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Old 06-25-2012, 11:08 AM   #11 
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This is Pipo my Giant Solid Blue Veiltail who I rescued from my cousin! He is currently in a 1 gallon tank because his 5 gal in under remodelation!
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:50 PM   #12 
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Cool fish people, I've only got a small veintail but I really like him :)
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:57 PM   #13 
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How big does a betta have to be to be considered a king?
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:45 PM   #14 
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Who even knows what a "King" is? I don't know if anybody has figured that mystery out. I don't believe Petco has ever explained the origins of their King bettas. I've never heard of a specific size mentioned as being a King size. Just that they're obviously larger than the average betta, but smaller than a Giant (Which is a separate species I think? ), and I've only ever seen plakat Kings.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:21 PM   #15 
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It's not quite known what king bettas are. It's thought by some that king bettas are a hybrid of giant bettas (Betta anabatoides) and regular bettas (Betta splendens). True giant bettas are very large, measuring about 4-6 inches (although I have read that some have gotten as large as 8"). King bettas look like a regular betta, but they do have some characteristics of the giant betta. They grow to about 2.5-4". For reference, a regular betta will grow to about 2" max.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:38 PM   #16 
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Beautiful colors !!!
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:01 AM   #17 
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Here we go again!

1) "King" is a Petco marketing term indicating their line of larger-than-standard sized Betta. I have only seen Plakats. Other tail types are extremely rare and not likely to show up at Petco

2) Giants are B. splendens. Most other large wild Betta are mouthbrooders and cannot be crossed with B. splendens.

3) There is a genetic component to giantism (recessive). Absolute size is, therefore not the sole determinant. It is conceivable that you may see a genetic giant smaller than a large regular Betta.

4) The IBC (International Betta Congress) and most breeders measure their fish from nose to caudal peduncle (the start of the tail) not to the end of the tail. To avoid confusion, they sometimes say "BO"---Body Only. I have a 4 inch VT, but his body is two inches long. He's a fair-size fish but no giant.

Here's an article by a master breeder and member of this forum. Its status as a sticky testifies to its acceptance and agreement of other breeders and members.

There's a lot of information about giant Betta online. Need I say more?

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Old 06-26-2012, 12:05 AM   #18 
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I has a tiny spunky CT
But his attitude is larger than any king or giant xD
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:39 AM   #19 
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Yeah I own several wild mouthbrooding bettas and I can't see how they would hybridise with splendens. Completely different method of hatching the eggs and raising the fry.

I do have some big females but when my giants are side-by-side with them you can see the obvious difference in size. Plus I've found the proportions of giant bettas is different. It's not just an age/growth thing the whole body and everything else is bigger.
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