What is your definition of a "modern", and natural betta? Without your full opinion your above post makes little or no sense, due to the amount of wild bettas still available in Thailand, A wild B. Splendens most likely will not have any deformity and will also be as close to a wild specimen that you could possibly attain. There are also wild type color bettas which is what I would define as a natural selection, once again you need to define a natural Betta as some people are clueless to any other type of Betta than the domesticated type with multiple colors, and long fins. I would classify baloon rams and mollies as badly bred fish due to the common deformities along with the shortened lifespan, growth, and ability to get sick easily. Where as a Domesticated colorful Betta has no heightened advers effects, the only noticable one that I have encountered between types is activity, due to the length of the fins. Little Betta fish is a very experienced member, so her information is very valued. Her post was correct, baloon mollies, and others a deformed ad affected greatly negatively by it, while your post seems to be not a very informative, correct one
Last edited by Mo; 04-07-2012 at 08:43 PM.