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Old 12-10-2012, 10:34 AM   #11 
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He's a VT, but has a spade-shaped tail when he flares. You can see it a bit in this picture. Would that make him a spade tail?

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Old 12-10-2012, 03:38 PM   #12 
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http://www.google.com/search?q=spade...w=1366&bih=556
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:46 AM   #13 
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I dont think spade tails are rare. Every true blood mahachaiensis (wild type)has it i just recently bought a mahachaiensis and that guy has it. Only that kind of wild type has it. Its not as common for show bettas to have it cause show bettas have been breed so anytimes so pretty much its like they have their own blood line now with their own features such as HM,HMPK,VT, ect......

But yea its very common and not rare. now if the mahachaiensis was to lose that then we know that they are not pure no more maybe due to breeders throwing fighters and show bettas into wildtypes/purebloods natural habitats whitch sadly they do and they dont realize that wat they are doing and it is screwing everything up

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Old 12-22-2012, 08:20 AM   #14 
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I think we are talking about Splendens here...
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:22 AM   #15 
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I think we are talking about Splendens here...
i was about to clear that up too....usually if people are talking about spade tails, they mean long-finned domesticated splendens, where it's a cultivated trait, rather than a natural form.
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Spade tail Guppies are popular in the Orient maybe spade tail Bettas are too?
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:41 AM   #17 
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Spade tail Guppies are popular in the Orient maybe spade tail Bettas are too?
i'm afraid that breed trends and popularity tend to be fairly species-specific...for instance, you'd never buy a betta from a breeder advertising that he'll grow an impressive lump on his head, but larger and larger "bumps" are very desirable for flowerhorns. likewise, if you saw a guppy being sold with big bulging eyes you'd wonder what kind of disease or parasite he came with, whereas i don't know anyone who'd sell a black-moor goldfish without telescope eyes.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:07 PM   #18 
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The Orient has so many fish Betta Spadetails might be very common there?
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:05 PM   #19 
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The fact that you can't find spade tails in Petstores is because (breeders) see them as veil tails. You only get spades when veils are missed labeled or from a breeder directly. ( A petsmart employee told me this)
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:51 AM   #20 
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Hello everyone!!

Supposedly they used to be common some years ago. Does someone know why they suddenly started being so rare?
You can find them on PK's.. there are always some on AB.
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