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Last year I had a few open aquarium and decided to add another aquarium fish into the fishroom to work with. I ended up picking the cherry barb due to their color and size, plus the fact they can't cross breed to any of my current fish.

I started by going around to my local fish store and buying every veiltail cherry barb I could find. I ended up picking up 25 fish from 3 location. I let all 25 fish age out for 6 more month before I picked my breeder, that'll give the fish a chance to recover and be at their best. 

There was 2 deformity that I found within the 25 fish. Most of them had kink on their top tailfin. The really bad one went back to lfs.

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the other problem is the hump or bad body conformation 

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I don't work with color til the very end, until I get their conformation right.

Out of the 25 I found 2 ok male and a very nice female

This male had an ok conformation, looks like the hump is about to start or show. I liked how much tailfin he had and how straight it was

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this female was perfect in everywhere great conformation and great tail. She was the only female I used and was my foundation. Screenshot_20240616_223639_Gallery.jpg.f42f84f07abee62990dc05f6e39f2f6d.jpg

 

none of their babies carry the thick tail over, such a shame. 

but here is the next generation, their conformation is a bit better, not perfect. The tail looks ok, still weak.

I pickup the high dorsal gene so they will be going that direction. 

Here's a photo bomb of the future breeder

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