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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 09-24-2019, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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I've "made" some really red white cloud minnows

Every couple of years I take the prettiest handful of my white clouds and remove them to breed. I originally got this batch in around 2008-2009, and have been kind of selectively breeding them (not very strictly). The last few years they have colored up a ton from what is in my profile pic. The males have more salmon red color and it shows up best when they are flashing at one another. Nothing too outrageous, just thought it was neat. And hopefully in a few more generations of doing this, it will continue to improve.
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Every couple of years I take the prettiest handful of my white clouds and remove them to breed. I originally got this batch in around 2008-2009, and have been kind of selectively breeding them (not very strictly). The last few years they have colored up a ton from what is in my profile pic. The males have more salmon red color and it shows up best when they are flashing at one another. Nothing too outrageous, just thought it was neat. And hopefully in a few more generations of doing this, it will continue to improve.
They are amazing! I had no idea White Clouds came with this red color.


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Wow those are looking good, indeed very different from the avatar. Congrats
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They are amazing! I had no idea White Clouds came with this red color.
Me either. For all I know someone else has been working on them and has them a lot better, but I've never seen red white clouds not in my own tanks. I have SO many outside it's not even funny. Wish fish were easier to ship, because the hardest part is catching about 100 pretty ones out of the pond and having to leave the rest. But they produce more than I could fit if I put them in every tank.

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Woah! Theyíre stunning! Well done!


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If anyone is in the western part of NC, I'd love to share some before it gets cold out.
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Now you need to breed some all blue ones, that would be a cool combination of the two facing off. Blue Ridge Reef's new line of cold water friendly betta fish lol.
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Nice looking fish. You never know what will come out sometimes.
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I'm going to send a few hundred to a big shrimp bro for store credit when it cools down. Hopefully he will be happy with semi-grown out fry or else that many will take a full sized fish box. I need to get into the pond and get an idea of how many I'm looking at in there. There were thousands last time I did it using about 50 adults, so I only put about 10-12 females and the nicest males this spring. But they roll the water surface when I feed, so I'm thinking it's still more than I can deal with. Next time I'll try 5 females. I wouldn't think the first batch of fry has grown and is reproducing already, but who knows?
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thats pretty sweet, those look awesome
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Nice looking fish. You never know what will come out sometimes.
I go to Kentucky twice a year for shooting competitions. Not too far from ya, if we could make it work... oh man how I'd love to see photos of these in your beautiful tanks. Colder water though but I'd hand deliver you a box if we could time it right and you have a tank for them.
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Have the 120p arriving tomorrow.
Big day the tank I have been saving for the last 3 years. Itís a dream tank. Stand from ADG and ADA equipment it will be a fun setup. Would love some fish and show you the aquarium.
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Oh man, I wish these could be shipped! I am in the process of building two different styles of hillstream tanks, and these would be perfect! I live in central Illinois, so not really even a day trip to pick some up
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Have the 120p arriving tomorrow.
Big day the tank I have been saving for the last 3 years. It’s a dream tank. Stand from ADG and ADA equipment it will be a fun setup. Would love some fish and show you the aquarium.
It's looking like 1st weekend of June before I'll be back to KY. I could do a little research into shipping costs but wouldn't want to try it before it cools down a bit.
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Oh man, I wish these could be shipped! I am in the process of building two different styles of hillstream tanks, and these would be perfect! I live in central Illinois, so not really even a day trip to pick some up
Same thought as above, I feel pretty confident I could ship younger ones (especially overnight) when things cool off here soon. It makes me feel terrible to leave so many fry in the pond, none have ever overwintered.

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It's looking like 1st weekend of June before I'll be back to KY. I could do a little research into shipping costs but wouldn't want to try it before it cools down a bit.

Same thought as above, I feel pretty confident I could ship younger ones (especially overnight) when things cool off here soon. It makes me feel terrible to leave so many fry in the pond, none have ever overwintered.
I would be more than happy to be a test subject recipient and work with you on this. I'm sure we can figure something out that works well. Things are starting to cool down here into the low 70's for daytime highs, and I have water chillers on both my river tanks now.
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