thanks for the help. this was baffling me. I'm still basically a beginner at painting fish. i have done a few pike that were on the brownish side, and that was OK. this fish is very green with very pronounced gold tips. i did use gold tipping, that looks awesome by the way, but after stripping off the first paint job, looks like more hours of tipping to finish. ill try the yellow base. Cecil i did use iridescent gold, but maybe i didn't use it dark enough.
thanks again for all your help.