We got him mid-December, and he was much darker, almost a blood red, with just white on his fins. Since then, he has lightened up in the body, while the fins have retained the darker red, and the white part of his fins has acquired a thick teal iridescence that looks like black-light is shining on him. I wasn't able to get photos of him when we truly first got him, and it's difficult to get a true capture of his color. He isn't as bright, crayola orange-red as these photos. His real coloring is more of a dusky brick red-orange (except his fins, those are more like blood red).
First up- about 2 weeks in our care, finally adding him to the tank. Note fins and body same color and very little iridescence, it was first starting to develop.
This one is late January. Note how much thicker the iridescence is and how the body has lightened while the fins have darkened.
Here he is a few weeks ago, lying in wait for unsuspecting platy or molly fry. He will curl up on this rock or the ship or against a leaf and go motionless, ready to pounce.
Hiding from me during a photo shoot. He is very shy. This one is probably most true to color, if you look past the shadow. His body is noticably more orange than his fins, and definitely lighter. He was bloated from eating the fry. Had to fast him several days.
Not a good shot, he was zooming past. He really hates the camera. This is the most recent I think, maybe a week and a half ago?
Thanks for looking! So excited to share his pics!