Melano PK
(Josip Kevari, Austria)
Copper PK
(Jan Zinserling, Austria)
Royal blue melano HM
(Siamimbellis, Thailand)
Steel blue
(Betta Territory, NL)
(Metallic) Melano PK
(Bettina Sperl, Germany)
Steel blue SD
F2, BT031215
(Betta Territory, The Netherlands)



The Sire is a (metallic) melano PK was a kind gift of Bettina Sperl from Germany. Despite his age (>1.5 years) a very vital fish with a nice torpedo-shaped body and smooth topline. The caudal has a 180 degree spread at the base but still needs some work towards a D-shape (points of attention are longer outer rays an a more uniform branching). The anal has a good trapezoid shape with a nice gradual slope. The dorsal is uniform rounded and ideally could have a bit more volume. The ventrals have a nice length with single tips (bit more volume could be added here). The Dame is steel blue SD which is carrier of melano black as well as shortfin. She has a nice bodyshape and a caudal fin with nice long outer rays. The dorsal has a nice broad base (first rays slightly short). The anal is nicely parallel to the body.
With this cross I hope to get some shortfinned melano offspring with strong bodies, smooth topline and balanced finnage.
The offspring (F1) can be both long- and shortfinned. Colorwise they will be (metallic) steel blue based and carrying melano although there already is a good chance some melano black will pop up. 


01/05/16: The pair spawned, there is a big clutch of eggs in the nest.
02/05/16: The fry hatched, nice big spawn.
04/05/16: The fry entered the free-swimming stage. Removed the male.
05/05/16: The fry is feeding well on vinegar eels and BBS.
25/05/16: 4 weeks old.


29/06/16: The fry is now 9 weeks old. Looks like there are several melano blacks.


05/07/16: 10 weeks old. Moved the melano black fry to a seperate grow-out in order to promote a better outgrowth.


08/08/16: 14 weeks old.


15/08/16: 15 weeks old. Two young melano HMPK males within 24h after jarring. Bodysize only 2-2.5 cm but already very eager to flare! First melano HMPKs since january 2011 bred in my fishroom, very excited!!


21/0/16: Four young melano HMPK males, now 21 weeks old. Formwise there still is quite some work to do but I see potential to work with.


05/11/16: Potential breeding pair now 27 weeks old.

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