Royal blue HMPK
Copper is another way of saying homozygous metallic steel blue. "blbl" represents the steel blue, and "++" represents the homozygous metallic alleles.
Copper = blbl ++
Royal blue is the result of crossing a turquoise (BlBl) with a steel blue (blbl). Royal blue is non-metallic, which is represented by "nm nm"
Royal blue = Blbl nmnm
So, crossing copper with royal blue will result in:
50% Heterozygous metallic royal blue (Blbl +nm)
50% Heterozygous metallic steel blue (blbl +nm)
(Examples of the offspring:)
(Metallic royal blue)
(Metallic steel blue)
From this line, I expect many metallic steel/royal offspring. The male has a wonderfully broad dorsal, with a strong D-shaped caudal and nice, thick body. The female has a great topline, D-shaped caudal, broad dorsal and parallel anal fin. I hope to fix the red wash on the male, and smooth out the edges on the female. This spawn will be the foundation of the "Mint Dragon" line, metallic blues with a black base and bold iridescent branching.
The two are currently conditioning, and I plan to introduce them tomorrow evening. I'll be posting pictures along the way, so stay tuned.