Tail Types and Patterns

There are many different breeds, tail types and patterns of Bettas. I don't think you can actually list them all, but I'm going to try to do as many as I can.

Tail Types

THE VEIL TAIL (VT) 
The Veil tail is the most common breed of Bettas. Their tails arch up, then float down, appearing to look a a veil; this is how they received the name 'Veil Tail'. Veil Tails are easily found in pretty much any fish shop.






THE CROWNTAIL (CT)
Crowntails received their name from their spiky tail and fins. They are very unique and popular. Crowntails can also be found in a lot of fish stores, but definitely not as often as Veil Tails.




THE HALFMOON (HM)
Halfmoons are also very popular. They obtained their name from their beautiful caudal tail, which is the shape of a halfmoon and spreads at a 180 degree angle.


Thank you to Matt Thomas for this picture.
THE DELTA TAIL (No Abbreviation)
A Delta tail is the right name for any single tailed non-Halfmoon Betta. A non-Halfmoon is when the tail has straight caudal edges just like a Halfmoon, but they don’t reach 180 degrees.  






THE SUPER DELTA (SD)
The Super Delta is similar to a Delta Tail, but an improved version of branching. It's amazing caudal fin extends between 120-160 Degrees. 




THE DOUBLE TAIL (DT)
The double tail Betta, as you can tell by its name has its caudal tail split in two equal lobes rather than one. They have two caudal peduncles.
While flaring, their tail almost makes a full circle. They have shorter bodies than other tail types, leaving them more prone to Swim Bladder problems (read BETTA DISEASES). Double tail bettas are often crossed into other strains, as they have lovely broad dorsals.



Thank you for this photo, Matt Thomas.


THE SPADE TAIL (no abbreviation)
Spade tail Betta's aren't common, and you don't really see them anymore. Their caudal tail has a wide base, that narrows to a small point, just like a spade.




THE ROUND TAIL OR FAN TAIL (no abbreviation)
The Round Tail Betta's are single tailed Betta's with round edges. They are often confused with Halfmoons, but halfmoons should have a ‘D’ shaped caudal, with sharp edges, while the round tail have rounded edges.




THE ROSE TAIL (RT) 
The Rose Tail Betta was developed by trying to breed the perfect Halfmoon. It's fins, especially the caudal have excessive branching and overlapping which gives the appearance of a rose. 






THE FEATHER TAIL (no abbreviation)
The feather tail Betta is very similar to the rose tail, but tends to have a more ruffled appearance. 


Photo used with permission. Ebetta.com


THE PLAKAT (PK)
The Plakat is a short-finned version of the common Betta. They are usually more active then long-finned Betta's, properly because they don't have the long elaborate fins to slow them down. Also, they are known to have more resistance to disease, which makes them favorable to many Betta owners.   





THE COMB TAIL OR HALF SUN (cT)
Comb tail or Half Sun Betta's are usually produced with crossing a Veil Tail and a Crowntail. They are not as spiky as the Crowntail, but do have a slight pointed appearance.  





THE GIANT BETTA 
Even though the giant Betta isn't a tail type, I thought I'll add it in anyway. As you can tell from its name, the Giant Betta really is a giant sized Betta. They were first bred in 1999, where a very large Betta was found. Finding another large Betta, they were bred together, and then the production of those Bettas were bred again, and again until a line of Giant Betta's were created. Giant Betta's today can come in any of the above tail types, and are just the same as normal Bettas, just a great deal larger. Halfmoon giant bettas are less common than plakat giants, as halfmoon giant bettas often have trouble holding up the huge amount of finnage.

This is a photo of my half-giant male (yes they get bigger than that!) against a standard sized male.







Tail Patterns and colours -

SOLID COLOURS -
Solid colours are properly the most common Betta colour, and as you most likely guessed from the name, they have one single colour from the tip of their head right down to their fins. There is many solid colours available. Such as:

RED: Red is the most common along with blue, and is a very dominant colour when breeding.





This boy is extended red. Extended red is an intense version of red, that covers the betta from head to tail, included pectoral fins (fins on the side of their body).




BLUE: Along with red, blue is the most common Betta colour. It is also a very dominant colour when breeding. There are three different shades of blue -

Steel Blue: 


Royal Blue: Some Royal Blues seem to have a purplish tint to them.



TURQUOISE:





ORANGE: 

Thank you for this photo, Matt Thomas.


YELLOW:
Photo used with permission, ebetta.com
 

CELLOPHANE: The Betta colour cellophane basically has no colour. The body is a fleshy colour, and their fins are transparent.
Photo used with permission.



WHITE OPAQUE: Most white opaques tend to have impurities such as black outlining, or red wash. The true white opaque is very hard to produce.


Minus the red.



COPPER: Copper Betta's can come in a light gold, a deep copper, a red-copper and some are even a bit purplish. Their colours truly shine in bright light or sunshine.






Red Copper Halfmoon fry I bred. 




BLACK: Black Betta's, like the copper, come in a few different shades. There are three different shades of black: melano, black lace, and super black. Sadly, melano black females are infertile - they produce eggs, but due to the way the melanin protein clump together, it is fatal to the embryo, and the eggs fail to hatch.



Black Laced PK.

Melano Betta. Photo permission from Ebetta.com.

Super Black Betta by Matt Thomas. Thank you for the photo.



BI COLOURS: Bi-colour Betta's have two different solid colours. Their body will be one colour, and their fins will be another colour. Now, I can't cover every one, because well, their is as many as every combination of all the solid colours imaginable.




CAMBODIAN: Cambodian Betta's come in three different shades: Red, blue and green. Cambodians have a fleshy colour body and either a blue, red or green fins.







CHOCOLATE: Chocolate Betta's bodies are usually dark brown or black; but are sometimes dark blue or green! They have gold or yellow-orange fins.


Thank you, Matt Thomas for this photo.


BUTTERFLY: Butterfly Bettas have a solid coloured body, and their fins  are divided into two separate colours, which are ideally symmetrical. They can come in any colour combination. Butterfly is a marble trait.






MARBLE: Marble Betta's are now becoming more, and more common. They usually have a colouring of blue or red with a pale base. A marble Betta has uneven patterns all over their body. They can be one colour one week, another the next week. As they age, they tend to slow down colour changing.


This photo was taken when I first got Apache.

This photo was taken of Apache about 2wks later.




PIEBALD: Piebald Betta's have a fleshy coloured face no matter what their body colour is. The Piebald's body is usually fairly solid, but can have any pattern, such as a butterfly or marble.





GRIZZLE: Grizzle Betta's are uncommon, and have either a pastel or opaque body with random flecks and spots of iridescent colouring. Each fin will also have grizzle patterning. The body and fins should have exactly two different iridescent colour. Grizzle Betta's which show 50% iridescence and 50% pastel or opaque body is preferred.







PINEAPPLE:
When a Betta has black etching on it's scales, it's called pineapple.







MASK: Betta's that are said to have masks, are referred to having their face the same colour as their body; where most Betta's face's are a darker shade than their body.


Thanks to Matt Thomas for this photo.
DRAGON: A newish pattern that is becoming increasingly popular. Dragon Betta's usually have a bright, strong base, such as red, with their scales highlighted in a pale iridescent colour. Their scales seem to resemble that of a lizard - or dragon.
See how these dragon Betta's scales are highlighted?










ORANGE DALMATIAN: Orange dalmatian Betta's are not really common. They have a pale orange body with darker orange spots of different sizes all patched around there body. Also known as Apricot Spots.


Thankyou, Betty Splendens for photo permission.


MUSTARD GAS: A mustard gas Betta is a Betta with either a green or blue body with yellow or orange fins. They are a popular bi-colour pattern. They can be similar to chocolate Betta's.








MULTICOLOUR: Multicolour Betta's do not fit into any of the above listed colours/patterns. They have at least three different colours in them that don't have any sort of order. Muticolours are sometimes referred to as 'mutts', and can easily be found in many pet stores.




114 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this site. It helped me figure out what tail type my betta (Bubbles) was. I really liked the green and white butterfly betta. The pictures are awesome. Very clear.

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  2. Thank you!
    I had a Betta named Bubbles once - a lovely blue VT. :)

    I loved that one too. :)
    Thanks,
    Sarah.

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  3. My son bought a baby betta fish that has a pointed tail... with not feathering at all. What would this be? Female? Or an abnormality?

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  4. Hello [Anonymous]
    Do you know how old the fish is, you say baby - it could very well just be a young Veil Tail.
    I wouldn't think abnormality, POSSIBLY female, it's hard to tell without a picture. Do you happen to have a picture (post a link)

    Good luck in id'ing your Bettas type - and caring for him/her!
    Sarah.

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  5. how to knows it female or male

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  6. Hello Dhiamso, if you have a look at this page here - http://bubblesandbettas.blogspot.com/p/boy-or-girl.html - hopefully that will help you sex your fish. :)

    Good luck,
    Sarah.

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  7. I have chocolate female but all the males I want to breed her with end up dead. . . Or really injured Shes terrible and shes made a bubble nest once too! Could you tell me what I could do? Theres a white egg in her body just like all the other females. Can you help me qith the finding out of what her problem is?

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  8. Hello,
    It could be that you have a very aggressive female on your hands.
    Do you introduce the pair slowly? When spawning bettas, it's viable that the pair have a relationship.. they must be introduced carefully, and never just 'put together' (not sure if you do this or not).

    Some females do blow nests.. I had one that blew one just as nicely as some of my males.
    Although, you could possibly have a male PK. Some males have what looks like an egg spot.

    Could you possibly link to a picture?

    Hope this helps,
    Sarah.

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  9. i have a 10 gallon fish tank, and its been maturing for almost three weeks, so when can i put a betta in there?And how old do they have to be to spawn?This is my first time having a betta but i have done alot of reasearch and i am interested in breeding bettas.

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  10. I have a blue/red crown tail that I bred with a normal cambodian red and white female. I ended up with this one female that is white with the lightest hint of light lavendar in the cambodian pattern. What would this be called?
    I also ended up with white and blue STRIPED female. literally horizontal blue lines on a white body. all the males mostly looked like the father or had red and white. these 2 were the only different ones. Luckily they are female and easier for me to keep and breed. I wonder what I should breed them each with? Any suggestions?

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  11. Hello,
    Could you post a photo, please? Sounds like a nice Cambodian.

    As for the striped, horizontal bars across the body are stress stripes, or in juvi bettas - juvi lines that will eventually fade.
    As for choosing who to breed with, I would mainly look for form, rather than colouring - colouring comes next.
    Have a peek here, http://ausaqua.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=10277 for info on form for crowntails.

    Hope this helps you,
    Sarah.

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  12. This one female has always had the stripes though, I no longer have her. But I can post some pics of Zira.


    http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/375518_10150464539809066_621084065_10337634_155141285_n.jpg


    http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/312002_10150464540559066_621084065_10337641_1564227613_n.jpg


    http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/379377_10150464542359066_621084065_10337655_1861232914_n.jpg

    each one is a link to a picture of her

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  13. this page helped me tons!!! well explained!!

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  14. Thankyou, Kumar!
    Glad I could help.

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  15. Very helpful, thank you! I confirmed that my new betta is indeed a halfmoon with a grizzle coloration!

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  16. You're most welcome - I'm glad I could help!
    You Betta sounds gorgeous. :)

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  17. Hi there! I have a question about my friend's white betta and I hope you can help. When we first brought it home it was solid white with the exception of it's fins picking up an iridescent blue color in the light. In the last month it started developing black stripes across it's fins. We want to make sure this isn't some sort of fin rot or other disease. I have a picture for your reference, if you don't mind taking a look and telling me what you think? Thanks!!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/76267214@N07/6995374759/

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    1. Hello, Jenni.
      Lovely boy your friend has there! He definitely has the marble gene, meaning he will change his appearance. As he ages, the colour changes will slow. I personally love marbles, although they CAN be frustrating when they change so suddenly!

      Nothing to worry about at all. Although I would keep an eye on that barrel, it looks like it has rough edges (may tear finnage).

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  18. gee, i feel a bit silly. i guess you're the "other" site on the web that knows what a spadetail is. classic look before you leap story huh? but gender is still my mystery concerning my fish and to be even more of a pain in your butt, my original post is on your betta gender page. ooooops but still need your advice please!

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    1. Absolutely no problem, shall reply to your original comment.

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  19. My husband and I want to start breeding bettas as a hobby. We are most instereted in the halfmoon and superdelta bettas. The only issue we have run into is finding bettas. Any suggestions? We have googled, contacted the IBC, and contacted our local betta club so far.

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    1. Hello Jessica,
      Firstly remember to research lots before you start breeding (looks like you already are - good on you!), be prepared for lots of fry, and have your live food cultures set up.

      As for helping you find a pair, it depends on your location. Unless you're in Australia, I can't currently offer you a lot of contacts.

      I would also try Aquabid.com but contacting the IBC & your local betta club is definitely the way to go. :)

      Good luck,
      Sarah.

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  20. Why does my betta spit it's food out?
    -Kayla

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    1. Hello Kayla,
      Could be for a variety of reasons.

      Maybe your betta is unwell, and has a loss of appetite. Does he have any other symptoms? Look for clamping of fins, dust looking stuff covering his body (under a light.. that could be velvet, check the disease section for more info).

      What are your water parameters, and temperature? Maybe something could be off there. What is your tank set up?

      Or maybe the food is just too big, or he doesn't like it. You occasionally do get the fussy eater... has there been a change in diet, assuming this is a new problem?

      Sorry I couldn't be a little more precise in my answer, just need a little bit more information.
      Sarah.

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  21. I named my betta Bubbles! I named her that because that was the cutest female betta name and also I am fond of your site! I know you had a betta named Bubbles! My female betta is either really royal blue or purple!

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    1. Congrats on your Betta, very cute name. Yep, my first betta ever was a royal blue veiltail named Bubbles. There aren't any true purple bettas, so you're little Bubbles would be royal blue.

      Thanks for the kind comment. :)
      Sarah.

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    2. I named my fish bubbles... He died today :( He lived a long 2 1/2 years

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    3. I'm so sorry to hear Bubbles has past (and sorry for the late reply!)

      I hope when you're ready it doesn't put you off having another betta. :)

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    4. so there is more than just me that named their betta Bubbles.. I am on my second male vail tail Betta and is doing great!! however I recently bought a double tail Betta I feed both Betta's the same pellets and feed them 3 to 4 twice a day.. but my double tail male seems like it don'r like it well so what other food can I feed it?

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  22. So glad I found this blog! I've had many Bettas over the years, but am down to two now. Dragon is a plain ol' red veiltail with a bit of purple highlighting; I couldn't resist him, since he was so spunky and had such a nice bubble nest in his cup, and when I turned him loose in his 1 gallon tank, he started zooming around and doing loop-de-loops. What a little character. My new Betta, who will live in my classroom in a 1.5 gallon cube, is Cutter - named because, though he was labled as being a halfmoon, he seems to have a chunk cut out of his back fin. He's still plenty lively, though, and I'd never seen a color like his... he seems to have a blue body and red fins - but he looks like he's been frosted with a white glaze! I'll have to take a picture... I'd say it's something like a copper or a dragon, but not as nice as the pics here. Maybe you can help me with a definite ID? Thanks!

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    1. Hello,
      You're bettas sound very pretty!
      I'd definitely help you as best I can with an ID... you can upload your photos to a photo hosting site (I use Photobucket personally), or post them to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bubbles-Bettas/203497696445978

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  23. By the by - how does one acquire a giant betta, and what size tank is recommended? They sell "king" bettas at Petco, but they're a very dark blue-black with reddish finnage, and I'd rather have someone whose eyes I can see!

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    1. Hello,
      I find giant Bettas do quite well in a 20L tank (5.2G). Of course, bigger is always better.
      King bettas are commonly giant bettas, or at least half giants... so bigger than standard.

      Hope this helps, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask. :)

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  24. I love this page <3 I just bought a betta today and I think he's ( I named him Warrex ) a super black halfmoon plakat. Could you clarify? :)

    http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/4778/dscn1077q.jpg

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    1. Thankyou for the lovely comment!
      Warrex is gorgeous, I really do like him.
      He is a black orchid traditional plakat. Not Halfmoon plakat (HMPK) because his caudal (tail fin) is rounded at the edges... also his anal is a bit longer. Lovely find!

      All the best,
      Sarah.

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  25. We just welcomed Captain America the Betta. It appears that it's a dragon scale crown tail male. will post a pic when I can.

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    1. Hello Jenn,
      Congratulations on your new betta. Captian America sounds lovely. Dragon crowntails are fairly uncommon (at least here in Australia), so a good find!

      Would love to see a photo.. please do post a link either here, on straight onto the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bubbles-Bettas/203497696445978

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  26. My little brothers and I got 3 new bettas. They are kept in seperate tanks, and thanks to your website, I know their coloration and tail types. I have a pretty Delta Tail male with beautiful pale blue and green coloration(I named him Moonstone).
    My two youngest brothers share a completely royal blue Crowntail male they named after a wrestler (John Cena). And my eldest younger brother got a Delta Tail male with bright red fins and a vivid violet body. His name is Sushi, and he's very pretty, but your website said that there is no such creature as a purple betta.
    Is there something wrong with Sushi?

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    1. Hello!
      How lovely to hear you and your brothers have some new bettas, very exciting.
      Your Bettas sound absolutely gorgeous! Lucky you to have such pretty pets. I like their names, too.

      As for Sushi, I wouldn't say anything is wrong with him.
      There aren't any true purple Bettas, but some bettas have red colouring, over a royal blue base, which can appear violet. I'm guessing this is what Sushi is... nothing to worry about!

      Thankyou for commenting, and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
      Happy caring for them,
      Sarah.

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  27. Oh, and that post about Sushi, Moonstone, and Cena was written by Alexa age 11.

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    1. How lovely! Alexa is very literate, definitely something to be proud of. :)
      I got my first Betta when I was 10 years old, was very exciting for me.

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  28. Here's Captain America (what can I say .... my boys love super heroes and the fish is blue, white and red - with a little bit of a turquoise iridescence)

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8175/7897673300_0c7781a907_c.jpg

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    1. Thanks for sharing! Also saw this on the facebook page. :)
      He's a lovely boy, very pretty.

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  29. I have a male crowntail betta in the grizzle color pattern. I didnt know that his color pattern is very uncommon.
    I also have a white male delta tail betta.

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    1. Your Bettas sound lovely. Grizzle is generally a harder colour to source... also since it is marble based, it may change to another colour over time.

      I'd love to see both your bettas. Feel free to post a link of their photos here (host them on a photo hosting site, I use Photobucket). Alternatively, you can also upload them to the Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bubbles-Bettas/203497696445978

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  30. What a fantastic website. I've greatly enjoyed visiting and will be returning. Thank you for your labor of love.

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    1. Thank you Annie, just made my day! :)
      I have plans to update the site shortly, to further improve it.

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  31. Hi there i love this site and i was wondering i have a female betta and i was wondering if I could place another female in the tank with her the tank is big enough to as well. My beautiful red and silver half moon betta passed away a week or 2 ago so i want to put another fish in.
    Keara










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    1. Hello Kerara.

      I'm sorry you've lost your HM girl, she sounded lovely.
      You can keep female bettas together - but they have a pecking order you must be mindful off. It's not recommended to keep any less than five females together, any less and the aggressive turns from nips to attacking each other constantly. The more females there are, the more spread out the aggression is.

      It also depends on the fish's personality. Sometimes you will get that bully that will just not be friendly enough for a community tank.

      Another point to remember about the pecking order - when you first add them, you will notice slight aggression for the first few days. Just leave them, unless it is extremely violent. After a few days they should settle down. If you take a fish out for whatever reason, or add another fish, they will start to establish the pecking order again.

      I hope this helps you, please don't hesitate to ask any further questions.
      Sarah.

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  32. Is it strange that I've only cycled my filtered (and with moss-ball) 1.75 US gal. tank for a week, and my h2o quality is good? I've kept other tanks for a while, so I know the deal. I've never kept a Betta Splendens, though, and don't want to jump the gun and kill one.

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    1. Hello Scott.
      I don't think your tank would be cycled yet. Tanks need a few weeks at least to become established, and before that they need an ammonia source to get the cycle started.

      Have a quick google about cycling tanks, as I currently don't have an article for such (in the process, I plan to be updating the site shortly).

      I normally cycle my tanks with fish - add your betta and keep an eye on the water, water changing as needed .

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  33. I have two vieltial betta in a 10 gallon tank with a divider. when i fist put them together they were good then i separated them. but now he keeps wanting to attack her.

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    1. Hello.
      Bettas are called Siamese Fighting Fish for a reason. They are aggressive. You can keep them together with the divider happily, just don't let them have access to each other, or they will fight.

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  34. This is a cool website. I call a delta tail a DeT

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    1. Thankyou for the feedback.
      Deltas have no official abbreviation, so you can call them DeT's if you like, but it isn't recognised as a proper abbreviation.

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  35. Hi there! Firstly, I love your site. I've been researching betta breeding for about 5 years now (since I was 12, LOL) and I finally have a male I really want to breed. His name is Quantum Singularity (I call him Quan) and he's a purpley copper delta with some red wash. I got him when he was really young, and he was raised with guppy fry, and he's never even tried to eat one! Great dad potential! My question is, what color female should I breed him with? I definitely want to stay away from introducing any more red, so I was thinking maybe a white opaque or a good steel blue? And definitely a halfmoon. Thanks for the help!

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    1. Hello! Thanks for the comment. :)

      Quan sounds lovely. I would cross him with a copper HM female. If she doesn't have red wash, that should reduce it in the offspring.

      A clean white opaque would also be another good option.

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  36. I don't know what color to call my betta. He's pink but looks more orange/peachy in bright light. Do you think I could link you to my Picasa web album so you can see a picture? Or should I use something else?

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    1. Hello,
      You can definitely link to your Picasa album, I'd be happy to help you out. :)

      Sarah.

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  37. Here's a link to my public album. I hope it works. https://picasaweb.google.com/102830645352901030995/November142012?authuser=0&feat=directlink

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    1. He's a lovely boy, very interesting colour.
      I would call him chocolate.

      Hope this helps,
      Sarah.

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  38. Thank you! The Petco near my house has had an interesting selection of bettas lately. My sister and I couldn't resist. :)

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    1. No problem at all. He's lovely, chances are I wouldn't have been able to resist either!

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  39. Hello,
    I have found your website very helpful. I am getting a Betta soon! But I have one question: Would a 2 or 3 gallon glass container be good for one Betta? Or is that too small?
    Thanks again for this awesome website!

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    1. Hello,
      Apologies for the late reply!

      A 2-3 Gallon tank would be fine for one Betta, make sure you get a heater for it though!

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    2. Hi,
      That's okay! And I have a Betta now living happily in a 2 gallon bowl with a heater! His tank is 26 degrees Celsius, is that a good temperature?
      Thanks for helping me!

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    3. Hello, experienced some strange technical problems, so really sorry for the reply. All seems to be running smoothly now, however (shall try and reply sooner in future!)

      26ºC is a perfect temperature, I'm sure he's very happy with that!

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  40. yay now i know what fish are i had to find out my comb tail betta is adude by putting a veil tail FEMALE in the tank the was a turkey chase it took about 1 minute to get the male out i now need a name for formly known as janalle so could you help me out sarah

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    1. Hello Christopher.
      I'm definitely not the person to ask for naming ideas, I have trouble naming my own animals! Naming is definitely a personal preference though, so can't really help out all that much.

      In future, if you need help with the sexing of your fish - feel free to send me a link to a photo, rather than sticking them in with another Betta; as that could be very stressful and possibly fatal! I'd love to help out otherwise if you need it.

      Sarah.

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  41. Thank you for this immensely helpful website!
    It helped me finally identify one of my female bettas as a grizzle double tail with blue and pinkish fins. :)
    I'd like to hear your opinion on something I've noticed with my male betta, Daniel, though. Ever since I got him, around 2 years ago, he's never once flared at anything. Not even at his mirror image. (I sit right next to my fishtank most of my time so I'd notice if something was up)
    Have you ever before heard of or owned such a relaxed male? I'm just wondering because most betta owners I told this tell me he's probably sick/female/not right in the head =_=
    Daniel is definately a male veiltail, actively swims around the tank together with my 2 female bettas, is inquisitive and his scales and fins are bright and in excellent condition. Water values are also good.
    There is no aggression in my fishtank besides the occassional 1.5 second chase and there's never any fighting/nipping.
    I'd just really like to know if you've heard of this before and what might be the cause of his relaxed nature.

    Many thanks in advance!

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    1. Hello Carina,
      Glad you've identified your Bettas colouring, that female sounds gorgeous. :)

      I have had a few male bettas that have been quite timid. As long as your water parameters are fine, and their requirements are met, then it's nothing to be worried about. Every Betta has a different personality - and sometimes you just get those timid boys! Daniel sounds like he's well cared for, so I think this is the case.
      With these males, I often use them in community tanks with peacefully schooling fish.

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  42. Thought I'd let you know there was a slight error- A Half-Sun is actually a full crowntail HM. The picture you have is of a regular combtail. An ok example of a CTHM is here http://www.bettaterritory.nl/Tailgenetics-CTbluemask.jpg (I don't have any rights to this photo)

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    1. Hello,
      I appreciate the comment, thankyou.

      However, a half sun is another name for a combtail. I have heard a halfsun be referred to as a full crowntail halfmoon as you suggested, but from my knowledge, and from the knowledge of well known Betta experts, it is a misconception.

      I can't seem to be able to open that link, sorry.

      Thanks for your comment,
      Sarah.

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  43. HI! Can I put 2 females together in a 5 gallon tank?

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    1. Hello Felicity,
      I wouldn't recommend it. While females can be kept together, they do have a pecking order which is established through little bickers. I would have at least five females to a tank, any less and the aggression doesn't get spread around and they fight.

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  44. My sisters and I recently just bought a male Mustard Gas crown tail, as our royal blue VT died.
    It took me a bit to figure out just what color variation he was, but when I found this site, it made things much easier!

    Peaches (as my younger sisters call him b/c of his fins), is a dark blue color, with a brown head and back, with a 'peachy' apricot colored caudal fin along with the one on his belly.

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    1. Hello,
      Mustard Gas is one of my favourite betta colourings! I'm glad I've helped you identify what colour he is. :)
      Peaches sounds lovely.

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  45. Thankyou! This website was very helpful! I now know my betta is a Royal Blue Veiltail. My friend once had a yellow halfmoon and a white veiltail. Thankyou so much, I plan to get a black melano or a marble.

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    1. I'm glad to hear that I've helped, you're most welcome. :)
      Melano's and marble's are both gorgeous colourings, good luck sourcing them.

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  46. I bred my red veil tail to a female plakat,what breed will possibly be generated?

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    1. Hello,
      Longfin (veil tails) is dominant over short fin (plakats), so the fry will all be veiltails but carry the plakat gene. Depending on the veiltails genetic background you may or may not get a couple plakats in there - but I'm assuming this is a pure veiltail so won't happen.

      As for colouring, Red is a dominant colour... but you don't mention what colour the plakat is so I can't help with the results.

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  47. How do I post a picture

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    1. Hello,
      You can post a photo by uploading it to a photo hosting site (for example, Photobucket.com) and posting the link into a comment.

      Alternatively, you can also share photos and ask questions on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bubbles-Bettas/203497696445978

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  48. Ihave a gorgeous crowntail,captain, but his colours are strange. He has a black head, dark blue body,and his tail is mainly red tipped with white. Unfortunately, he got fin rot, so his white is only just apparent. He is healing, and is very curious. But i was wondering, is there a way to make his tail hel better? He has a 5 gallon tank, did have 2 brisstlenose,they died, a mix of plants, a place to hide and a leaf to rest on.




    Yes, he is very spoiled!;)

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    1. Hello, sorry for the late reply.
      If you could send in a photo I could definitely help with identifying his colouring for you.

      I've found that Indian Almond leaves (I get mine from http://bettawan.com ), a bit of salt, and waterchanges help with fin rot. You may need medication if it is bad.

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  49. how can I share this website on my facebook profile???

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    1. Hello!
      I would copy & paste the link into a post - or you could share the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bubbles-Bettas/203497696445978

      Sorry that there isn't a direct share button, I shall look into it.
      Thankyou, and apologises for the late reply!

      Sarah.

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  50. Hi Sarah!

    I got a veil tail male betta today, and I've been trying to figure out his colors. His body is a distinct solid purple and his fins are solid red. So he is definitely some sort of bicolor, but I'm not sure if he'd be considered Cambodian or not, because of his purple body.

    What are your thoughts? I can include a picture if you'd like.

    Thanks for your time! Your site is amazing and so helpful! (:

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    1. Hello Leah,
      If you could include a photo that would be terrific!

      Thanks,
      Sarah.

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    2. Here's a photobucket album of some pictures I took today. I took them after he ate so his tummy is pretty big haha.

      http://s94.photobucket.com/user/Sparrabeth726/library/Betta%20Fish

      Anyways, I'm inclined to think he's not Cambodian because his body isn't entirely solid purple (since his head fades back to red) and not fleshy colored like all Cambodians I've seen.

      And I know there aren't any true purple Bettas, so I'm not sure if I'm even correctly identifying his body color.

      What are your thoughts? It doesn't really matter, I'm mostly just curious (:

      Thanks Sarah!

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  51. Hello,
    Looks like you have a red veiltail - he does have some overlaying iridescence which is making him look purplish - but he is still red. I wouldn't call him cambodian.
    He's quite a cute little boy!

    Sarah.

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  52. Hi i have a male beta i cant figure out what he is...
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/431967_10151627160039218_1002865253_n.jpg

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    1. Hello Tara,
      Looks like you have a chocolate veiltail. He appears to have slight dragon scale, although isn't fully covered in it.

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  53. I'm thinking of getting a dragon scale witch kind do u think r the best eye catcher.Joey

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    1. Hello Joey,
      Can't really answer your question as taste differs from person to person, you will have to see what you personally find the best eye catcher. I personally love copper dragons or platiums, but many people love blues or red dragon scales.

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  54. This was great, i truly learnt more about bettas.

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    1. I'm glad this article has been helpful for you. :)
      Thanks for the feedback.

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  55. Great information! I never particularly liked bettas then my son gave me a steel blue delta tail for Christmas. We named him Beethoven. We have thoroughly enjoyed his company on the dining room table as our centerpiece. When we sit down to eat he will come to the side of his bowl to see what we're doing. We usually give him a nibble, too. Just brought home a gorgeous dragon scale crown tail, creamy body with blue/red fins. Thinking of naming him Bach. Looking at your photos lead me to believe he might be marble. I'll have to take pictures to document color changes. Thanks for your help in identifying them!

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  56. thank you very much i have bought a betta is name is blue sky someone is asking what is it ang now i know he is a butterfly delta tail im so happppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppy for him

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    1. Hello, I'm glad you've been able to figure out what type your betta is. Butterfly deltas are gorgeous, all the best in caring for Blue Sky.

      Sarah.

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  57. While this is a very interesting article, and I learned a lot, I see you have missed a Betta. The Elephant Ear Betta. I find this breed to be very fascinating, and would love to see something up about them.

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    1. Hello,
      Thanks for the feedback. When I wrote this article Elephant ears/dumbo bettas were still in the minority and were no where near as popular as they've become today. I have been meaning to add them in, thanks for the reminder - I'll make a note to edit this article shortly.

      Sarah.

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  58. Hi, I have a double tail Betta boy whose body is black and white speckled and his fins have thin short streaks of either black, coral, or teal and the rest of the fin is completely see through. Is there a name for Arnold's color type? :)

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    1. Sounds like your double tail has the marble gene. If you would like a definite answer feel free to send in a photo.
      You can post a photo by uploading it to a photo hosting site (for example, Photobucket.com) and posting the link into a comment.

      Alternatively, you can also share photos and ask questions on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bubbles-Bettas/203497696445978

      Hope this helps,
      Sarah.

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  59. Hi,first of all you have a great site! I have just bought a betta and it looks like half crowntail (the bottom) and half veiltail. Is that even normal? His color I think is melano black

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    1. Hello,
      Sounds like your betta is a combtail.

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  60. Hi! Love this so much, I do have a question though. The second picture underneath Cambodian coloring, is that a male or female?

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    1. Hello,
      That betta is female. I bred her last year.

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  61. My betta is green but that color isn't listed above. Is that a normal color?

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    1. Hello,
      Any chance you can send in a photo? Could be a different shade of turquoise I'm thinking.

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  62. Hi Sarah

    Here is pictures of my 4 betta's. Can you tell me what types they are?

    Regards,
    Lindy

    http://s995.photobucket.com/user/mintylindy/media/2013-09-07174452_zps80be6da1.jpg.html?sort=3&o=4#/user/mintylindy/media/2013-09-07174452_zpsc66a9bd5.jpg.html?sort=3&o=3&_suid=138078137686507791261499673285

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    1. Hello,
      I'll go by the names of the photos hopefully that's correct.
      Jelly Bubble appears copper crowntail, but has a lot of red wash.
      Christmas looks like a royal blue halfmoon.
      Goldie is hard to tell from the lighting, he could be a few different shades but I'd just say non red (yellow) halfmoon.
      Barbie is a multicoloured halfmoon.

      Hope this helps,
      Sarah.

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  63. Can you tell me what type of pattern my betta is? I'm completely clueless!
    http://s897.photobucket.com/user/BettaQueen12/library/?sort=3&page=1

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    1. Hello, the link won't work for me, not quite sure why sorry.

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