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In horses, it's Sire and Dam.

I have seen some betta breeders use Sire and Dame, which is kind of cute, but I'm not really going for cute so much as reputable ...

Is there some established term of use in fish breeding to describe the parents of a spawn, that you guys know of?

I'd really rather not make one up. I am such a stickler. :)

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It's Sire and Dam for dogs and cats as well. I've seen one breeder that uses Sire and Dame for bettas. Probably the same one you've seen Lilli. It always strikes me as a spelling mistake or misunderstanding of the term. Wonder if he realises that it's actually supposed to be Dam not Dame.

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Oh, just another thought tho, Sire and Dam are not actually names of the genders, they mean father and mother, so you would be correct in using them. (eg. Male dog is a dog, female is a bitch, but papers for offspring list them as Sire and Dam.)

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