From one of my gold projects, i managed to develope some coppers. Many are mustard gas based (dark-body with yellow fins), while some have darkbody and dark-fins as base. Here are two copper gold gas pieces I would like to share.
These grizzles were developed using dragon. Hence you don't see the typical soft grizzle pattern, but a "bolder", higher contrast grizzling. Of course this is possible with the strong opaque influence. Also, with the introduction of the metallic (+) gene, the grizzle tone is not your typical iridescence hue. Of course, some more traditional hobbyists may argue their lungs out about the usage of the term "grizzle", but to me it is the irid/metallic speckling either on the body or fins, regardless of the spread. My fishes may not make good grizzle for competition, but they have the grizzle trait nevertheless. Here are 3 pieces from my quite recent spawn.
This piece is from my grizzle spawn. The light pink color is caused by underlying red at the base and thick opaque on top of it. There is potential in this fish if I would choose to develop a Pink Dragon line. I find it would be challenging, but no too difficult to achieve. In my opinion, to achieve such a dragon, the red spread at the fins need to be increased. At the same time, the opaque spread should cover all fins including the ventrals. Anyway, this piece has been sold, so I won't be developing any Pink Dragons...
This picture (PIC 1) demonstrates how the number of rays in a halfmoon (HM) or halfmoon plakat (HMPK) betta is counted. The picture shows the caudal of a copper plakat.
PIC 1 : Counting the caudal rays
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It should be noted that from afar, the group of rays which I've illustrated to count 7 rays, may look like 4 rays from afar. However due to some "late branching" (of 3 secondary rays) near the caudal edge, we could actually count 7 rays.