Originally Posted by Curlyfatbottom
Not a straight edge is not a hm
Hm is classified
Straight edge like a D shape
Four or more rays
That's the IBC standard but it's not the rule. There are female HM without even having a full spread that have placed and won in IBC events. I know this because I asked Sherolyn, who is a known betta breeder. She also won at the last event BOS. Males are expected to have a strong 180 spread but females are normally judged off their rays and form. Sure we have now been getting females with full spreads but they are not as common as you may think.
You can quote the IBC standard all you want, but like I said that's the ideal standard and not all fish are going to meet that standard completely, and that doesn't mean that they are not going to produce HM fry or are not considered HM.
When you breed bettas for as long as Sherolyn has, and win IBC events like she does I will give you some credit over her in this topic.
Also according to the standard all of the OHM fish and skyhawk fish are not HM. Yet they still produce HM fry.
All HM fish do not have even fins, does that make them not HM since it's written in the standard?
You can't pick and choose what rules are non negotiable and which one's are not.
You are admittedly not even a member of the IBC.
In my opinion you lack the credibility to make judgments like this. I have seen no spawns from you, nor have I ever seen or heard of you winning any events.
Anyone can google information about breeding bettas, but few can produce good fish.
My fish Blue girl. She came in third at a IBC event. She doesn't have straight edges either and yet she placed. If she is not a HM how did she place?
And if she is not HM how did she create this fish?