Posted 24 April 2008 - 03:11 PM
To start off, most of the breeders whose articles I’ve read agree that the dragons’ genetics still aren’t fully understood. Many believe that they were initially developed by crossing betta splendens with wild betas that are heavily metallic.
V. Parnell, aka Bettysplendens, crossed betta splendens with imbellis and mahachai a while back to produce what she called her Armadillo line, which also have very heavy layers of metallic iridescence, so reading her article on those should be helpful and interesting to those curious about dragons.
This is the general consensus I've gotten from various breeders' articles and posts: If you breed a dragon to another dragon, all offspring will be dragons, with varying degrees of thickness of the metallic. Crossing a dragon with a non-dragon will yield fish with some of the “dragon scaling”, but not as heavy as a full dragon. You should, in theory, be able to spawn the offspring that show the heaviest dragon scaling, then spawn the best of those, and within a couple of generations get back to dragons.
I have no personal experience with breeding dragons myself (which is about to change, curse you Aquabid), so my information has been gathered here and there from a lot of sources. If anyone has links to resources, knows any of what I’ve posted to be untrue, or would just like to chime in with their own experiences and observations, please speak up.
Posted 15 May 2009 - 07:43 AM
You have to cross dragon to HM/HMPK to have 180 deg. caudal spread.
Posted 15 May 2009 - 07:51 AM
Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:22 AM
Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:36 AM
I have seen many nice dragons..long fin and short fin.. they are classified as metallics in the U.S... and how well they were colored would have an impact on their placement at a show as well as the coloration on the turquoise that I have.
Dragons were popular a couple of years ago and seem to have a second life.. Its just a betta with a different jacket on.. I saw a traditional dragon the other day.. one of the best traditionals I have seen in a while.. reminded me of the Black by Dong... elegant but strong.
Maybe the people you know breed only for color.. and not for structure..
Posted 25 June 2009 - 07:40 PM
His shape is good and his tail is wonderful.
If you show these, what they generally look for is the 'dragon' scales-which are just the opaque iridescent scales on its body.
Saying that, mine would not be a good show fish since he has some of those opaque scales missing (genetically, not from injuries), but he is a good breeder.
The dragon gene is recessive from what I know of, so if you want to keep it clean make sure you breed with other dragons.
female with a bit of dragon, but not full body
Posted 12 September 2009 - 01:18 PM
Posted 12 September 2009 - 02:43 PM
this is the original picture, but i guess its the flash and lighting for some reason
Edited by OrcaPrincess, 12 September 2009 - 10:55 PM.
Posted 12 September 2009 - 06:12 PM
Posted 12 September 2009 - 06:17 PM
Posted 12 September 2009 - 06:18 PM
Here is a blue dragon pair for sale on betty splendens's site for comparison. http://bettysplenden...?articleid=3232
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