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Old 04-29-2012, 03:31 PM   #1 
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DragonScale? What are they?

Thanks for looking and/or responding. What does the term dragonscale mean? I bought 2 of the dragonscale betta at petsmart last night. Will the tails stay small like the plakets?
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:33 PM   #2 
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Dragon scale bettas have a heavy build up of metallic on their scales. They can come in any tail type. I think pet-smart only sells male plakat dragon scales. (:
http://bettysplendens.com/articles/p...articleid=3433

Do you have any pictures? :D
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:31 PM   #3 
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Oh ok Thanks! No pics yet. Plan to get some today, been have troubles with my other hobby, chickens. Got some that arent being nice to each other today and ive had them both out several times and have had one out at all times since maybe 11am lol. Ill get the pics after the chicks are separated and ive had dinner lol.
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:42 PM   #4 
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I know the PetSmart near me sells ones labeled "Dragonscale Betta" that all tend to me male and either plakat or halfmoon plakat. They sell halfmoon dragons labeled as halfmoons.

They do come in a variety of colors and tail types though.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:01 PM   #5 
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I often wonder if there really is a "true" dragonscale... Mostly it seems a term thrown at any betta that is either silver or white, but i see people claim "Dragon" on fish of nearly every color, and everyone i look at has the same scales as any other Betta.

Supposedly the real dragonscale bettas have extra big white or silver scales, but i have yet to see one that is truly any different than a regular betta. I haven't really been looking tho.

But yes the ones at Petsmart are plakats and the fins will stay that size.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:40 PM   #6 
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Thanks for the info. Im very happy with the one after he came outta the blue water, the second on changed way to much : ( Maybe he will get as blue as he was at the store with good nutrition.


I saw this boy and knew I wasnt leaving with out him. : )



Not metallic at all and was bluer at the store : (
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:48 PM   #7 
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well the colors may change a bit while they get used to their new homes.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:17 PM   #8 
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Yea, PetSmart's "Dragonscale Bettas" are more accurately considered plakat males (there was one that I thought may have been female, but upon closer inspection was definitely a male). Oftentimes they are dragonscales as well, but not always, and we've had some dragonscale halfmoons come in that were labeled as halfmoons.

Dragonscale isn't simply a metallic fish, but the scales are supposed to be thicker as well (easiest to tell on the gill plates) -- much like a dragon's scales are supposed to be thick. Color-wise a "true dragon" is supposed to have a white dragonscales on the body overtop of the base color, which shows in the fins. Apparently there has yet to be a "true dragon" with the blues -- they can have the thicker scales, but they won't have the white scales on the body.

Here's an article on dragonscales: http://www.bettaterritory.nl/BT-AABDragons.htm

It's a bit of a read, but I found it to be rather interesting myself.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:36 PM   #9 
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Sometimes some of their normal halfmoons are dragons as well...

Dragons have thicker scales, or at least look thicker, and will have a metallic body. Though not all metalic bettas are dragons. If you look on Aquabid in the halfmoon section or halfmoon plakat section, you will see posts saying dragon... Or ...dragon have a look, it is much easier to see visually what a dragon looks like rather than through words.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:18 PM   #10 
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I have some dragons I bought from a breeder. Here are a couple of pics. Please excuse finnage on my boy. Egil hurt himself getting past a divider.
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