Hi I an new to the forum. I just got a Betta this past Sunday. I was told he is a Dumbo Betta. I think his tail looks a little funny. I will post a picture can anyone tell me more about him? It's not a great picture I will try to take a better one. I can't tell if he is a Dumbo Plakat or a halfmoon it looks like his tail isn't done growing. Any Betta Savy people out there who have any idea. Thank you!
He hasn't flared yet. Is there a way I can get him too? I am also assuming he is a young guy because his tail isn't that big. That was why I thought he might be Plakat because his tail isn't that big. I can't even really tell what color he is. I am so new to this. I only ever had the standard Betta before.
I tried to get a better picture and I tried a mirror. He is hiding behind the filter right now. It doesn't look like his tail can flare anymore then it is. I honestly have no idea. He seems to honestly be much better then he was in the pet store. He seems to be getting a lot more color.
Do young Bettas have small tails like that? I am nervous something is wrong with it. That is partly why I am confused at to what kind he is. The pet store didn't honestly seem to know anything else about him. :(
Leave him alone and let him settle into his new home. It looks like his tail is damaged. This happens with halfmoon tails a lot. Caused by dirty water (a common pet store phenomenon) and nipping (bc in a larger tank with a filter they find it hard to swim). I would say its the former in your case since you bought him with a short tail.
No problem as long as the water is kept really clean.
Pet stores with a high turnover get and sell bettas at about 4 months of age. Their tails are not 100% grown in but you get an idea for the shape. Your bettas tail is not uniform or even on the edge.. It almost looks a bit crowntail-ish. So this will grow in.