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Old 07-11-2013, 07:26 PM   #1 
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Solid reds are non iridescent colours and must have the colour spread evenly over the body. A clean red is desirable, without iridescent colours and no fading.
Reds range in hue from beautiful, vermillion reds to deep crimson and red/brown colours. The quality of the colour varies among strains, with most red Bettas showing some iridescence or other colours to some degree.Any opaque overlay detracts from a good red, giving rise to muted reds and pinks.

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A brilliant cherry red is most desired in red Betta splendens without any iridescence or opaque colour to mask the solid red.
The Red Loss factor causes Bettas that are red as juveniles to lose that colour as the mature. This factor is present in Cambodians and in yellows and apricot colours.
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The ideal colour of a true Black Betta splendens resembles that of the Black Mollie.
Black in Bettas is often a smoky black.
Black Lace forms have transparent, smoky fins.
Black is one of the most difficult colours to achieve, as the melano gene produces infertile Black females. Several crosses with other colours have tried to alleviate this problem, e.g. Melano x Celophane or yellows.
The Melano x Black Lace lines are infertile; Steel Blue females x Melano males and Royal Blue females x Melano males have produced Blacks with considerable iridescence present.
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Steel Blue is also sometimes called Metallic Blue.
This colour has a metallic iridescence when compared to the Royal Blue Betta. Steel Blue results from the allele combination blbl.
Steel Blue, Green, Royal Blue, Green and Turquoise Bettas have an interesting genetic inheritance pattern based on the Bl / bl alleles that show incomplete dominance and determine iridescence.
Crossings:
Steel Bluex Steel Bluegives100% Steel Blue off-spring;
Greenx Green gives100% Green;
Greenx Steel Bluegives all Royal Blue;
Royal Blue x Royal Blue gives 50% Royal, 25% Steel, 25% Green;
Greenx Royal Blue gives 50% Royal, 50% Green.
Steel Blue x Royal Blue gives 50% Royal, 50% Steel Blue
Turquoise is a variation of the "green" colouring (BlBl alleles).
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Green is the least fixed single colour and varies in shade from fish to fish and line to line. Most Green Betta splendens have a bluish green hue but less so than a Turquoise variant. It is often difficult to distinguish these two hues. Choice greens are dark green. This and the turquoise hues derive from the same alleles (BlBl).
The much sought after, dark, forest green is rare.
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A variant of the green, with a distinct blue hue. Consistent colour across the fish is rare. The choice colour contains tones of blue rather than any Green or Yellow shades, to distinguish them from the common green.
Fish with colours close to turquoise are often found in Royal Blue and Steel Blue spawns.
The ideal is a dark shade of turquoise.
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The consistent, solid royal blue is the choice form: the genotype Blbl or blBl gives a deep, rich royal blue in the green/steel blue/royal blue complex. The most common form has a dark head and royal blue body and fins. The ideal colour lacks reds and greens.
Corn-flower blues are the same genotype as royal blues but with a dark head and corn-flower blue body.
Royal blues with red factors may appear violet or purple when young and will lose it if the red-loss factor is present and so produce royal blues. Red loss occurs also occurs in Steel Blue, Turquoise, and Green.
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