I went to the petstore for supplies last week, and even though I know better than to impulse buy living things I couldn't resist.
Now when I did the whole tropical fish store thing one of the duties I had was maintaining the betta display. The display held 70 bettas and we would sell at least half every week and I did it for years.
So I had a fair idea as to what consistutes an unusual and novel color in these hardy little creatures. And when I saw this guy I instantly went, "Well, you're coming home with me!"
A bright lemon yellow betta. I hadn't seen one before. He's young, slightly underweight and suffering from some nitrate burn from being kept improperly but otherwise a very nice fish. I'll take his picture when he recovers from the nitrate burn. (Don't want the world to think *I* did it! ) I'm sure you rancher types understand.
He's so pretty it makes me happy whenever I look at him. Only a couple of fish have ever done that to me. A discus that was a last second cull before the owner flew to Singapore for a discus show, Another discus that had the Japanese Rising Sun flag on one side, an African pollini (Paratilapia pollini the pictures in Google don't show their velvety blackness contrasting the sky blue spots, and another betta, that was a steel blue.
Took me a while to come up with a name I liked. I was honestly going to PM Grant as to a suggestion as to what would he name a creature that, for its kind, was an exotic yellow, and even before I could start typing my inner Grant replied, "Xanth". Though the outer Grant may have a different suggestion.