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Old 10-22-2012, 07:13 PM   #11 
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Mine is by no means more aggressive and from everything I've read they are described as being more docile than regular sized bettas.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:02 PM   #12 
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Mine is by no means more aggressive and from everything I've read they are described as being more docile than regular sized bettas.
that's been my experience. it leads me to the conclusion that their size is not a result of the traditional "giant" gene as true giants and half-giants are more often than not a lot MORE aggressive that a typical splendens. as for people thinking they're crossbred with imbellis, i think that just comes from the fact that when they originally came out they were only available in a wild-type coloration, which some people mistook, along with their relative docility for imbellis traits. the fact of the matter is that most petco kings are not metallic like imbellis are, and a crossbreed between the species would most likely yield a smaller fish rather than a ginormous one. the king-imbellis hypothesis is just idle speculation.

that said, i've never seen a female for sale, but i wonder if they're referred to by the breeders as "Queen Bettas."
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:25 PM   #13 
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Hm... I'm taking genetics next term. I wonder if I could convince my professor to let me test to see if King bettas are hybrids. AND it'd be an excuse to get another betta...
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:40 AM   #14 
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I would also love to see a female king betta....LOL, damn must be at least the size of a normal male betta.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:45 AM   #15 
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Giant Betta (Petco calls them Kings) are B. splendens, not hybrids. They are raised to be large using standard genetic techniques, just as they are bred for color tail-type and form. Their personalities vary, just as standard Betta do.

It's better to do research rather than swap misinformation among yourselves. You might start here:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...-bettas-99066/
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Giant Betta (Petco calls them Kings) are B. splendens, not hybrids. They are raised to be large using standard genetic techniques, just as they are bred for color tail-type and form. Their personalities vary, just as standard Betta do.

It's better to do research rather than swap misinformation among yourselves. You might start here:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...-bettas-99066/
Well that's the problem...no one can seem to find any definitive facts about the kings. You don't think anyone has tried goggling this already? I even know someone who worked for Petco tried to contact their sources and still no concrete answers. Your referred website is yet another forum (which i'm not a member of so i can't even see the thread) so that only makes me suspect it's yet more speculation as well.
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Your referred website is yet another forum (which i'm not a member of so i can't even see the thread)
If you are a member of bettafish.com you are automatically a member of tropicalfishkeeping.com. You should be able to see the thread. I can.

I could not care less how giants/kings are made, I just know they are cool and I want one. Unfortunately the Petco offerings are all the same iridescent green/blue on black that I do not find attractive.
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If you are a member of bettafish.com you are automatically a member of tropicalfishkeeping.com. You should be able to see the thread. I can.

I could not care less how giants/kings are made, I just know they are cool and I want one. Unfortunately the Petco offerings are all the same iridescent green/blue on black that I do not find attractive.


I'm with you! I don't care what they technically are, I like them! I'm not a breeder so genetics really isn't as important to me. Don't give up on the Petco Kings. I got mine there and he's even brighter colored now than in this picture! :)
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I'm with you! I don't care what they technically are, I like them! I'm not a breeder so genetics really isn't as important to me. Don't give up on the Petco Kings. I got mine there and he's even brighter colored now than in this picture! :)
Was he dark when you got him? Also at Petco the kings are always clamped and so is your guy, is that just how they are?
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My first Petco King was a huge pink sausage of a fish with baby blue fins. He couldn't fit in his cup. That made him 3 in-long body only. He was subjected to too much ammonia at the store; only lasted a day.

My second one (my avatar) was a 2.5 inch-long (BO) cuddlebun who loved the camera. Came from Petco with internal parasites, got a little bloated one day and died in 24 hours. I've heard they can have tender tummies, but that's anecdotal; not supported by a lot of evidence.

My current King (I never learn) is only 1.5 inches right now. As feisty as the other was laid-back, he's an incredible dark copper color with so much iridescence the camera can't even reproduce the color accurately.

I've seen a blue and white marble dragon with red/white fins, a dusty grey/black with bright blue rays, two slightly greenish dragons with red/white/blue fins and a perfect classic white dragon with dark red fins (on hold or he would have been mine). And that's in a small-town Petco where, at my urging, they now keep their Kings each in a 20g with the platys, tetras and other ditherfish, so they're fully colored-up and active.

There's all kinds of information on giants on the Google machine---other fora and lots of articles. Try BettySplendens.

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