I have been seeing a lot of lower sword and doublesword photos lately coming from IFGA members, including photos from the most recent show. I was amazed at all the gold/platinum and BLUE in these fish. I was even wondering where this blue stock was originating because I wanted it in some of my own lines. Yesterday I was randomly snapping photos of various tanks. When I was looking at the the images on my computer, I noticed one of my regular swords was photographing as a BLUE fish. This led me to conclude that the swords I’ve been seeing (mostly in Facebook postings) are not actually “visually” blue, but rather standard blond vienna. And when a flash is used for a photograph, they look something like this:
(Ooooh! Ahhh! Where’d you get those amazing blue guppies at?!) The flash brings out the blue which isn’t otherwise noticeable. These are all descendants from Alan Bias swords.