ForestJenn Posted July 15, 2020 Share Posted July 15, 2020 (edited) I've mentioned elsewhere on the forum that my 11 year old son is interested in breeding Bristlenose. After a lot of research, he wanted a male long fin green dragon and two super red females. (I think he was hoping to get long fin super reds out of the mix.) I hemmed and hawed because I wasn't certain if he'd be raising cross-beeds or hybrids. Plus I had this nightmare vision of producing hundreds of fish that no one else would want because they weren't one thing or the other. We stopped by Aquarium Co-op today to see the long fin green dragons and my son had lots of questions. Over the course of the conversation, he (we) learned a lot. The staff members confirmed that the long fin green dragon and the super red are the same species. BUT! They also confirmed my concern that he'd be producing mutt fish and that getting a store to take them might be more difficult. They talked about breeding ages, sex determination and gave him encouragement. By the time we left the store he had decided: 1. That he would stick with one variety for now 2. That he can be patient and wait for the two young fish we picked up today mature. 3. That he can maybe start a different breeding project in the interim. Maybe Endlers? All of this happened because the staff at the store took him seriously, were knowledgeable and were willing to share that knowledge. One short visit ended up being a super positive experience and a bit of an adventure (which is exactly what he needs right now!) They also saved us some potential heartache and frustration down the road. (They also sold us two instead of the one I promised my son. What can I say? I was happy, the price was right and the fish are cool!) Edited July 15, 2020 by ForestJenn Added missing word 12 1 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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