So.... I have a copper black orchid male and a steel (but looks more BLUE blue depending on the light) black orchid male.
Can someone explain to me why these fish are called "orchid?" I can't find it in the literature anywhere, and I know it's not a recognized IBC color (though i THINK i can show their offspring in the "any other color" category? The standards are not entirely clear), but i LOVE these fish, and obviously I'm going to breed them, so I'd like to know more about the color. Are they a Melano derivative? If i had to guess at the genetics, i'd say they are since the bodies are a deep velvet black, and the fins on my boys are also a deep velvet black (where they aren't iridescent)...
So yea! Someone please explain the color to me? I'd like to know how it works and how true it breeds and things like that.
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