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Old 12-06-2013, 09:55 PM   #11 
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Not sure what you mean by short finned plakat... Short finned HalfMoon perhaps?


Standard according to the IBC
Standard - The shortfin HM is a short-finned version of the symmetrical long-finned show fish. Shortfin Halfmoons can be shown in any color and are judged for color by adherence to the ideals of that color. - - In all other respects, the shortfin HM should mirror the standard show Betta in conformation and color.



Here is an example of one

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Old 12-06-2013, 10:00 PM   #12 
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Traditional Plakat
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:00 PM   #13 
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Show Plakat (HalfMoon Plakat) which is what your beautiful male is

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Old 12-06-2013, 10:09 PM   #14 
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Thanks Mo. And yes, I meant short finned halfmoon. That was a pretty confusing typo.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:36 PM   #15 
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Ok thanks that is what I was thinking .
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:11 PM   #16 
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I'm not really into shows so I'm no expert at this and I know this is a bit late, but better late than never -

PLAKAT = short fin. What ever the fins may look like, plakat means short fin. Perhaps to avoid missunderstanding the IBC clarifies name by calling them "Short fin"

The original form of short fins is round tail.
HM = a perfect half circle caudal ("D" shape) - thus caudal edges must be pointy, not round.

The plakat or short fins were cross bred to long finned HM (HM were initially created long fin). Now the IBC classifies them into:
Traditional (second picture posted by MO), Asymmetrical (third picture), and Symmetrical. ALL plakats/short fin must have 180 spread, traditional with 2 rays round edged caudal, Asymmetrical (longer anal lenghth) with 4 or more rays and pointy caudal edges, symmetrical with 4 or more rays BUT this class must have even fin lengths and longer dorsal.

The term HM-PK is what people use to indicate that they have 180 spread. It isn't. to my knowledge, a term used by the IBC that calls them short fin. The IBC considers the symmetrical and the asymmetrical to be HM short fin (they must have a "D" shape caudal). But public just call any PK with 180 spread as HMPK.

So basically it is only different terms used by IBC and public.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:20 PM   #17 
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Plakat Classes for the 2013-2014 Show Year

D1-Traditional Plakat Male
D2-Dark Show Plakat Male
D3- Light Show Plakat Male
D4-Patterened Show Plakat Male
D5- Multicolor Show Plakat Male
D6-Short fin Halfmoon Male
D7- Traditional Plakat Female
D8- Show Plakat Female
D9- Doubletail Plakat Male-Type 1 and Type 2

Notice that no where is the term HMPK, It is a ShowPlakat it should be HM, if it is not it will be faulted( my take is-it has to have a 180 spread).
A traditional can havea 165 spread.
The above is according to the new IBC Standards.
My take is- if it does not have the slanted Anal Fin then it is a Short Fin Hm.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:52 PM   #18 
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I just wanted to add in, the wild type bettas are all plakats. So, no. Not all plakats are halfmoons.

I never knew that there were specifically short finned HMs ... Still, your betta is definitely a HMPK and a gorgeous one at that. Can't wait if you decide to breed him!
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:18 PM   #19 
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Oedipus

I bought my 2nd betta,Oedipus, at Petco when he was just a baby. Im not sure if he's actually a male or female. I also think he's a plakat but I'm also still unsure. Im some what new to betta keping but I have always had aquariums in my house. Does anyone have any comments on my baby Oedipus? I would be happy to hear your opinions!
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:14 PM   #20 
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This doesn't really belong here ...

Anyway, like I told you before, Oedipus is probably a male VT. You need to start a new thread on this or post it in the "Official Petco Baby Betta" thread. You can't just post it a lot of different places. The CT contest was really an unnecessary place to post the picture as well. I'm not trying to be rude, just informative. You need to find a proper place to post.
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