thats awesome! its cool you can have the gene but have the royal blue as well. do you have any fish exhibiting green? i love green bettas!
can we see pics of the dam?
no green from this spawn. the sire was royal blue and the dame was steel blue. here is a punnet square (GG=green, SS=steel, GS=SG=royal):
F\M | G | S |
S | SG | SS |
S | SG | SS |
so you can see the possibility in the types of iridescence in one of the offspring is limited to royal blue (SG), or steel blue (SS), with a 50% chance of each. GG (green iridescence) i not possible from a royal blue pairing. that would require a pairing of two royal blue parents (25% chance for each offspring), a royal blue and a green (50%), or 2 green parents (100%).
my F2s will thus also be only royal and steel blue. but if i choose to breed F3 (and i so far intend to), then i may very well choose to breed 2 royal blue fish, creating a spawn displaying all 3 phenotypes.
pics of the dame are in my sorority journal on page 2
. she is the one i describe as the looking orchid female, and photographed extensively (compared to the rest) in my most recent update (on 9/9/12).
she has excellent coloration, and decent finnage (would prefer if her caudal ray extensions were closer to 33%, than 25%).
females always have less prominent webbing reduction than males, which is why they do not show in CT classes in competitions, but rather in color classes based on their color. in general the more webbing reduction you can get on the females the better, though, as dames with more webbing reduction will produce males with greater webbing reduction than a dame with less reduction.