I tried to produce Blue Galaxies by crossing a Blue Grass strain with my Galaxy Guppies. I figured out that if the snakeskin genes of the Galaxy is a dominant gene, then the snakeskin patterns should appear in the outcome of the crossing.
I was right, the outcome of the cross did result in a few male Guppies that showed the galaxy traits and is washed out in blue. It was exhilarating!
However, these blue guppies only start to appear in the 3rd generation. When I looked at the progeny in F1 of the cross, I was quite disappointed because the fishes that appeared looked nothing like the fishes above. They looked very plain and appeared like normal snakeskin guppies, nothing like galaxies nor the beautiful spotted grass guppies.
I didn’t give up after seeing the results of the F1 generation. After many years of breeding guppies, I understand a thing or two of genetics and told myself to stick it out and do another crossing between the male and female of the F1 generation.
I crossed my fingers hoping for a miracle in the resulting F2 of that cross and with astute patience decided that I will strike the jackpot this time around.
My patience paid off and there in the tank among plain colored guppies, I saw my first Blue Galaxy. I was elated!
I kept the fish for a while and tried to cross it back to another normal colored Galaxy, hoping that some blue galaxy guppies might appear again. No luck this time around, normal colored galaxies appeared.
Due to me having to manage so many tanks and many batches of young, I lost this strain. Sometimes, you just get so bogged down with doing so many things that you lose focus. I don’t know about you but I think I can be over ambitious at times and I lose focus.
Maybe next time, I will try to create the Blue galaxies again. I have seen pictures of the blue galaxy guppies in Japan. I know that this strain can be created but I also know that it will take some time and careful systemic breeding processes to achieve something like this.
If any guppy breeder out there have created a blue galaxy, I would like to buy some fishes from you.
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Happy guppy breeding!