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Steel blue grizzle HM PK
(Ivenbettas, Singapore)
 
Royal blue HM PK
(Ivenbettas, Singapore)
 
Turquoise HM PK
(Betta Territory, NL)
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Steel blue HM PK
(Ivenbettas, Singapore)
   
 
 
   
Sire:
Royal blue HM PK
F1, BT291213
(Betta Territory, The Netherlands)
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Dame:
Royal blue HM PK
F1, BT270114
(Betta Territory, The Netherlands)
   
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The Sire is a non-metallic royal blue HMPK with a good bodyshape with a smooth topline. He has a nicely big D-shaped caudal fin, nice anal fin and matching single-tipped ventrals. The dorsal has a pretty good shape but ideally the base could be a bit broader and the front rays a bit longer. The Dame is a royal blue with an nice long body and smooth topline. She has an amazingly shaped caudal fin with nicely long outer rays and sharp corners. Her dorsal has a good shape, the anal fin is nicely parallel and the ventrals are of good length and volume.
With this cross I hope to fix the strong bodies, smooth topline and balanced finnage.
The offspring (F1) will likely be darkbody non-metallic turquoise, steel blue and royal blue based HMPKs although there is a chance of lightbodied (grizzle) fish as well. 

   
 
 
   

30/08/14: The pair spawned. Eggs in the nest.
31/08/14: The fry hatched. Seems to be a decent sized spawn.
02/08/14: The fry entered the free-swimming stage. Removed the male.
10/10/14: 6 weeks old.

   
   
   

08/11/14: 10 weeks old. I culled a few rosetails which popped up in the spawn. For educational purposes here a few pictures showing the normal fish in the left and the rosetail siblings on the right.

   
 
 
   

28/11/14: 13 weeks old.

   
   
   

12/01/14: 19 weeks old. Kept 2 grizzle HMPK males and females from this spawn. Here is one of them:

   
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