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Photographed in Hong Kong, December 2003
Adult red-eyed red metallic veiltail
This is a superb fish with 100% self-colouration (i.e. the single body colour
extending right to the edges of the fins) and very unusual red eyes. A second
such individual was seen in the same collection, more orange-yellow in colour
rather than red.
Notice the very slight trace of the ryukin dorsal hump (but one seldom seems
to see a veiltail without this). Notice also the shorter, round-tipped paired
fins compared with the longer, pointed-tipped paired fins of Western veiltails,
and the slightly greater fork in the tail. The fish has a good, upright dorsal
fin (i.e. not drooping to one side) and relatively straight, uncurled pectoral
For their strength of body colouration, such fish would make a valuable outcross
in attempting to recreate the pure self-coloured red metallic veiltails that
seem to have been lost from the hobby in recent years. (Contact the Website Author
for the source of these fish).
Young adult metallic veiltails
White metallic and red-white variegated metallic veiltails from a strain with
shorter, more rounded paired fins than the red fish above.
Young red metallic veiltail
Very fine, deep red body colour in a young veiltail. The fins of this fish
should lengthen with age.
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