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I have a new turquoise butterfly CT!


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Guess what I picked up at a LFS today for $15? An damn fine turquoise BF CT! He has a perfect BF pattern, appropriate length anal fin, and not a bad caudal!

I already have plans to try a cross with Butterfly (copper BF OHMPK) to try and improve the caudal. There will have to be an intermediate generation of combtails, but I can deal with that!

He's just settling in now so no photos, I will try and post a photo of him in due course.

In keeping with the breeding Plan, he'll need a name that can double as a strain name. The other males are Blacksmith, Goldsmith and Smith. Justine suggested "Mason". I was thinking "Quicksilver", although he's not silver... but it sort of connotes how CTs move. Any other suggestions? <_<

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Jealousy is an ugly emotion, so I'm looking quite disgusting right now! All the crowntails I've seen in LFS lately have been spindly raggy looking things. I need to go back to someone's for a fix.

Ok, I'm over the jealous, CONGRATS! I'm glad to hear you'll be working on the crowntails, I'm sure we can improve the lines we have here dramatically in with a bit of team effort. Look forward to a nice photo!

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If you wanted to stick with the Quicksilver name - why not extend it to Quicksilver Smith (as in silversmith).

Otherwise there are a few others such as copper smith (copper goes a greenish colour when it corrodes) but this clashes with a copper coloured fish.

Or perhaps a crown line... Turquoise Crown, Ruby Crown, Gold Crown... maybe too corny for a Crowntail though...

What about... nah.. forget that ...

How about a Star line (as in the tail shows points of a many pointed star) ... Green Star, Ruby Star, Star lite, Star bright, Diamond Star, Golden Star... etc etc....

I give up... out of ideas... :)

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I like Silversmith ... except he's not actually silver, LOL!

Hmm, I am liking the star idea!!! But maybe I could take that a step further and name him after a constellation - like Orion, Centaurus, Delphinus (quite like that one as he is similar in colour to delphiniums). Ooh, Hydra is a constellation. He kind of looks like a Hydra - but that's sort of a girly name.

Draco is a constellation but that's been done, hasn't it? OH! Reticulum is the name of a constellation! LOL, the rough endoplasmic reticulum was always my favourite part of cell diagrams in biology :).

Sculptor is a constellation, which is kind of in keeping with the concept of the various "smiths". Caelum (SEE-lum) means "Engraving Tool" which is also consistent with the smiths.

Musca's a constellation whose translation is "fly", which is consistent with Butterfly, Dragonfly et al - but we were really trying to keep the bug names for the girls so that one's probably not a contender :) . Crux is the Southern Cross, which would be apt too, since we're starting a line of Aussie CTs' ... Decisions! LOL!

I am leaning toward Delphinus (due to his colour), Caelum or Sculptor (in keeping with the Smiths) or Crux (acknowledging the Australian breeding).

Calla, what do you reckon, any views?

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Lets keep the -smith style to the HM/HMPK and lets go with stars/constellations for the CTs :) It seems fitting that they have their own special name codes :)

ugh, I just had -star thoughts. Brightstar, Singstar, Northstar... quick! pick a constellation before I get carried away!

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Here are the official 88 constellations and their meanings.

Piscis Austrinus means Southern Fish... Austrinus = Southern Australis (as in Terra Australis) = South

Perhaps a series of names....

Astrinus Draco = Southern Dragon

Astrinus Star = Southern Star

Astrinus Sky = Southern Sky

Astrinus Beauty

Astrinus Beau

Astrinus Legend

Astrinus Knight

Astrinus Rider

Astrinus Lights

Astrinus etc etc...

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I kind of like the simplicity of Crux. So we could have Crux Butterflies - which is poetic enough. Crux Beetles would be odd ... but we could just go with the "Crux line" if a line ever does develop from him :).

Sorry Stefan, a bare numerical system just doesn't butter my parsnips :P. I guess it's because I think of breeding bettas as an art rather than a science :)

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I only name the parents, LOL! Abbey has a code for all the fry. It's actually been quite handy to be able to say "Goldsmith x Dragonfly" rather than "the gold dragon HMPK x the red dragon HM", though :).

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Ah, the marble gene :). This fish is no longer a blue butterfly. He's now got pretty blue and black streaks into the white pattern. He's starting to resemble Mel's Emo except he still has a turquoise body.

He is still so pretty. I'm yet to make a serious effort at trying to photograph him. It's difficult in the tank he's in because it's close to a window and gets a lot of reflection, even with the blinds drawn :love:. I could try a photo tank but I rarely have time to even feed all the fish let alone move them and wait for them to stop sulking then shoot off 400 photos trying to get a good one, lol. Maybe one night I can get some film of him though :)

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