Originally Posted by JadeSparrow
sorry if this was answered earlier in the thread but how would you determine the number of rays? I'm a newbie at labeling fish, I know I have a vt but was just curious how you can count the rays.
it's not the number of rays you count, it's the number of branches in each individual ray. look at your fish (when he's calm and stationary) and visually trace a ray from the base of his tail and look for splits. a veiltail should only have one split, resulting in two branches, but deltas and halfmoons have anywhere from 4 to 32 branches per ray (32 being a SERIOUS feathertail situation up in the joint)