Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Chat
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-08-2012, 02:42 AM   #1 
xShainax
Member
 
xShainax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: South Glens Falls NY
Long flowing fins

I love betta's but I feel saddened about how much people tampered with them. Poor Taz's anal fin is huge and I can't even imagine how it feels swimming with that extra weight
xShainax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 05:41 AM   #2 
Aus
Member
 
Aus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Australia!
After watching my small HM with huge fins struggling so hard to drag them around and even biting them off to get relief from the weight, I am honestly put off owning any more long-finned bettas.

There's nothing prettier than a healthy long-finned male, but when I see fish with massive rose- and feather- tails, and dumbos who can hardly swim at all, it does make me a bit sad for the species.

I also believe breeding for prettier colour/finnage over hardiness is making them weaker on the whole. The original fighters were bred to be hardy and tough on top of the species' natural toughness, a reputation that still carries over regarding froufy-finned weaklings which are generally very far from 'hardy' and tend to drop dead if you look at them sideways.

I'd --love-- to see some of the Thai fighter-breeder's standards of fish health be applied to the long finned bettas. Hard scales, clear eyes, high aggression/energy and great health are IMO way more important than developing froufier, purpler fins on a fish that can't even swim..

Last edited by Aus; 07-08-2012 at 05:43 AM.
Aus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 06:30 AM   #3 
Olympia
TFK Moderator
 
Olympia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Even the plakat will be ruined soon. It's all that inbreeding. :/
I'll never have a HM, my delta is enough, and he has tiny fins too.
Posted via Mobile Device
Olympia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 07:16 AM   #4 
Catfish Billy
New Member
 
Catfish Billy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: England
I agree. Bettas weren't meant to have very long fins and even their colours aren't natural. You can tell if you see a picture of a wild-caught betta. Then again they are beautiful! :)
Catfish Billy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 07:19 AM   #5 
Olympia
TFK Moderator
 
Olympia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kingston, Ontario
You mean this dull little wild caught fellow?





Colour isn't as much of a problem. I don't mind inbreeding once or twice in, but after that fish really need new blood. Goes for any strain of any animal you are selectively breeding, people let the gene pools get too small.
Olympia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 07:34 AM   #6 
Aus
Member
 
Aus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Australia!
eta: ^ +1

I should note, to be clear: I have absolutely -nothing- against bettas that are not inherently weak of constitution and/or unable to swim effectively.

I started keeping these fish for a reason.. I think most here will 100% understand why. They are pretty special fish.

But I do see human vanity and selfishness sending bettas the way of those unsound and clearly deformed critters that were once Persian cats and British Bulldogs..
Aus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 12:05 PM   #7 
xShainax
Member
 
xShainax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: South Glens Falls NY
Spitfire bit his fins towards the end and passed away. I almost lost poor Romeo because of his tail biting. Taz..He is finally healing
xShainax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 12:18 PM   #8 
Purple
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Alabama, USA
I like bettas for their character and personality. If I had these little dudes with the same charm as a "pretty" fish I would be happy. They're actually pretty cool! :P

Purple is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 01:18 PM   #9 
fleetfish
Member
 
fleetfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
One of these days I will have wild bettas. They're so beautiful from what I've seen. What species is that, Purple?
fleetfish is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 02:20 PM   #10 
Purple
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Alabama, USA
No idea.

I was just looking at some wild betta species, and I stumbled upon B. raja... Wow they're beautiful!
Purple is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A Curious Question Regarding Long Fins, Short Fins, and Wild Bettas. True Indigo Betta Fish Care 4 04-17-2012 11:38 PM
How long does it take for fins to regrow? Kiwimommy Betta Chat 0 07-07-2011 11:00 PM
How long does it take for betta fins to heal usually? ltshinthebetta Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 5 08-20-2009 09:17 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.