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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

This is the F2, 4 mo. old fish out of a full green male from Bill Carwile crossed into my Gorski green females. Paul Gorski was my mentor and judging board chair for 26 years. His greens were from Mike Regent’s greens via Mike Lastella out of New York in the 1980s. That’s pretty much a 40-year history of the fish. They will not be fully developed until 8 months old.  Since most of the show season has been canceled I can sell some of these.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

HB Pastels

This is the sire of my next generation of HB pastels.

These are some of his offspring.  He has sired over 500 fry for me.

The video is of the Grand offspring of the HB Pastel Male in the above photo.  All my HB Pastel males now carry his Y chromosome.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Green Deltas

More of the Gorski Green Deltas 3/28/2013

Gorski Green Deltas 3/28/2013 - Very few people have these fish.  They go all the way back to Mike Regent's original Apple Greens via Mike Lastella.  Mike Lastella was 5 time winner of grand male overall.  I received these from Paul Gorski in 2004.  Some very original American stock.

Tom Allen Greens
I always get strong, large fish out of Tom Allen's stock.  He has some of the oldest American genetics in the country, much of it unpolluted by crossing to foreign fish.  I crossed the males he sent me to my Gorski Green females.  Note the excellent body shape, depth of the body and peduncles.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hb Purples

Half Black Purples

Here are a couple photos of my HB Purple line.  I have kept them since 1997.

Third Best of Show at the 2012 IFGA Annual Show

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Catalpa leaves

The IFGA Annual show is in 3 weeks.  Just received a new order of Cattapa leaves to help condition the males.  The botanicals that diffuse from the leaves into the water help to prevent fin splits and infections.  Also helps to enrich the colors, especially greens, probably due to the tannins released into the water.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Multi-Colored Strain

New Multis:   As defined by the IFGA standards, a multi-colored guppy is determined by three or more colors in the caudal fin.  The least prevalent color must be at least 15% of the the caudal color by surface area. You could have four colors or five as well, as long as three of the colors each were greater than 15% of the caudal surface area.  I had a very coarse patterned multi line for years, which I lost during a series of moves.  In the last year I used three lines to create a new line.  I used a fine a fine patterned snakeskin line and two different lines of a fish sometimes referred to a a Mosaic.  This is one of the males.  He took first place at the 2016 East Coast Guppy Assoc. show in the Multi class.

Some pictures of my old multi line.

Multis – I purchased these from an auction at a New York show in 1993.  They threw large fish with a very bold course pattern.  These have always been on of the hardiest and most fertile guppies in my fish room.  Presumably this is due to the diverse genetics required to produce the many colors and patterns in these fish.  Many of the males have body color markings that resemble those of wild-type guppies.  In 1999, the line produced a sport, a male with a very fine and distinct pattern.  I was able to capture that pattern and now carry the two lines of this strain, the coarse, bold pattern and fine variegated pattern.  Some females will produce both color types in the same drop of fry.  By line breeding the two strains, I am able to maintain and improve both lines.  The only outcross I have made with this line since 1993 was in 1997, I crossed them once to the gold MGO reds to increase the amount of red in them.  Red is still the least predominate color in these fish.  The females come in two colors, brightly colored caudals with streaks opf green, white, and red, and clear colored caudals. Recently, I have broken out a red bicolor and purple bicolor line from these fish.  Their genetic diversity and plasticity never cease to amaze me. These are one of my favorite lines of fish due to their variation in colors, hardiness and fecundity.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Foods and Feeding

I routinely get 95 % hatches from my Artemia cysts.

I attach the clean sieve to a acrylic fish container using a plastic towel clamp.

The shrimp are drained into the nylon sieve using the airline to to shrimp hatchery.  If I use the valve at the bottom of the hatchery, I get too many hatched egg shells in with the shrimp.

In this photo, all the nauplii a collected.

They are rinsed in clean cold water and transferred to a hang on the tank acrylic specimen container.

Next the hatchery is sterilized using one cup of Chlorox in 5 gallons of water and allowed to bubble for 30 minutes

After refilling the hatchery with five gallons of fresh water I add 2 cups of salt (25 tablespoons), 5 tablespoons of Epsom Salt (MGSO4) and 4 1/2 tablespoons of artemia cysts.