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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question plakat terminology

What makes a betta a "plakat"? Aren't they all technically? I noticed competitions have a different category altogether for this kind.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 08:09 PM
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i'm not sure what the exact difference is other than they are short finned, have less than 4 rays, are usually dragon scaled, and should have an asymmetric anal fin. They also have stockier bodies and dont normally reach 180* and tend to have darker or more wild type colorations. Plakats are usually bred as fighters and HMPK is bred as a show or pet type fish. (not saying everyone that breeds for PK is breeding to fight, but by the way I see them classified (5*) makes me think that its pretty common)

Really, the only real difference between PK and HMPK is plakat is the original form and HMPK is a HM x PK mix so they have short fins, but look more HM than a regular PK.

Plakat::


HMPK



See the difference in their Caudal and anal?



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Yep, that makes sense, thanks! So is a HM always going to be a PK?
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no. There's a long finned HM and a plakat version.
Standard Halfmoon:


Compare this to the second betta that Aemaki posted: The fins on the HMPK are significantly shorter, halfway almost between the HM and the PK.

As if that weren't confusing enough, there's a Double plakat, and a double halfmoon plakat.

Double plakat:


DTHMPK:

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No, HM is long finned. HMPK has the long finned HM bred with a PK somewhere in his background. The Halfmoon plakat and plakat are REALLY similar, just minor differences, kind of like looking at a super delta and Halfmoon when talking about long finned bettas

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+1 to sky willow, didn't see that when I posted.

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PK= short fins
Traditional PK=round tail, 2 ray branching
Transitional PK=Inbetween traditional PK and HMPK
HMPK=short fin and reaches 180, min 4 ray branching
Symmetrical PK=180 tail, anal fin is not pointy and doesnt go longer than the tail
DTPK=double tail short fins
CTPK=Crown tail with short fins

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