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Post  egbar guppies on Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:04 pm

I am thinking of starting a strain of blonde guppies (not red blonde) and would like to find some good stock. In your travels to guppy breeder
fish rooms, shows and auctions, if you run across anybody who runs a line or 2 of them, would you let me know? plain blondes are not very popular as show fish but good to cross to make some interesting AOC fish and I think some of the breeders who show heavily must run a line or several of these
in their fish rooms to make some of the colorful crosses possible. Got my antennae out to scout a couple of blonde lines and bring them to my new improved fish room. thanks for keeping your eyes open. oh, as a PS : I'd rather avoid lines which have the geissen/ long fin trait.

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Post  jikin junkie on Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:57 pm

I have vienna blonds but they are not delta tails but lower swords. They are very pale with a few spots of color. I don't know if that is what you are looking for?
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Post  egbar guppies on Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:43 pm

yes, that pale yellowish color but with delta tails. sometimes they have light blue or red edged tails depending on their genetics, but the most useful are the blondes with no body spots and which have clear tails. I know they exist but they are not generally sold on breeder websites or aquabid and the like because so few people buy them. not interesting to look at, too plain. they are very useful for breeding aoc show guppies however. Bronze guppies are another color strain used in this way, to affect certain color changes in a strain. Both can attain very large size, also desirable for outcross use.

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Post  jikin junkie on Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:00 pm

Could an albino type of some kind work? If it were the same as the line you were working with such as albino snakeskin etc? I don't think I've ever seen blondes like that offered for sale. The Missouri guppy show is coming up, they will have an auction at the end. That might be your best bet to find them. I'm not certain I'll be able to go but I think Mark is planning on it. I'll keep my eyes open as I often lurk on aquabid and ebay. Very Happy
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Post  egbar guppies on Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:13 am

I don't think I'll get the same effect with albinos as I would using blondes, and the red eyes give me the creeps ! albinos seem to age too fast, sometimes have fertility problems... There is a very interesting red eye albino red snake line available from time to time on aquabid. I may eventually have to set up a separate tank, but those are not what I am after for genetic results at the moment.
Blondes are almost never offered on the internet sales, certainly never from private breeders who show. Having access to somebody's fish room, one might spot a couple of tanks of them though. I will need to talk to individual breeders and see if I can get them to save some to sell to me instead of discarding them. In some strains a certain percentage of blondes are to be expected.
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in time for the Gateway show, but don't know what my schedule will be like, depending on the sale (or not) of the house, so that will have to be
a last minute thing. I'll try to go if I can, I agree that would be my best bet for now. thanks!

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