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Old 02-26-2013, 06:20 AM   #1 
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"Brilliant" "rich" colors

What causes the colors to be so bright and rich on some bettas? I really don't know how else to describe them but I will post some examples. The pics are from aquabid and I do not own any of them. What causes the colors, and do you need two to create the colors, or will one parent pass the trait to their offspring?
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:23 AM   #2 
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Compared to colors like the following.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:12 AM   #3 
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I recognize one of those fish.. and it's a camera issue on that particular fish, this breeder's fish is just as colorful. He is also a member of this forum...

Photo editing, lighting and well.. the first ones come from Thailand and they have some like.. special water there lol :)
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:22 AM   #4 
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I didn't mean any thing bad by the second set of fish. They are beautiful, just a different intensity of color. As a matter of fact, the first bi color I will be buying myself if it is still around in a couple weeks. I was just using them as examples of different color intensity.

So this isn't a genetic thing? I mean, I have bought fish from thailand and they did not have this same type of coloring. Now the camera thing I get, but I have never seen it change the color in that manner. Maybe they just know how to make the camera do it. I would think that would be bad for business. If I was expecting to get this bright rich colored fish, and got a different type, I would be a little upset. I know that colors are different in different light, but you can see that when the fish swims. I was just thinking it had something to do with genetics.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:28 AM   #5 
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More and more breeders seem to be "enhancing" the colors of their fish via Photoshop. Some of the fish in the first set of examples look altered to me, they're just too perfect.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:33 AM   #6 
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1. lighting
2. color type - regular colors are usually less intense than metallic and dragons.
Even irid dragons show different intensity - first picture from first group vs first picture from second group are examples of different type of irid. The second one is a dark irid, looks to have black in them while the first seems black free. . . . maybe have blond genes.

Second in second group looks like regular color and third looks metallic, not dragon. The two colors are rather dull. IMO it's their nature.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:45 AM   #7 
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Wow! Do you have any idea how mad I would be if I bought a fish and when it arrived was not the color portrade in the pics? I thought their colors looked "thicker" in those fish. I thought maybe it was some type of new gene. Or maybe even from the dragon scale.

Indjo, so if a fish has a regular black gene, or maybe melano, the colors will be darker than if they have blond? I know that blond can "lighten" or make a color softer, but I had also read that it could also brighten depending on certain cother gene combinations. Thank you for this information. There is a gene combination I would like to try, and blond was included in that. I think I will be rethinking things!

Thanks everyone for the infor! Guess I can save my money huh?!
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:59 AM   #8 
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Good photography skills and a quality camera make a huge difference as well. I have next to no skill myself and the cheap camera I use has difficulty showing what my eye can see most times.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:39 AM   #9 
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Basically speaking bettas with no black at all, specially if it had blond genes, usually would show a brighter and more intense color. But this also depends on the color type. . . or other genetic combinations.

Eg: A fairly pure red dragon would show very bright white body with red fins, If this were to be crossed to a black dragon, you might have a silverish-grey body with red fins. . . . not so bright.

Black melano, though said to have more intense black, IMO is not as black/bright black as black orchids . . . example of color type.
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