Yeah, from what I've seen of Aquastar here lately, I was really surprised that beauty is an Aquastar fish!
That picture right there is what I mean by not being able to pick a petstore fish after spending so much time in this thread though. I stopped in the one next to work last night and there was a stunning purple. Never have seen anything quite like him. However, in addition to being a veiltail (which I've never been fond of), he had some really wimpy looking fins on him. Three months ago I wouldn't have noticed that.
@ Olympia- Freedombettathailand is the one who sells the bettas with the missing parts. He's a HMPK breeder, I don't think I've seem any HM's from him. It's a shame too cuz some of his fish are pretty nice but I wouldn't give money to a person selling deformed bettas.
@ MrVampire181- I agree. Even though I'm fairly new to breeding bettas I've done my research as to what the standards are for each type of betta. I don't choose breeding stock just because they're a pretty color. I can go through AB and every once in a while a fish will really stand out and I'm like "wow"! I really choose carefully when picking breeding stock especially since I want to get in to showing. With that said I'm still learning and I'm glad there's many knowledgeable people on here and the IBC sites. If I was breeding white hmpk's I'd be snatching up this girl http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/aucti...hmp&1333917475
Haha with pet store fish I always take the one that just looks me in the face and then I can't put em down :p some of them look like they're begging for you to take them.
That's the other thing, Mr purple wouldn't face me, he kept turning on me all 90's "talk to the butt, 'cause the face ain't listenin'" XD My reaction, "fine, your backside isn't that nice anyway, you can just stay here!"
I'll be very honest... 99% of these fish, from a breeding standpoint, are not great looking. Very rarely do I see a nice fish worth breeding (like my import whites).
That's why I want to breed plakats first, so much less you can truly mess up on. I just need to find when I will have the time, money, and room to breed.
I have to agree also because most of them of some wonky fins or some super long anal fins. I know HMs are harder to breed because they don't get a whole lot of truly genuine 180s. I guess finding a good pair will take a while.
I saw a halfmoon marble plakat earlier, he was gorgeous! I want a really nice marble plakat from the states, any one have some that are almost ready to sell?
dad of my first spawn is a marble. they're still a little bit small, but they're getting there. the pic in my sig is a link to their spawn log. babies from the boy in my avatar are only a few weeks old