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Old 11-19-2014, 12:37 PM   #10711 
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Removing the fish from the tank is the only way that I know of to conclusively prove that perspectives aren't being played with, and the fish is the size advertised. Actually, I imagine a plastic baggie is not bad - the fish cannot thrash around and hurt himself, and he is angled and held straight, meaning that the photo can be taken very quickly and then the fish released. The smooth surface of plastic should be more gentle on the slime coat than a wet paper towel.

They aren't going to be lingering over this process. These peoples' livelihoods are depending on them providing healthy, quality fish as advertised.
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:41 PM   #10712 
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Or you could use a piece of string and just mark the point where the fish reaches to and then measure that against a ruler or measuring tape.

One way or another, I don't think the way of measuring fish pictures above is exactly humane.

Anyway, I really like this fish:
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Old 11-19-2014, 01:28 PM   #10713 
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Not particularly in favor of that method but its the only way to really insure they aren't lying. You can mark string anywhere. And with giants, I'd be pretty mad if they advertised a 5 inch fish and I got a 2.5 inch non giant. Its not particularly nice to look at and probably stressful true but so are car rides, shipping abd a lot of other thinga but its effective to prove facts. Also out of aesthetic reasons I'd never touch that CT...
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:36 PM   #10714 
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I think she has some pretty unique colors!
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Old 11-25-2014, 12:22 PM   #10715 
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I've found my Xerxes' brother, half brother, or nephew!
sorry no photo, too huge
quite positive he comes from the same direct family, as my boy. Has the redish pink pelvic fins now, his seller photo was that exact tail fin, this boy also has hints of Armageddon (red spots in pelvic fins).. tempted to prod the Florida seller and ask which Thai breeder he came from to verify (not that I couldn't buy the boy or anything).

also here's another pretty boy (dumbo pastel mustardness)

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Old 11-25-2014, 12:49 PM   #10716 
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Why can't you just place the betta in a specimen container like they have at LPS, put a ruler to the side and take a picture, then release him back into his tank? Take maybe 30 seconds to do. If you're worried about the width of the container affecting the measurement, you can also put in a piece of plastic mesh or something to limit the fish closer to the side of the container and then take the picture. He'd never even come out of the water.
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:49 PM   #10717 
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Water distorts images, even if you are straight on. I agree, it's a harsh method, but they are probably so quick at it now that it's not that long of time.

Aquabid is almost as addicting as the forums...I did find a guy on there that I've been kicking myself over not purchasing, since it would have only been like $20 since I'm in the same area as one of the courier carriers....Next time...
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aquabid, beautiful fish, fishy_fishy, i need more money, i need to win the lottery, why do i do this

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