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Old 11-28-2010, 01:24 AM   #1 
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Wink Caring for Different Tails

I'll explain how different tails have different care needs. I'll be covering:
  • Veiltails
  • Plakats/Plakat halfmoons/Round tails
  • Halfmoons
  • And Crowntails
Veiltails: Veiltails are the most common and hardy Bettas. They are hardy enough that they can survive in smaller conditions than most other tails. They can also stand dirty conditions for longer. Even though they can survive bad conditions for longer than say, a Halfmoon*, doesn't mean they should. It's best to have at least a 2.5 gallon tank with regular water changes. Veiltails also have the 2nd most "tough" tails of the tails I'm covering that are harder to rip or tear. Their tails grow back the fastest, too.

Plakats/Plakat halfmoons/Round tails: These are the Bettas with short fins and a rounded tail. They're probably the fastest Bettas, too. Because their tails and fins are so short, they have the toughest fins that are hardest to break. They're kinda average with the care level, and like all the tails should be given the right habitat.

Halfmoons: Probably one of the most popular tails of the tails I'm listing, it's also the most delicate. Halfmoons demand the best water conditions and the most room possible, so if you are a beginner it would probably be best to start off with one of the hardier tails that are easier to take care of.

Crowntails: Another tail common in petstores. They are those Bettas with the spikey tails. Some say that these Bettas are the most aggressive because their tail isn't too heavy. Some Crowntails have a halfmoon shape to their fins, but others do not.

All the tail types, whether I covered them or not, need good care. At least 2.5 gallons of water, regular waterchanges, and a proper feeding scedule. There are other posts to tell you how to take care of Bettas on this forum.

If I'm wrong on some of this information (And I probably am ) Feel free to correct me!

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Old 11-28-2010, 05:27 AM   #2 
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Crowntails do better in soft water. Mine has his rays melt when the pH was higher. Now it's around 6.0, and I've been adding a lot of blackwater extract, which seems to help.
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:38 AM   #3 
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Yeah, CTs seem to be more sensitive to cold and hard water.
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:21 PM   #4 
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I have a question about crown tails. haha it might be stupid, but do they prefer a certain type of food....( brine shrimp, pellets, flakes ect)

I have 2 VT and they eat anything I put in their tanks, and my CT hasnt eaten since I've gotten him. It's been over a week and Im starting to get concerned.
I feed him everyday still, but end up cleaning it out after I get home from work.
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:09 PM   #5 
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I think food preference depends more on the individual fish rather than tail types. Some guys are just pigs that'll eat anything, while others take time to accept food. Just keep trying feeding him different things. I had a VT that took a little over a week to accept his food.
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:14 PM   #6 
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rumble: I agree with Jupiter the tail type doesn't matter when it comes to feeding

Everyone else: I didn't know crowntails like softer water and require more care with warming up the water temp. If I could I'd edit that in /= oh well.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:24 PM   #7 
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One thing I have found with keeping bettas is the beautiful veiltails as they age seem to have difficulty swimming due to their long flowing tails. I don't find them nearly as long lived as the crowntail or the plakats myself.

The sturdiest and most hardy to me is the plakat, these guys are built strong.

I currently own 2 doubletail deltas, never had these before so i guess time will tell. I could also see these guys having issues as they get older with their long beautiful tails but we will see as time goes by.

All bettas are beautiful no matter what kind of tail, I feel these fish need the best care us owners can give them as "most" lfs that have them do not take care of them while they are in their care.

So provide the best home for your betta(s) you can.....
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:36 PM   #8 
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Double tails are known for getting bloat easier, so giving them a fast day is important, and some need to eat less or eat their meals separated throughout the day as opposed to all at once!

They're all still the same fish, care is technically the same, but these are just some of the subtle differences...saying one fish is hardy doesn't mean you should keep it in a .5 gallon, it just means the fish can probably tolerate your early keeping mistakes better than a less hardy fish!

Just looking at the tails should really give information on them--plakats..short fins, fast, might need more room than a halfmoon.. I know mine makes great use of his 5 gallon! Crowntails have such thin rays...easiest to break, easiest to look 'messy'...a few days of improper care with a crowntail will show up more because the fins will decay faster! And just compare halfmoons to the veiltails they came from and even the wild type bettas...that took a lot of selective breeding, and just like a purebred dog, it will likely be more sensitive to things!

This is a nice little sheet, I like it. I wish I could have told my poor boyfriend about this, he's still working at regrowing the crowntail's messed up fins from the finrot he had gotten previously!
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:50 PM   #9 
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Your info on VT isn't really true at all. They are no hardier than any other type of betta. Hardiness depends solely on the conditions of the fish's health and environment. It has nothing to do with tail type.

Halfmoons do not require bigger tanks thank any other betta. In fact badly bred halfmoons that can't carry their fins like they should be able to should have smaller tanks and shallower tanks. Their fins are no harder to to take care of than any other fish as long as you do not have any sharp plants or heavy water flow in the tank.

Crowntails are by far more difficult to care for because to have straight and unbroken rays they require very soft water and very clean water.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:47 PM   #10 
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so for crowntails how would you keep the water soft? would tap water be hard?
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