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Old 12-27-2012, 05:11 PM   #1 
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Is this plakat male or female?

I just got this little guy/girl from petsmart. The container said male but just want to make sure. Sorry it is a little active, cannot take a good shot of it.Name:  IMG_9176.jpg
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And what is the difference between halfmoon plakat and reg. plakat?
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:30 PM   #2 
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the ventrals are too long, i'm gonna say male. also, he has a male body shape (no extra "wieght" around the midsection where girls carry eggs.)
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:33 PM   #3 
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Hm... That looks very male to me, but I could be wrong. Can you check to see if s/he has an egg spot?

And a HMPK has a 180 degree caudal spread when flaring while a PK will be less than 180 degrees.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:40 PM   #4 
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Ok thanks. The label said it is a male dragon. Nothing about PK or HMPK. So i guess this one is a regular one then

This is the other one that I picked up, because it kept looking at me and follow my hand even though i was only gonna get one. Bettas know how to get to your heart huh. It was the green/blue one's neighbor.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:53 PM   #5 
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Both are really gorgeous, I wish I had a dragon! "Dragon" or "Dragonscale" refers to the coloration of a betta...where the body is a solid color, usually white or a metallic, that makes it look like the fish is wearing armor.

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The first betta looks like an Opal...literally! :D
The dragon looks like a Lancelot.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:27 PM   #6 
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Definitely a male, no doubt about it!
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:51 PM   #7 
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I second the male motion for sure.
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Do you have any new photos of that dragonscale?

The 3rd photo you posted shows some strange looking scales. It's not symmetrical.

The 2nd plakat is more uniform. Both are male plakats.

I don't think I've ever seen a female plakat at petsmart.
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I don't think I've ever seen a female plakat at petsmart.
not labeled as such, anyway. we got a female who looked plain steel blue and was labeled as a female veiltail, she turned out to be a purple mustard gas halfsun plakat. quite a steal for $.99!
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I stopped going to the local Petsmart back in August I think. But the employees @ that store are relatively knowledgeable & have owned their own bettas for several years.

I've been looking for these "mistakes" in labeling, haven't seen one yet.

I definitely know enough NOW, but I'm not finding the the opportunities to capitalize on it before the employees spot it FIRST.

Since June of 2012, I've only gone in these stores 12 times all together. Checked out at least 800 containers.

2 mistakes of Veiltail males marked as Halfmoon males.
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