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Breeding Strategies guppy

Breeding Strategies guppy

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Breeding Objectives
Breeding guppies takes no special skills, simply leaving a male and femaleguppy in a tank together will produce results, but breeding superior fish withvery fixed qualities of colour, finnage and vigour is a different matter.Quality requires great deication, detailed record keeping, the ability to makesound judgements based on your results and a degree of luck for therandom nature of genetics.Your prime objectives should be producing fish in good health and vigour.There is sure to be a compromise between health and your desiredcharacteristics but never allow that to happen unless there are no otheroptions you can make.In which case make health the priority once you'veacheived your characteristic objective.
imit Your Objectives
s an ambition breeder you will have many goals, but try to limit your to afew at first. You may want to improve fins and coloration, as well as haveexamples of the different varieties. But the more varied your goals the lesssuccess you may have with colour, fins, vigour or conformation. Once anunderstanding of genetics is gained this comment will be appreciated,especially when it comes down to the large number of offspring taht wouldbecome involved. Keep it simple at first. It is important if you keep anumber if varieties in the same display tank to concentrate your breedingprogram on a small number of objectives. Remeber if you do keep a mixedvariety display tank that you shouldn't use the females from that tank forbreeding.
number one rule that is important to remember is that a femaleguppy is able to store sperm that can be used to fertilize numerous broodsYou'll never be able to be sure of the father unless you use a virgin femalewith a specific male. This fact makes guppy breeding more complicated thatbreeding any other animals.
chieving Objectives
There are two ways in which you can go about improving your guppies. Oneis by assessing a number of feature together, then selecting from those fishthat meet your overall standard. The other is to concentrate on one or twofeatures at a time, then concentrate on other features only when the desiredresult in the former is acheived. Progress is slower when you you aredeveloping a number of features than if you limit your results to one or two.But either option achieves your objectives. Its your choice, but its alwaysbest to start simply. When tandem breeding ( one feature at a time) is yourmethod, be careful that, in moving to the next stage of your priorities,undue deterioration in the standard of the feature has been improved uponand is not a consequence. To limit the possibilities of this happening a "
"breeding program is encouraged but there are other methods you can use.
Breeding Techniques.
ine Breeding/
ine Crossing:
This method is also a form of inbreeding,however here you start by keeping the fry from two females (either fromyour new trio or chosen fry from a drop) separate, so that they form twodistinct lines. Since you cannot mix batches, this takes more tanks. It is bestto choose breeders differently for each line; for instance, in one line, youmay pursue a large body mass, and with the other, you may concentrate onfinnage. The purpose is to help maintain your established strain, since eachline becomes distinct and more distantly related; also, you can have yourown two lines to cross occasionally. When you want to increase the size inyour fish, for instance, or make an outcross to avoid too much inbreeding,taking someone else's line to do this with is risky and you may loose thetraits in your line that you have worked hard to achieve, as well as loosingthe homozygous quality of your guppies.
This is basically keeping a strain pure. The fish are kept

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