Wild betta splendens. Basically these fish were bred starting in the 1200s for aggression. As with anything, new forms popped up and the fighters were created. Then in the early 1900s the first new colors started popping up and eventually the long fin mutation started.
I'll post more tomorrow. I'm dying of sleep deprivation over here.
Who am I? Well I am a Junior Member of the International Betta Congress and a breeder of white HMPKs, red dragon HMPKs, black/red dragon HMPKs, metallic multi HMPKs, blue masked HMPKs, and now multi color HMs. Soon to add black HMs. I will be showing in New Breeder class in fall of 2012.