Originally Posted by karenluvsbettas623
This was a legitimate question that belongs in this section. It all started with someone making an ASSUMPTION that the OP intended to buy a fish to show, and not raise their own fry. The question was whether the fish was show quality, it was a legit question. The OP never took ofense to the fact that his fish was not "show quality". Many breeders start wit non-show quality fish who have a trait they like, and then they breed towards improving, the EE trait is still not very well developed in long- finned bettas therefore, it counts as a legitimate question.
If you really want only "show quality" fish to be posted here, then you need to be specific in your sticky. Put "only show quality fish here, that meet ibc standards, if you do not know what the ibc standards are, then you probably shouldn't be posting here" but since it doesn't say that, people shouldn't be nailed against the wall, not for how their fish look, but for even asking the question.
We all know basement bettas is good at what she does, trust me, we know, i know, i follow her fb page, there is no doubt there. If she feels like a question is not worth her time answering, then she should simply abstain from answering it.
The problem is the fish is presented like a pet fish. Is it show quality. NO. But how in the world can some one take that pic and present the good and bad so ALL can benefit from the critique and understand WHY is it not.
This section is to educate, not for people like me to just give you a yes or no on the quality of your fish. It is really not fair to ask about show anything when you present pet presentation. Evaluations on fish to breed are useful as you see what is easy and what is hard to fix. You get the down dirty of breeding stock and know what you need fixed. Asking show quality is an invitation for me to rip that fish apart for no good reason. As a breeder that info would be valuable. As a fish you just think is pretty and are going to enjoy.. it is not worth it. To the op or the fish.
I know most of you think I am cold and heartless. But this section is a little different than the rest. It is for serious evaluations on breeding stock, learning to understand the show system and raising fish with the intent to meet a standard and show. It is not to see how a fish you bought happens to stack up to show quality. You want to breed nice fish, present the fish properly and let me know the purpose. Breeding for what? You will get an honest evaluation against the standard you are trying to meet. I am not going to rip apart your pet, and like I have stated.. there are plenty of other places for that kind of evaluation here.