Species

Doubletail Gene

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas Counting the number of rays at the base of the dorsal usually gives a pretty reliable incidation whether a fish is carrying DT or not.  When we look at the number of rays at the base of the dorsal of a wildtype Betta splendens we usually can count 8-10 rays. For example: In more …

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Doubletail Genetics

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas This tail type has a few typical characteristics: (1) the caudal consists out of two lobes, (2) the dorsal has twice as much rays than the dorsal of a normal singletail betta and (3) a slightly shorter body length. The ideal doubletail has is symmetrical and has two equal tail lobes with a …

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Doubletails

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas When it comes to pure finnage, the Doubletail has it all. Not only is the caudal double with two tails, but the dorsal fin is also sports a double ray count. For meeting the IBC standard the tail split should be centered and the split should reach all the way to the tail …

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Cambodian Genetics

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas The best example of a cambodian is the traditional or red cambodian which has red colored fins and a flesh colored body (but there are also blue cambodians). The cambodian gene causes a fish to have colored fins and colorless or greatly reduced color on the body. The cambodian trait is a recessive …

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Pattern

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas These days bettas come in a dizzy array of colors. Many of the Thai breeders are pushing the envelope and getting colors and combinations of colors not even dreamed about a few years ago. The IBC does have classes for patterned fish. The classes currently included in the standards are Butterfuly, Bicolor, Multi …

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Understanding Iridescent Structure

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas With this post I would like to explain the concept of the iridescent structural colors a bit more. The iridescent colors are produced by light-reflective cells called iridophores. They produce iridescent colors by diffusion/scattering of light on colorless crystalline structures which are present on the surface of the cell (structural color). Something like …

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The Iridescents

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas Turquoise, steel and royal blue are called the three iridescent colors.  Iridescent colors make up the top layer of the betta and are caused by cells called iridocytes. These cells form a dense color layer which can cover all other colors. Originally, on wild Betta splendens the normal iridescent color is turquoise/green. This …

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