Well I will chalk this thread up to I am the only one who likes big ear bettas, or at least owns up to liking it. lol (Guess there is always one in the bunch :/... me! lol)
Someday if I do breed bettas I am seriously (so far) considering trying to produce one line of them. (not dumbo like the first pic, but big like the video.) The picture of the fish in my mind is amazingly beautiful. It's not like I don't have respect for perfect (described) Betta types, and would shoot towards that too, if again, I ever decide to breed them.
I hope my posts don't sound like i'm yelling/being snotty etc. They aren't meant to be, if anyone is taking them like that.
I have been reading what I could about the trait, and from Betta hobbyists it is either a "love it, or hate it" trait. Very few are neutral about it. I have not found anything as of yet specifically showing me how it was bad so I can really compare. (and understand)
Anyway thank you for the replies I got. :) I will continue my research, or if all else fails, and I can find my dream betta on aquabid at a reasonable price (NOT close to $100 when you add in the high shipping cost! It's a neat trait, but not 100 bucks "worth it" to me.) I might just have to snap him up, buy him a betta mansion, and dote on him. ;)
BTW-I would have just edited, but I guess it stops letting you edit your posts after a certain amount of time passes.
Take care, and best wishes to all!
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