There is an estimate of over 20,000 genes involved
in a Betta. Below are probable outcomes. However, you must
remember that recessive genes can rear their ugly (or pretty) head
at any time. Also remember nothing is written in stone. We are learning
about them everyday. Keep an open mind, a detailed log of your experiences,
patience, and more importantly have fun.
Opaque x Opaque = Opaque (possibly
some varying degrees of red wash)
Opaque x Yellow = Ivory Opaque
Opaque x Royal Blue, Turquoise Green, Steel = You will
get Royal Blue Opaques, Turquoise Green Opaques and Steel Opaques.
Alll will carry varying degrees of the Opaque factor. Therefore,
they may appear mostly Opaque or any shade in between the Solid
color and the Opaque. This is a good way of introducing the
"dt" gene into Opaques
Opaque x Red = All Red, and not an advisable cross. If
you are looking to clean up your Opaques, you don't want red
wash. However, their are some breeders experimenting with a
"Pink" strain from this type of crossing.
Opaque x Pastel Grizzled = Not a good mix, since Pastels
are Super-Iridized and Opaques are Chalky
Cambodian x Cambodian = Cambodian
Cambodian x Red = Red
Cambodian x Yellow = Red
Cambodians and Chocolates are derived
from working the Red and Yellow cross down a couple of generations.
Yellow x Yellow = 100% Yellow
(possibly some varying degrees of red wash)
Yellow x Red = All Red, and some
interesting solids: reds, yellows, cambodians, chocolates and
maybe some multi's (if other genes are present) in the F2
Yellow x Cambodian = Cambodian
Yellow x Chocolate = Chocolates (and possibly a Yellow
might pop up)
Yellow x Blue = Multi-colored. You can get some interesting
multi's and solids in F2
Yellow x Green = Multi-colored or Green with red wash
Orange x Orange = Orange
Orange x Black Marble = Orange/Black Butterfly "Halloween".
Not enough is known about this newly identified color strain
(created by Gilbert Limhengco). But as more become available,
we'll know more. Note: Orange is not an IBC recognized color
strain at this time.
||Chocolate x Chocolate
Chocolate x Yellow = Chocolates (and possibly a Yellow might
I have a rarer strain of Chocolates called "Chocolate/Blueberry
Pie". I'm not sure how they came about. But from what I hear,
it's not by crossing a Chocolate to a Royal Blue.
||Pastel Grizzled x Pastel
Grizzled = Pastel Grizzled
Pastel Grizzled x Royal Blue= Blue Pastel Grizzled
Pastel Grizzled x Turquoise Green = Turqouise Green Pastel
T he Grizzled gene is similar to Marble, so many fluctuations
||Red x Anything = Will
usually yield you Red, Red with Heavy Wash or Multi's, as Red
is a very dominant color. And shouldn't be crossed to other colors
without thought going into what you want to produce.
Purple/Yellow x Purple/Yellow = Purple/Yellow
Not enough is known about this
color strain or even if it exists. Some breeders believe it's
simply Spread Iridocytes (Blue) over Red. Since those types
of Purples do not breed true. While others appear to have them
in their growout tanks to take on the task of proving they are
a color strain indeed. I first saw Purple Multi's 15 years ago.
And they are now showing up again (albeit still very rare).
However, I predict solid Purples that breed true in our very
near future. Note: Purple is not an IBC recognized color strain
at this time.
Turquoise Green x Turquoise Green
= 100% Turquoise Green
Turquoise Green x Steel = 100% Royal Blue
Turquoise Green x Black = Black with Iridescent in F1
(if the female is carrying the melano gene)
Royal x Royal = 50% Royal Blue,
25% Steel, 25% Turquoise Green
Royal x Steel = 50% Royal Blue, 50% Steel
Royal x Turquoise Green = 50% Royal Blue, 50% Turquoise
Royal x Red = An inadvisable cross, since they'll be
lots of red wash to contend with.
Royal x Black = Black with Iridescent in F1 (if the female
is carrying the melano gene)
||Steel x Steel = 100%
Steel x Royal = 50% Royal Blue, 50% Steel
Steel x Turquose = 100% Royal Blue
Black Male (Melano) x Steel Female
= 50% Black Melano and 50% Steel. Remember there will be Black
Melano females in that 50% Black Melano count. And the Black
Melano female is infertile.
Black Lace x Black Lace = 100% Black Lace
Black Lace x Black Melano = You will get multi's in F1,
unless both of the different Blacks carries the genes for the
other Black. In F2, they both will
be carriers of the others genes.