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Old 02-05-2013, 07:31 PM   #3511 
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I think this eBay boy is absolutely gorgeous and love his color. My problem? The cloudiness over his eyes isn't just a trick of the light - his seller has him listed for $65 as a rare "snake eye" betta and brags that it's such a rare, beautiful trait. I don't know if that's a genetic defect or not, but if it is there's a darn good reason it's rare since he's surely visually impaired to some extent.


On a lighter note, I think this boy is very cool:

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Old 02-05-2013, 07:37 PM   #3512 
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Opaque Eyes

That is a not so rare opaque color covering his eyes from the Dragon and Platinum genes. He is almost blind now and will surely be completely blind soon. Gold and Copper Bettas can have that problem in certain lines. For the seller to try and sell a defective handicapped Betta like that and pawn it off as special makes me sick!
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:01 PM   #3513 
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Ah, I think I have heard that that can happen in certain lines - guess I thought that it didn't happen until later in life, and not in a younger fish like this one (seller claims he's 3.5 months). Not saying he couldn't make a decent pet for someone who knows what they're getting into, but $65 for a handicapped fish is just sad and wrong.

Dunno if I'm just paying more attention or what, but it seems like more and more eBay betta listings are for fish that have some issues - there's the one above, plus several with wonky scales and/or rays, and a couple who are either wierd DTs or have really torn-up tails.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:16 PM   #3514 
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Does anyone know if dragons with no mask are less likely to develop this problem? I always wondered about that. I bought my coppers without mask in some hope it may lessen their chance to get eye plates.

Pitt they are very eye catching though.

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Old 02-05-2013, 09:02 PM   #3515 
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Pitt you got me looking on Ebay. I know this guy list on Aquabid too. He has the same female listed twice on Ebay. The three marks on her side give it away.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Copper-halfm...item3cce7614a1
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Purple-coppe...item3cceafe93a

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Old 02-05-2013, 09:10 PM   #3516 
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Although not from Aquabid... Fell in love with these two!

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This one is beautiful too!
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:56 PM   #3518 
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Does anyone know if dragons with no mask are less likely to develop this problem? I always wondered about that. I bought my coppers without mask in some hope it may lessen their chance to get eye plates.

Pitt they are very eye catching though.
I have 6th generation Red Gold (Fire) Dragons and have never had any problems with coloring on their eyes. I've done several outcrosses to non-Dragon lines too so that may be the key by not inbreeding or line breeding them. A lot of my Fire Dragons are piebald or Monkey faced as some call them and they do not have the heavy Dragon scaling on their heads. That too may be a factor in eye coloring. Many sellers have photos with several different angles showing the extent of the Dragon scaling to show how complete the coverage is. I think that's why the eyes can become colored or even scale over. It's too bad the Red arrows on this ones cheek were not on his forehead pointing down. I could sell him as the Avatar Betta! LOL!
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:10 PM   #3519 
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I love this guy!

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Old 02-05-2013, 10:11 PM   #3520 
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$220 for a wild betta... 1 bid already.. dang :V!

It's a nice betta but 220?!

http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/aucti...tas&1307688892
So weird looking!
This one is stunning for a wild type!
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