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Old 01-25-2013, 09:30 PM   #31 
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Yeah my betta Cheng does the same thing, but dragons have thicker scales and are generally a ssilver or white color, and when they move that changes color.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:25 AM   #32 
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Hes not a dragon. Very lovely with a gorgeous green iridescence to him, but hes just a Multi-color. ;)

The 'Dragon-Scale Crowntails' they've been selling at Petsmart aren't really dragons....or at least, I think I've only ever seen maybe one or two that was a true dragon. Most of the time they're metallic or iridescent or copper, but not dragon. ;)
Dragons have a very 'thick' looking metallic coloration meant to look like a dragons thick scale armor on just their body, stopping off at where their fins begin and usually with at least a partial mask(meaning the scaling is on at least part of their head). A plain metallic can look similar, but its still different....and a fish with an iridescence, like your guy, usually just looks sort of 'shiny' and often looks a little different from different angles depending on how the light catches it.
This offers a pretty good basic color guide:

It can definitely be difficult to tell sometimes of course though, telling apart the different coloration and patterns is just something you learn over time with experience and looking at a LOT of fish. xD
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