New "Rorschach" Guppy I'm working on. Rorschach Report 05/06/2014 Update - Page 3 - The Planted Tank Forum
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Originally Posted by h4n View Post
Very nice Stef!

I like the black ones!
Thank you!

Originally Posted by Soothing Shrimp View Post
Are you aiming for B&W or do you want some yellow in there too?
Black and white, ultimately, but right now I would like to set the pattern. I have black with white, ivory, pale blue (from the blue grass), and all shades of yellow. The red is hardest to delete. I don't want to use Ivory Mosaics, or real light fish because they tend to pull red. After I get a consistency from inbreeding, I will out-cross with jet black genes (in QT as we speak). The total blacks are hard to get totally black (which I do have)-the white bellies surface, especially on the females, which is fine for my purpose. It is easier to "lighten up" a black fish than to add black and darken SELECT areas on a white, ivory mosaic, or white headed fish. Also, I don't really want a mosaic pattern per say. I don't want a reverse leopard print either. A random ink-blot look, where you can see something a little different in each fish-like a paint/pinto horse, or clouds.

I am just in the beginning stages, but they seem to be coming along nicely, and each generation gets closer (just enclosed photos of certain fish for this journal/strain. I have a tank going of siblings, original parents and those that need refining of this strain, and a tank of those who are very close to the mark. A tank of Chocolate Cherries, crosses, and those who don't make the Rorschach cut to be offered soon). It is going to take some time, though.

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Nice work and interesting thread.
Thank you, James. The hard part is catching them for photographs. Although guppies tend to stick rather top-side, the ones you target for a photo fest have ESP and dive down below or hide. Or you have a photo hog/glory queen that insists upon jumping in your cup every dip.
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You know it's funny, I've been doing this for quite a long time. For so long, going back to 1984, I was a cichlid fanatic. Since then for the most part it was either cichlids or marine fish, including reefs. I wanted nothing to do with community fish, and least of all something like a guppy. They were just feeders. Now I'm all about the community, or "wimp' fish as I used to call them. I let my wife put a few guppies in my most recent planted tank, and can't believe how much I'm enjoying them - I never would have believed it years ago if someone told me I'd be keeping guppies - and loving it!

Now all I can think about is getting another variety or 2 to throw in there.
Those chocolate cherries are quite nice.
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James M, I remember as a little girl sitting at the counter of a drugstore in PA, eating ice cream cones and looking at the display of fish for sale. You had 2 choices-goldfish or guppies. Your food choice was one: Hartz Mt. goldfish flakes. The most exotic thing to me was angelfish. (I'm not ancient-just a very good memory)

Guppies have come a long way since then, but I still stare at them with delight, like that little girl many moons ago, and will always have a soft spot for them.
And ice cream
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It's been awhile since I updated the progress on the Rorschach.
The first generation is maturing, but not really accurate because the
females were not virgin.
The Rorschach that I want carbon copied is having a high time alone
with his mother, sisters, and maiden daughters.
Time will tell when the many fry being born solely from this breeding are his.

So, I have been giving the Pre-Rorschach their own strain name that is fitting, and breeding true. "The Stained Glass Guppy".
These fish have just reached maturity:

It is proving to be a challenge to get it down to one color (preferably
white or very pale shade) on a basically black fish, with color creeping up the body, without sacrificing the black head, but it has only been a couple months.

I would say this is the closest so far:

Some shots of the true Rorschach gals (immediate sisters):

I am really quite taken with this individual from the Stained Glass brood,
but don't have the space for another strain, and might be back peddling.
It is the only one.
In person, this fish looks like it is wrapped in rainbow tinted tin foil:

I am going to encourage a new Chocolate Cherry variation, though,
The Cherry Vanilla.
I will save the pics for the next post so this one isn't too photo heavy.

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Hello again
From the opposite side of the color spectrum, The Cherry Vanilla:



The female (Miss Cherry Vanilla) had her first spawn yesterday,
from her doppleganger brother.

A good portion of the fry were born a glowing, golden white.
They stuck out like a sore thumb, and every fish in the tank was taking
a snatch at them, even other darker colored fry and juvies from the Chocolate
Cherry gang, who are not generally fry eaters.
I placed them in a large breeder box with plants until they get a bit bigger
and can hold their own. I got about a bakers dozen of this color, and a few
normal colored in the box. A good start, methinks. Pics will follow as they mature.

Darn guppies have to be the hardest fish to photograph. (hence the camera
recommendation thread by Darkcobra)

So, keeping fingers crossed for a promising New Year!
I hope these are future Rorschachs!

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I absolutely am in LOVE with this male guppy with the multi colored dots on the tail. I'd call it Confetti or Clown or Party or something. Beautiful!

Your ror is awesome!

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Wow are these nice. You have some beautiful guppies!
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Gorgeous guppies! They are really striking and I love their massive finnage
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are you shipping any yet
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Should have some available in the very near future, neighbor, that I am willing to ship.
Waiting for the country to thaw out a bit.
Priority still seems to be running a day or two late in some areas.

Hope this answered your shipping question.
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I'm not a guppy fan in general, but your Rorschach line is stunning. I can't wait to see it develop and will definitely be interested in getting a few when you're ready to sell. Gorgeous fish and great work!
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Cherry vanilla.. are pretty awesome too!
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Urg! Stef!! Now I want some even more! Haha hopefully come spring/summer when its warming you will have some

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Beautiful pieces of art<3! (oh, I mean guppies)
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The only other black guppies that I've seen ANYWHERE was from a batch of fry from my green cobra male to a random female

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