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Old 06-26-2013, 06:35 PM   #1 
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finally got a copper girl!

OK. Super excited now that I finally found a good copper giant female. I have only been hunting for a year. She is soooo metallic I'd almost say dragonscale but I'm not sure. She looks pretty decent except for the caudal. That's pretty rough. I can't wait to get a new camera because it's driving me nuts that I can't take macro shots.

Anyway, her mate is a really big steel blue. Both are 8 rayed. His caudal is nice and goes the whole 180. They are around 5 months old. I'm hoping for some nice coppers.

I have found several color combinations using copper but I'd like more input from anyone that has bred coppers. What did you breed to your copper? What did you get? How did the f2/f3 turn out?
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:14 PM   #2 
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Here is a terrible pic from my phone but does she look dragon scale?

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Old 06-27-2013, 12:09 AM   #3 
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IMO Coppers work differently nowadays. In the past copper x irid = very few copper. They mainly return to their original genetic background - irid;

Turquoise x copper = mainly turquoise, few copper
Steel blue x copper = steel blue, turquoise, royal blue, few copper
Royal blue x copper = steel blue, turquoise, royal blue, few copper
*** the irid may also be metallic (except for royal blue)

Nowadays the copper genetic make up is better fixed into them and may even give you a majority of copper. I bred a light green (unknown genetic) x turquoise green - red wash (irid background - no metallic) and got many copper and platinum.
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