Living in Canada puts me at a serious disadvantage when it comes to purchasing fish. The weather and rural distance does not allow me an opportunistic approach for receiving fish. The weather is too brutal, no matter how many precautions are taken, to ensure a fish would be received with quality of health. The fish that I have raised that were bred here are quite hearty and I do believe that breeding locally is the only way to ensure the heartiness of the fish.
Since we are planning to remodel our pond anyways, we plan to adapt it for the purposes of breeding. The last time I looked at the genetics I believe it was 5-7 generations before getting an approximation of the fish I want using a 1-2% holding rate each generation.
This is something that is becoming more possible in my current situation. I don't know if what I am looking for is something that is attributed to a breed particularly. For a while I wanted a veilteil/watonai thing. I know now I want rounded caudals, a thick peduncle, smooth arch in back. As for face features I am really unsure! The two things that crop up first when breeding single tails is the double tail and the telescope eye. I should be able to focus on getting either of those consistent for a while and focusing on the other 'health traits' I want.
this dream of mine will projectedly take 10-15 years.