BT270114  
     
   
Royal blue HM PK

(Ivenbettas, Singapore)
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Metallic (royal) blue HM PK
(Betta Territory, NL)
           
 
 
   
Sire:
Turquoise HM PK
F1, BT150613
(Betta Territory, The Netherlands)
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Dame:
Steel blue HM PK

(Iven Bettas, Singapore)
   
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The Sire is a turquoise HMPK with a strong body and smooth topline. The caudal fin has a >180 degree spread (althought the branching is pretty heavy). The front rays of the dorsal fin could be a bit longer and the base ideally could be a bit broader. The anal fin has a good shape for an asymmetrical HMPK although I personally like to see it a bit more parallel to the body. The Dame is a non-metallic steel blue HMPK with a nice torpedo shaped body, smooth topline and balanced finnage (D-shaped caudal and pretty parallel anal fin although the dorsal fin ideally could be a bit broader at the base). 
With this cross I hope to create a strong base in order to work towards a quality line of non-metallic iridescent fish with strong bodies, smooth topline and balanced finnage.
The offspring (F1) will be non-metallic royal blue HMPKs. 

   
 
 
   

28/01/14: The pair spawned. Eggs in the nest.
29/01/14: The fry hatched. Seems to be a small spawn.
31/01/14: The fry entered the free-swimming stage. Removed the male.
02/02/14: The fry is feeding well on vinegar eels and BBS.
20/03/14: As expected the fry all royal blue.
22/03/14: Fry is now 8 weeks old and transferred to a bigger grow-out tank.

   
   
   

13/05/14: Fry is now 14 weeks old.

   
   
   

07/07/14: 23 weeks old.

   
 
 
   

18/08/14: Four fish (2 males, 2 females) of this spawn were send to the Holland Betta Show 2014 in Arcen, The Netherlands. Two of them won a prize:
- 1st M2 Asymmetrical HMPK male class - Unicolor darkbody
- 1st F2/F3 Halfmoon plakat female class - Unicolor & Reserve Best of Show Female

   
   
   

29/08/14: Stunning female from this spawn now 30 weeks old. Look at that amazing caudal fin!

   
   
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