Guh. All this arguing and blah here these days...on every thread, it seems.
I LOVE 'fighter' type bettas. It's hard to know what to call them, as 'plakat' can mean either a fancy HMPK or a 'traditional' - is that a better term? The type bred for fighting, I call 'fighters' to distinguish them from the fancy type.
I have a 'fighter' type plakat, and I love him to bits. He is big and aggressive, flares at everything and 'fights' with even the tiny snails in his tank.
He is in a heavily planted 10 gallon dirt tank, and spends all day 'hunting' the cherry shrimp in the low 'bushes', it's really funny to see him swimming on the bottom all sneaky like an eel..
One day I'd love to breed this type, as they make great pets, very entertaining and full of personality. I was wondering, too, how on earth anyone managed to put such aggressive fish together and have them not kill each other, and I guess this why conditioning and exposing them to each other for short periods is so important. I would be scared to put a female in with Cole right now!
So please, those experienced with this type of betta, keep the good advice coming. One day I will be in need of it!