Red Texas range in colors including:
- unfaded: lowes grade of RT
- yellow: second lowest grade
- Orange: majority of RT fall into this category
- Coral: pinkish but not quite full red
- Red: Most desirable color
- Cyano or Dot pearls: These pearls come straight from one of the original 4 pure species cichlids used to create flowerhorn, Herichthys cyanoguttatus.
Examples of Dot pearls:
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- Worm pearls: this is more of a desired trait in RT as well as Flowerhorns in general. RT with intense worm pearling are more costly and highly regarded than the Cyano or Dot pearling
Examples of worm pearling:
- Net pearls: The most desirable and most rare type of pearling. Very few fish display this type. Net pearling is almost a white framing of the individual scales themselves. When taken in from a distance it resembles a white mesh net.
Example of Net pearling
After coloring and pearls a red texas should then conform to normal flowerhorn standards (IE Large wide body, nice big tail, Large head, etc). Since the Herichthys species is not well known for their large nuchal humps, Red texas with heads are considered more difficult to come by.