Flamenco Dancer

  Picture: Flamenco Dancer roundtail guppy

My latest project is the Flamenco Dancer. A japanese article made me interested in this amazing breed.

Picture: Flamenco Dancer

During a stay in the USA I had the oppotunity to acquire a trio of this strain from the breeder Tomoko Young from Honolulu. Tomoko must have good connections to Japan where this mutation was observed first. Flamenco Dancer guppies are quite popular in Japan since 2002.

Picture: Flamenco Dancer

As easily seen on the pictures, the Flamenco Dancer is a member of the metallic family with a with a strong touch of blue. Some people speculate that it may be a mutation of the autosomal recessive gene Stoerzbach Metallic. Another interesting feature is that the the basic color pink was involved in the development of the strain. At the moment I (amoung others: especially Tomoko is working a lot on this field) am trying to persue testcrosses to unravel the genetic makeup of this strain.


The first Flamenco X Flamenco babies are out and develop really nice! A slight blue metallic colouring is already visible. 

Picture: Flameco Dancer F1  

Here are some new pictures of the F1. There are two slightly different types of offspring as far as I can say now. One has a more Japan Blue like coloring, the other is still the metallic blue that completely covers the whole body.


In addition I have the impression that the mood depending moscow like coloration on the forebody is more present in the metallic type. Maybe a hint that some moscow blood is inside these fishes.

F1 Testcross

The F1 Testcross fishes between male flamenco dancers and female grey snakeskin and grey halfblack black all show the moscow trait. It remains to wait for the F2 sister to brother cross.


F2 Testcross

The F2 sister to brother cross was only done for the snakeskin testcross. The halfblack testcross individuals had a very bad fin shape. The F2 gave three different types of offspring: First there was an almost perfect moscow like fish with snakeskin pattern on the caudal fin, second there was a moscow like fish with a red washed roundtail and the third type was a very interesting metal blue fish with white-blue caudal and dorsal fins. Here is a picture of the only individual I kept of this type:

I stopped breeding these nice fishes since my new job and some other projects occupy my whole time at the moment. But I am pretty sure that I'll return to these beautiful fishes some day.