Originally Posted by MIKEV1
I have a RT dragonscale betta and it has blue scales but then when it is in light or something like that it changes to a copper color can anyone tell me why is does that?
This is due to metallic and dragon scale (genetically dragon = double metallic) properties - They reflect different color spectrum from different light angles. The most common is a solid blue dragon looking like a green dragon. Or in metallic colors - copper may look green or gold from different angles, platinum may look gold..... etc.
But when they change into a different color regardless of light, it is caused by marble genes.
"dragon scale" is just a cross breed - the scales look thicker than normal scales. Red sometimes look purple probably is caused by the incomplete "covering" of the red layer - so slight blue (a top layer color) can be seen from certain angles.