I love blue bettas. I always have. However, over time my focus has been drawn into the flashier multicolors and marbles because they are so colorful and abundant. I was lucky to have a gorgeous royal blue female fall into my hands thanks to a good friend and decided it was time to get back to my first goal which was solid blues. I found a very nice turquoise male on http://www.siamimbellis.com and imported him and now have a spawn between these two lovely fish. I’m extremely excited to find out what comes from this pairing.If you haven’t read up on your blue genetics, or, like me, are a little rusty here’s a run down on the basic genetics. There are three types of blue; royal, steel, and turquoise. I should get 50% royal blue fish and 50% turquoise fish from this pairing. If I were to spawn a royal to a royal I should get 100% royals which is the direction I plan to head in my F2. In my experience though these fish don’t like to follow the genetic rules so we will see what actually does pop out. I know the female carries marble and has produced some nice patterned fish but I do not know what the male carries so I could end up with marbles or butterflies in this spawn.
Up until now my spawns have always had large die offs and I usually end up with 20 fish or less. Currently out of 3 combined spawns I only have 15 fish to show for it. My good friend Jay Loo of Hellacious Halfmoons who has the green thumb when it comes to growing bettas is putting up with me and my incessant questions on exactly how he does things from free swimming to jarring so I can hopefully keep this very large spawn of blues alive to adulthood. As of right now we are at day 7 and looking good. I will update periodically with how these guys are doing and eventually post pictures once they’re big enough for my camera to see.
I also have a spawn of multicolor marble plakats that are the same age as these blues. I plan to mix these two spawns at 2 or 3 weeks old and raise them together. Saves me tank space and water changes but the fish are easy to tell apart so I still know who came from whom.
Keep an eye out this fall for some beautiful blue Moon River Bettas hitting the show circuit! Until next time…
Just Keep Swimmin’