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Old 01-09-2010, 12:22 PM   #1 
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Understanding Your Bettas Fins

What Are My Bettas Fins Called?




What are Rays? and what significance do they have?

Different tail types have different amounts of rays. VT's, usually have two, as do CT's (though sometimes they can have more - up to 4 or even 8 sometimes). HM's have been know to have as many as 16 , but usually have 6 to 12. A HM with only 4 - 6 rays would most likely be classified as a delta or super delta. PK's generally have two (traditional PK's) and HMPK can again have 4-8. When you look for rays, they always start off at the base of the fin as one big ray, then branch off about 1/4 to halfway down the main ray. It's the branching you want to count. It can be tricky to see sometimes.

Here's a pictures to show you what I'm talking about.



I have highlighted this Halfmoon Plakats Rays, as you can see he has 4 rays. A Bettas Fins are measured by the highest ray count. So it could have a few rays with 4, and a few with two, but would still be classified as a 4-ray.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:25 PM   #2 
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Great post!! Isn't that the HMPK your getting!? :D
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:27 PM   #3 
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Yupp it is! :D
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:29 PM   #4 
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Thanks for this.. I'm always miss labeling the fins!
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:18 PM   #5 
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I believe I just saw this same article on Tropicalfishforums.
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:09 PM   #6 
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I'm glad you posted is I forget want their called all the time.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:03 PM   #7 
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I believe I just saw this same article on Tropicalfishforums.
I did too...
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:05 PM   #8 
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I'm glad she posted it here. I only have bettas so I've never been over to the tropical fish forum... I would never have seen it.
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I'm sorry I never go on the other forum, I only have bettas so I wouldn't need to...

Edit: I looked over there and I didn't see anything... :-/

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This is where I saw it previously:
http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?...r-bettas-fins/
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