At the beginning of this new year, my journey to get back to where I was, before “the creeping crud” hit my fishroom, continues to unfold. I added 5 new lines and started saving drops of fry. I noticed right away, that I was probably going to have some trouble. My FullGreens, Shubel Greens, and y-linked HB Greens looked like Blue/Greens in my water and under my lighting. The SAP Purples and y-linked HB Purples looked like Blacks in my tanks. I was also seeing variegation in the fins of my HB juvies. My spirits sank. It was time to do some outcrosses to see if I could save/improve my HB lines.
The first thing I did was cross my non-HB lines. The best outcross for a Green line that has become too light is a dark Purple female. I bred a FullGreen male and a Shubel Green male to SAP Purple females and I have fry from those crosses coming up. I have some nice FullPurples coming up now as well as some Purples that are showing promise, but are still too young to know for certain.
I’ve placed my best HB Purple male with one of his sisters and an SAP Purple female. Breeding a hybrid male back into the pure HB line should clear up many of the problems I’m seeing right now. The next step will be to breed this same male to a FullGreen and a Shubel Green female. Bringing these hybrids back to the pure Green lines should improve the HB Greens. Fingers crossed.
My wife loves the color Purple and I wanted to bring an albino Purple into the fishroom. I needed to start with an SAP Purple male and bred him to an albino Fullred female. The F1’s look like poorly bred Reds with purple highlights on the body. Hopefully, I will get some albino Purples in the F2.
I also did one last outcross just for the sake of satisfying my curiosity. I had read a small blurb somewhere that some breeders of HB Yellows were using neutral Green females as outcrosses. I bred a FullGreen male to a blonde FullGold female (blonde HB Yellow). I also bred a blonde FullGold male with a FullGreen female. The latter produced crap fish. The first cross turned out to be much more successful. F1’s are HB Yellows, although the black on the peduncle is very weak. I’m going to breed these both ways with a HB Yellow line I’ve been maintaining to see if Greens can be used to improve HB Yellows. Here is a pic of my F1 HB Yellows.
I’m still hoping to add the Asian Blau gene to my FullRed lines, but that will have to wait until my other outcrosses are completed.
Ultimately, I hope to have blonde and albino Fullreds, albino Blue Topaz, SAP Purple, FullGreen, HB Purple, and albino Purples in the fishroom. Only time will tell if I will be able to accomplish my goals. Probably another year before we see the final results and start showing again. Until next time.