The fish store that did have one similar to that but one of the employees got him. :(
They sell koi bettas for $35 which is a far cry from the $100 price tag on Aquabid.
Perhaps you could ask at your store if they could get a Koi in for you, they probably deal with the same breeder that they got the other one from. So they would likely be able to get another if the breeder was asked.
Back when I was looking for a butterfly betta, I went out to one store and asked if there was a way they could order one and woman who handled that said she had no control over what the supplier sent. She was rude and their bettas didn't look great which why I never went back.
It took me three weeks but I got a dragon betta with butterfly markings from the place I found that sells koi betta. I've had him for a month and it was worth the wait.
Petco bettas are another story. I saw one last week that was labeled as a dragon scale but he looked nothing like mine or the photos I've seen on aquabid.
Half the time the employees don't really know the difference in betta types. They even get the tail type wrong in some cases.
If you get the same kind of reply from this place, you could ask when they normally receive new Betta shipments so you will have a idea when to go in and have a look. Or ask them if they do happen to get a koi in could they put it aside and give you a call. I know it probably wont happen but there is no harm in asking.
They normally get their shipments on fridays. It's usually a mix of crowntails, halfmoons and veiltails. The fish are mostly males but they sometimes have one or two females. This place really knows bettas. They've even had white ones and others called black orchids which are solid black.
I think they were a while back, not so much now because of demand for them, but I think they would be of a better quality supplier than the usual petsmart. The same thing will likely happen with the koi, as more people want them more breeders will breed them.
For us in Australia a halfmoon is difficult to come by. Most shops only selling veiltails or crown tails. There is a specialist store that imports from Thailand and she charges anywhere from 55 to 70 Au dollars for a halfmoon male. Yet I noticed at my local pet barn they are beginning to stock a few halfmoons and they were charging 25 dollars so that has to be good for the consumers. plus they were pretty good.
That's good. I remember when male veiltails were the only ones you could find in pet stores, this was in the 90s. First time I saw a crowntail was in 2002. Years after that I learned about deltas, halfmoons, double tails, plakats as well as different colors and markings.
I saw two king bettas at a Petco and they're huge!
Halfmoon plakats are a cross between a halfmoon and a plakat right?
I remember when I first saw my first halfmoon, it was in a pet shop I travelled to get to. And I was like wow I have to have one. Even though it was 45 dollars and you can by a veiltail here for about 5 dollars and crowntail for about 9.