Royal blue HM PK

(Betta Territory, NL)
Metallic blue/red HM PK

(Donny Adriaens, Belgium)
Metallic blue black lace HM PK

(Markus Bache, Germany)
Dame: Metallic blue HM PK
F1, BT010111A
(Betta Territory, The Netherlands)

The Sire is a metallic blue HMPK bred by Markus Bache from Germany. The Sire has a very strong body and balanced appearance, a nice D-shaped caudal fin, a broad-based dorsal (13-ray) and a nicely parallel anal fin. The weak point of this fish is his topline which needs a lot of improvement. The Dame is metallic blue HM PK with a strong body and a nice thick peduncle. Her caudal has a good shape and spread, the anal is nicely parallel and the dorsal has a good broad base (12-ray). Her smooth topline nicely compensates for that of the male.
With this cross I hope to fix the strong bodies, broad dorsals and quality finnage in my iridescent HM PK line. The offspring (F2) will be metallic blue HM PKs which a chance of black lace based iridescent fish popping up. Based on the width of the dorsal fins, there is a chance of DTs popping up.

The Dame is also mother of: BT060811


17/10/11: The pair spawned!
18/10-/11: The fry hatched.
20/10/11: The fry entered the free-swimming stage. Removed the male.
21/10/11: The fry is feeding well on BBS.
26/11/11: Fry moved to a bigger grow-out tank.
03/12/11: The fry is now 7 weeks old:


08/12/11: Some more pictures:


20/12/11: The fry is now 9 weeks old. The fry shows a clear metallic influence and some have started to marble.


30/12/11: 10 weeks old.


11/01/12: Last week I jared the first four males from this spawn, now 12 weeks old. Some of the fry seem to have inherited, besides a metallic effect, a "dragon" influence from the male. Some fish do show a slight tendency to a "spoonhead" but it already is a bit step forward in comparison to their father.


28/01/12: Two jarred males, now 14 weeks old.


07/02/12: Two promising males and females now 16 weeks old:


23/02/12: 18 weeks old:


23/04/12: Six males and two females of this spawn were send to the 1st Betta Freaks Show in Frechen Germany. Four of them won a prize:
- 1st Asymmetrical HM PK male class - Unicolor (iridescent)
- 3rd Asymmetrical HM PK male class - Unicolor (iridescent)
- 5th Asymmetrical HM PK male class - AOC
- 2nd HMPK female class - All Colors
02/09/12: One HMPK female of this spawn was send to the Holland Betta Show 2012 in Arcen, The Netherlands and won a prize.
- 3rd Halfmoon Plakat females - Iridescent

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