Originally Posted by homegrown terror
thanks for the information! about what age can we start finding permanent homes for them? i know most giants i see advertised on aquabid are in the "still growing" state so i was figuring you have to start rehoming them pretty young. will the non-giant fry just be regular plakats and still desirable fish, or will they have to be culls? do you get more giant females or males usually, or is it all a matter of luck?
[For sale] Lavender salamander giant halfmoon plakat pair - YouTube
if they're still available, these two were the ones we were thinking of starting with.
"Giants" in my area are 5.5cm and above (body only). They are sold around 4cm and above .... not according to age. If you can get them grow to 4 - 5 cm in 2 - 3 months, they can be sold. BUT NEVER GIVE GUARANTEES that they are giants. They can suddenly stop growing any time. Less than 5.5 cm by 4 months is an indication that they wont grow to be true giants.
Keeping them too long is not a good idea. You will be burdened by space and food.
You will get regulars, bigger than regular (4-5cm), half giants (7cm), and true giants (10cm) .... if the parents are true giants. Half and true combined will only be about 30% max. The rest should be sold as regulars. It would be a good idea if you started with show form so rehoming wouldn't be a problem ...... unless you can rehome the runts.
The video isn't too clear - there are no perfect side view position. But IMO, other than a dippy head, the male looks OK enough. It's the female that worries me. Her fins looks too round/too PK. Thus you might get 90% or more of round PK fins.....if form is important to you.
If you can get Thai - check out Greatbetta ...... I think they've achieved both form and size.
Fry will eat and grow much more compared to regular bettas..... even the runts will eat more. Be prepared.