to have the dense red color of the Roebuck males and overall size of this line combined with the red tails on the females of my line.
Albino Fullred- This line goes back to ATFG and was purchased on Aquabid. These will be outcrossed to the blonde Fullreds in the near future.
Albino Blue Topaz- This line also goes back to ATFG. I am impressed most by the overall size and color of this albino line. These are sold by ATFG as Sky Blue Albinos and purchased from Bruce Yates (bayway on Aquabid). His website is www.gorgeousguppies.com. Take a look.
HB AOC- I’m working on two lines of these right now. I’ll decide which is producing the superior fish and drop one probably sometime next year. The first is Y-linked. This started as a HB Yellow male/Yellow Lace Snakeskin female cross. I took the best HB males from this drop (there shouldn’t have been any) and bred back to YLSS females. I have to wait for the F2 males to grow up to pick my breeders. Instead of breeding back to their sisters, I’m breeding to Red Lace SS females to introduce the red coloration to the fins. These will eventually be bred to Blue Grass females to produce both Red and Blue variants in the strain.
The second line is X-linked. I’ve crossed Blue Grass males and Jadehead (HB Red Mosaic) females. I have 3 drops from these females. The first are pure Jadeheads and the others are from the BG males. I’ll take the best hybrid HB blue males back to the pure Jadehead females and continue to refine the breeding from there.
I have a lot of things going on right now, but I couldn’t be more pleased. Everything I have in the fishroom is cross compatible, so outcrosses are going to be relatively simple to manage. I’ve been tinkering with a pair of Flamenco Dancers and some Multis that I started last year. Only time will tell if I keep these going or not.
There you have it. A late start this winter means very few fish available for this Spring, but this is the most relaxed I’ve been in the fishroom than I have been in a long time.