The Different Types of Black
By: Victoria Stark
(Kit Watchara) One of the most confusing issues for newcomers into our hobby is the different types of black bettas, and how they work from a genetics perspective. The further confound matters, when they ask the questions of more seasoned breeders, they information is they receive is often disjointed and misleading. Unless a particular breeder is working with the type of black in question, he or she may not have a clue as to what it is or how it behaves genetically, and therein lies the problem.
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To help reduce the confusion, I've spoken to several different breeders from all over the world who specialize in the types of black we are discussing. In addition, I have personally worked with most of these types myself, and can offer a first-hand perspective of what they are, and what the breeder can expect.
In wild type bettas black is a color that is often covered by other colors. The distribution of black pigment is all over the fish except for most of the caudal fin and the abdomenal area. This dispersion is of medium density but is not usually obvious because of other overlaying colors.
There are currently several different types of Black bettas available today, but if we cut out using the various strain names of many different breeders, we are left with the most popular:
- Black Melano
- Black Lace