the question above I can tell that you are not well informed when it
comes to betta color standards. Any of us who intend to breed bettas
will have to do a little homework and get the 411 on what is
desirable as a betta color and what is not. Also all of us will have
to set ourselves goals.
|goals: It is
important to set goals because in many instances it will take
several months, up to several years to achieve them. So to not
waste precious time by getting side tracked, each betta breeder
should write down what she/he intends to accomplish, and note
along the months, their progress, set backs, experiments,
results, etc.... Some breed for finnage, some for color, some
for pattern. You will need to decide what it is you want to go
after. From your question, it appears you are focused on color
so if that is the case it should be your priority.
|color standards: You
will need to learn what the color standards are, as set by the
International Betta Congress. Although you can do whatever you
want, meaning you do not have to comply with IBC standards, they
are here to guide you and to give you a reality check. If you
plan on showing, then you have to understand that all betta
shows are judged by IBC judges according to IBC standards. So if
you are unaware of what they are, your chances of winning a show
are zero to null. If you do not intend to show, you have more
freedom of expression (if I may say) and can experiment and try
to create new color combos. Although there is no right or wrong
in experimenting with betta strains, a sound knowledge of betta
color standards would be a must. For example, red bettas should
not have blue or green iridescence on their bodies or fins. Blue
bettas should have no red in their bodies or fins. In trying to
create say a green bodied betta with red fins, you would need to
play around with genes and in the process might have to work on
getting a lot of blue in a red fish. Although not desirable in
itself, it might be a necessary evil to get to your goal.
|genetic limitations: Another
key ingredients in your success will be to understand how betta
genetics work. I often hear beginners express impossible desires
because they do not understand that the imaginary result they
have in mind would be impossible to achieve (unless they hand
painted their bettas that is LOL - PS: that is a joke). Say for example
you wanted to create a betta with a red body and yellow fins.
This would be impossible because the same gene that causes the
fins to be yellow (non-red gene) would also cause the body to be
yellow. So you could spin your wheels forever trying to create
such a betta and it would just never happen. (well actually
there is a way it could happen, but it would not breed true). So
once again you should do your homework.
|just having fun: If you
just want to have fun and do not care at all of what the bettas
color outcome will be (just want them for pets), then you could
breed whatever to whatever. You will end up with whatever.
Whatever has no market value, no chance of winning a show and
once undesirable colors have been mixed, they are often
impossible to undo (fix later in further generations). So you
could breed red and pink, or multicolors and it wouldn't matter.
If you are aiming for good results, a red and pink would come
from having a layer of blue iridescence on its body (which is a
fault). Not sure what your multicolor looks like, but it might
be a better bet.
As you see, there is no simple
answer to your question, but it gave me a chance to touch on some
important issues, so I hope it helps all of you who are starting in this
wonderful hobby of ours.