Carl Archie MG CTM
By: Victoria & Joep
By: Victoria & Joep
Joep says: Nice CT male with a strong body. Judging from this picture the dorsal to mouth topline seems to show a small dip towards the head (but this could be caused by the position on the picture).
The caudal shows a good spread at the basis but when the rays become longer they seem to curve inward, these should be straighter. The caudal seems a bit assymmetric as the rays of the upper part seem to be shorter than the ones in the lower part of the caudal. The distribution of the ray-extensions in the middle of the caudal is pretty good but towards the outer edges the rays become shorter. These should be longer and of equal size to the other rays in the caudal. The dorsal finnage is hanging a bit backwards and could be more directed forward. The difference in size between the caudal and anal finnage give the fish a bit of a unbalanced appearance. The ventral finnage is nicely long but could be a bit fuller.
The ideal mustard gas fish should be blue/yellow bicolor with a blue body and yellow finnage. To my personal opinion this fish should have a clearer distinction between the blue on the body and the yellow in all three separate fins (dorsal, caudal and anal). The color in the caudal and anal finnage is now a mixture from blue and yellow and the dorsal is completely blue. The color on the body seems a bit pale and the blue could be darker and better distributed.
Thumbs up for this fish. I defenitely think there is a good potential. With a good quality female this can lead to some nice offspring. With a good selection and off course a bit of luck this can defenitely promise something nice for the future. Good luck!
Victoria says: I like the body type of this fish. He's not too thick nor too elongated, but seems to have found a happy medium. He also has the slight arch in the back behind the head, which I like to call a 'crest'. I personally like this trait in my male bettas, as I think it makes them look very masculine and seems to generate a sense of power. He has good 50% webbing reduction in all three unpaired fins, but the rays seem a bit chaotic. You could call him a double ray, but in many ways he is too messy in the caudal to be a definitive DR. I believe he's more of a random ray, with some three-way and some two-way branching, and some DDR rays near the uppermost and bottommost points.
The dorsal should be broader, but the reduction is good. The caudal fin has a very decent near-HM spread, although the top rays are bent. I would like to bring the anal fin closer to the body, but in so doing you might not keep with the harmony of the 50% reduction, and it might detract from the general impression of balance.
I agree that the color is too pale...too pale blue, too pale yellow. The colors also seem to run together. While the original Mustard Gas was a blended BF, the photos I've seen show a more brilliantly colored piece. I'd like to see a darker blue contrasting sharply with a brighter yellow.
The things I would try to improve about this fish would be to widen the dorsal, deepen the color, and increase the height of the caudal so that it achieves a better balance against that long anal.
This fish has a good general appearance and some potential. I'll give it a thumbs-up.