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My partner has decided to start breeding show guppies. I picked her up a trio of these but cant work out what exactly they are... (They were just sold as guppy trio).

Photo doesnt do them justice either

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Looks to me like red grass male and blue grass female, try to get a pair that match otherwise they won't breed true and will be like all other mixed guppies.

I may be wrong but I'm fairly sure.

Cheers mick

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[MENTION=231]gingerbeer[/MENTION] do they every breed true?

To me a pure strain should, i have spent over $500 on trios and pairs of guppies that are supposed to be pure but they don't breed true so now they are all in a mixed tank.

I would only sell strains that breed true to colour and form.

Cheers mick

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oh really? ... kind of annoying they aren't the same breed as they were sold as a trio from somewhere i believe is pretty reputable... ill grab a photo of the other female too just incase.

payed 40 bucks for this trio... did i just get ripped?

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I'm leaning towards red mosiac guppy which like bluegrasses, will throw out a mix of blues and reds.

Grass guppies will have much 'grass seed' dots, the finer the better. You will also get a mix of mosiac-like dots when the dots are intertwined in lower quality stock but yeah imo, what you have are mosaics

Link to my bluegrasses to compare

http://www.qldaf.com/forums/photography-video-lounge-23/some-pics-my-htd-bluegrass-guppies-76760/

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so be real with me, are the low quality pretty ehh sorta guppies?

If my partner (a.k.a most likely me) is going to invest a lot of time in these I want to do it properly and of a high standard. I was lead to believe these were of good quality.

You can't polish a turd so I would rather invest money in the early stages in quality stock.

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so be real with me, are the low quality pretty ehh sorta guppies? If my partner (a.k.a most likely me) is going to invest a lot of time in these I want to do it properly and of a high standard. I was lead to believe these were of good quality. You can't polish a turd so I would rather invest money in the early stages in quality stock.

Personally have never been into mosaics so can't comment on colour/pattern but otherwise they certainly look like quality fish to me, nice dorsals & half-moon like tails desismileys_3334.gif

Can I ask what were they purchased as?

Also regarding the polishing of turd, myth busted! :behindsofa:

Edited by netty_3164

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I agree with Netty. They're a red mosaic guppy. They have very nice halfmoon tails. Don't be fooled by the blue on the females fins. I have redgrass guppies, males are red, females are blue, and in the 2 years that I have had them, they've never thrown a bluegrass. That's not to say that yours won't, which isn't a bad thing, just means you can separate the two colours and line breed both colours. I'm pretty sure I know where you got them from, as I was in that shop a couple of days ago and was told a lovely trio of these had just been sold.

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Thanks everyone... Think you have hit the nail on the head with red mosaic. Did a quick search and the male looks next to identical to these ones:

Keen to see what these poop out and then line breeding them :) hopefully will get some blues so i can do as you suggested donny... But can continue to line breed the reds as well (as the staple until i perfect the blue/pirple/red transition.

Exciting :)

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I have had them before. They throw reds and blues, but only that, hence breed true.

Sorry I don't agree, it's like a chilli endler throwing black bars, or a longfin bn throwing short fin they are both the same fish but not breeding true.

Cheers mick

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Will soon find out... My females nice and fat now so should have babies soon...

If blues are present ill line breed them seperate to the reds and see if i can get two distinct lines... Is that correct?

You'd never guess this is my partners project would you....

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You should be able to get two distinct lines, it may take a few generations.

So are you going to be showing your partner what to do or are you doing everything?

My wife's marine tank is the same, her tank but I look after it lol.

Cheers mick

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Haha yer its the same... her tank but i will most likely end up doing everything xD she is pretty excited now but that will fade after the first time she has to do a water change xD

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