How To Identify A Dragonscale Betta?

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I have been given a very young betta, a veiltail, and he appears to have a diamond eye..does that mean he has the dragonscale genes, or is himself a dragonscale? No name yet, either any suggestions?
 

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the dragon scale refers to the irridescent body pattern on the body. normally you will see the middle part of the bodie irredescent and the outside not. Your vieltail looks like he has some pinappleing in him which is the black etch to the scales. Another word of advice, betta splendens is the species with all the different morphs in them. Sometimes morphs are crossed and you can see multiple traits in them. I wouldn't call this betta a dragon scale because of the lack of scaling.
 

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I looked at the picture again and it appears you don't have a full vieltail either. looks like a mix between a delta and vieltail due to the roundness of the tail.
 

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Dragonscale is a more pronounced looking thicker scale (so you are going to be able to see each individual scale on the fish and some of the time it is outlined lightly in another color, most of the time black).
You have a pretty delta male, his tail should grow out some more with care.

Edit: Pineapple is a dark outlined scale pattern, kind of like a pineapple that isn't quite ripe.
 

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BetterBettaBuddy said:
and I think he may be a spade tail, veil tail crossed?
Until his tail grows out you won't know, but he looks like a standard pet store betta, meaning he is either a veil tail or a delta, but veil tail is a dominant trait.
 

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