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Old 11-10-2012, 11:01 PM   #1 
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Please critique this double tail

If I was to start breeding betta fish at some point in the future, would this male be any good as a double tail starter? I'm not the best at judging the form and finnage as I've only kept them as pets so far. It would be appreciated if no one jumped me for my (possible) interest in breeding. I'm perfectly aware of all the costs and work involved. So, critique? I may buy him for future use if anyone thinks he's any good.

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Old 11-10-2012, 11:33 PM   #2 
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He seems healthy and good finnage to me.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:11 AM   #3 
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he's awfully young...he's still growing into his eyes and belly (they both look proportionally bigger than you'd expect) so his body shape might still be developing but so far he's a stunner! i love these part-dragon marbles that have been all over these days.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:40 AM   #4 
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I dont know about his form but i LOVE his color
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:54 AM   #5 
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He's pretty, and I love his color! However, his tail isn't split all the way to his body, the lobes are a bit uneven, his branching isn't great, and he has a couple stubby little rays at the front of his dorsal.

Personally, I'd be much more interested in the orange dalmation in the background!
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:04 AM   #6 
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I forget the name of the turm it is the straightness of the lines on the fins and they look great but how old is he?
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:52 AM   #7 
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Thanks guys! The posting says he's three months old, so he is a little on the young side, but if I was to buy him, I wouldn't be breeding him for months still, so that's not a problem. I really like his colour as well. As for the straggler rays on his dorsal, I was hoping those would grow out after a while. How important is it to breeders that their fish's tails are completely split and even? Also, are double tails popular? I live in Canada, so I'm not too worried about show standards, as long as the fish isn't horribly bad quality.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:54 AM   #8 
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Good for getting a young fish if I remember right 6 momths is when they should stop being bred. From what I have read getting a good female is very hard.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:47 AM   #9 
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1. He has equal length dorsal and anal = VERY GOOD
2. The front rays of his dorsal should be long - preferably as long as the longest ray.
3. Caudal does not split thus cannot be categorised as DT. . . But I love his caudal.
4. Notice his top line is rather hunched? You don't want that in young DTs. As he ages it may curve further (NOT ALWAYS). It's best to get young DT with nice even top line so if it does curve, it wouldn't be too bad.

If his body remains that shape he would make a good breeder EXCEPT for his dorsal.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:52 AM   #10 
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So in all do you agree he is a nice Betta?
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