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Old 02-21-2014, 05:16 AM   #61
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i must say i like the orange bodied males. ive seen reds that show more orangish but not a true orange like those. if you have time/space i would work on those as well. that solid orange is almost a neon orange and pretty
The red/orange shades go back to the original Golden Red guppy foundation male.
It's true color would be cadmium red in a watercolor set.
Not a true red, but very bright. (I try to get my photos close to natural as I can, and even the crappy shots show off the red/orange tone.)

The reason I named my line Chocolate Cherries is because the dark blue and yellow mingled in with the golden red, and the results reminded me of cherries that used to grow on a tree in my neighborhood when I was a child. Also, most have a black signature spot somewhere on them. The dilute version, Frosted Cherries, are peach and light blue/lavender.

The Cherry Vanillas are very dilute-almost albino version of the CC.

Sorry if I get long winded. Feel free to just fast forward to the pics.
Just want to record and inform what I got from breeding what to what.
And you can journey with me in the future and see what comes from the breedings.

Breedings I would not do again are from the one fish in the beginning, under "mishaps". Mostly red wild looking multi colored snakeskin-the one with every inch of his body a riot of color. His offspring produced shorter, rounded half moon tails, a smaller fish, fry resembled him F1, but slowly deteriorated after F1. The tails on the males were colored up after 2 weeks old! I was getting excited, but then that's all they got. Looked liked colored tail females. Boring.

It took a year to get rid of that strain, and I would not get excited when I seen a batch of neon orange tailed fry. Quite the opposite.

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Old 02-21-2014, 05:30 PM   #62
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You're really doing some great work... making totally droolworthy guppys ma'am
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:44 PM   #63
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Okay, it's been over a month since the last update.

The star of the show has been quite busy, hitting full maturity, and actually turned out to be a larger sized gup than anticipated:









His brother has been busy, too. (the one in the middle, with his sons):



And...his son's been busy, too:



I notice that Rorschach fry are born mostly black:
(All from one gal!)



They fade out at 1 1/2-2 months:



Then, after 2 months, they start a darkening trend again:





This makes it VERY IMPORTANT not to cull until at least 3 months.
This also means more grow-out tanks. Sigh.
(I have a friend who took a small colony to help me out)
On a plus side, maybe because of the large "litters", or the strain, male/female ratio has been approx. 8 male to every 15 female. I'll take it!

This one is interesting. The black lips and pec fins just appeared at 1 1/2 month old:



Daddy's little clone.
Already getting busy:







Hope to update another progress report in a month or so.
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Old 03-19-2014, 05:19 PM   #64
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Wow, that first male is a stunner!! Very nice looking guppies, as usual
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:57 PM   #65
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Beautiful Guppies, I breed Black Moscows, half-blacks, and red tuxedos. Your guppies are out of this world though
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:49 AM   #66
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These guppies are some of the best I've seen. Stef, I think your line has what it takes to make it something special and stand on its own, kinda like black moscows or tuxedos.
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Thank you(s)!
I'm quite proud of how the Rorschachs are progressing. It's really only been a little over 6 months, and I'm finally starting to see a consistent pattern of my ideal. Although, on the way to getting that, I have some very pretty, unusual fish that are just stunning.
Patience is something you have to have, and sometimes I lack it, lol, but the surprise packages I am getting is making it worthwhile.

Almost time for a monthly photo update
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:40 AM   #68
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Gah you always make me want to set up more tanks! I'm kinda glad I have a 30 gallon limit!
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:52 PM   #69
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great job stef!!

your females are still having babies.. and i have them in tanks with no males

i will send ya pic updates later
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how many lines are you working?
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2 basic lines, with variations encouraged from each line.
Chocolate Cherries=Frosted Cherries=Cherry Vanillas
Rorschach=Stained Glass=Harley Davidson

I have a tank full of males, most don't fit into a category-just spectacular, but no space or time to encourage new strains. There are full black high dorsal Moscows in there, and back up if I need to add "new blood". Haven't had the time, but hope to get a video/photos of this tank and its new scape.

Hopefully, I will be adding new pics to this thread sometime this weekend

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I love this thread i have to say, seeing all your pretty guppies gave me such a greater appreciation for them. I always thought of guppies like you see in most LFS, as thats all i ever had when i was younger but i now know that is not the case. I recently (two days ago) just got my first batch of nicer guppies (largely inspired by your thread ) and i LOVE them. Almost an entirely different fish IMO. Now i just have to make sure i dont get carried away, i have enough tanks/collectoritus/addiction (pick your poison) in this hobby lol

So thank you and i cant wait to see more of your pretty fish!
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I love this thread i have to say, seeing all your pretty guppies gave me such a greater appreciation for them. I always thought of guppies like you see in most LFS, as thats all i ever had when i was younger but i now know that is not the case. I recently (two days ago) just got my first batch of nicer guppies (largely inspired by your thread ) and i LOVE them. Almost an entirely different fish IMO. Now i just have to make sure i dont get carried away, i have enough tanks/collectoritus/addiction (pick your poison) in this hobby lol

So thank you and i cant wait to see more of your pretty fish!
Why, Thank You, Duck! It's posts like yours that keep me posting

Congrats on your new gups! The hard part is photographing the wriggly little bastards (I mean that in the nicest sense. I usually know who's their Daddies). I've tried all sorts of tricks-lights on, off, flashlight in the face (going for the deer-in-the-headlight bit), during feeding, during sleeping, etc.
Best results so far is to put said fish(s) in a small photo container, and get shots before that "OMG Shock Look" hits. The best is putting that container in the existing tank, but then the other fish try to photo-bomb.

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Rorschach Report:

First, some shots of the fish from the last set so you can see maturity and darkening trend in progress (last 3 pics of last set):







True Rorschachs' (finally!):





Metallic powder blue and black mix:







Warlock, this is what happens when you cross the Chocolate Cherries with Rorschach:







The colors are just stunning. I wish I could capture the metallics better in photos.

Most unusual of the month.
This Tri-colored gup looks like he was made from 3 different fish.
"Frankenguppy" :





A pretty yellow bodied one:



All pics, except first three are JUVIES. (First 3, I consider young adult)
Natural morality rate has been 100%-no natural deaths.

Also, an update on the update: These pics were taken a few weeks ago.
I feel like taking a whole new photo shoot, because they are simply gorgeous, but alas, no time.
I think next update will be adults in full glory

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Love them! Your updates are the kind i get a cup of coffee for and just admire for a while lol i love all the pics, that rorschach line is really coming along nicely.

Are those metalic blue/blacks a project of yours also?? Or just a random outcome? They are really cool looking.

Can't wait for your next update with the adult pics! They already look so nice, thanks for taking the time to post them all
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