Photographed in Hong Kong, December 2003
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 fins.
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).
Left: white metallic and red-white variegated metallic veiltails from a strain with shorter, more rounded paired fins than the red fish above. Right: very fine, deep red body colour in a young veiltail. The fins of these fish should lengthen with age.
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