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Old 04-03-2011, 08:30 PM   #1 
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Thumbs up Will they breed?

First off id like to say i have no intention to breed these bettas but i always wonder with the nest he builds what would happen if i pull out the divider...? I know how you setup a proper breeding aquarium but these bettas are housed in a maybe 3 gallon or more container with a devider in the middle. Its wide and shallow. It is covered. There are floating plants, a pinch or gravel. No filter or heater, but i keep them in a room with the ac shut off so its probally about at 78f. Im told they are plakat dragons. They are 5 months old. Also what do you guys think about these bettas? Thanks for any advice!




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Old 04-03-2011, 08:32 PM   #2 
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And i know this may sound stupid but what makes this fish a plakat dragon? Is it just the short fins or do they grow bigger? Just curious if these actually are plakats...? Ill have better pics tomorrow of them and the setup.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:39 PM   #3 
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They are not dragons at all. They are red HMPK.

As for if they would breed they might but you are not prepared. Spawning should take place at at least 80* and fry are best raised at 82-86*F. You need a thermometer to know exactly what your temp is because water temperature will be several degrees lower than ambient room temp.

You also need a much larger tank to grow fry out in besides a 3 gallon, not to mention separate tanks to condition and house the pair, plus foods for the fry.
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And about the bettas; are they plakat dragons? what does that mean exactly...?
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:53 PM   #5 
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They are plakats, to be specific they are halfmoon plakats or HMPK. They are not dragons. "Dragon" bettas exhibit thick 'armor-like' scaling. Originally this scaling was only white but through selective breeding you can now find dragon bettas in a wide variety of colors.

Here is an article about dragon bettas.
http://www.bettysplendens.com/articl...articleid=3433
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So wat makes these guys halfmoon?
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:30 PM   #7 
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The 180 degree spread of the tail. :)
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:31 PM   #8 
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The tail shape. It's rounded like a half moon shape.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:51 PM   #10 
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Sorry, but your fish is not a dragon. He might be a dragon geno (if he shows thick irid on body - picture not clear).

Further he is not a HMPK. To be half moon, the caudal needs to be a half circle shape. Your fish is round/oval - so he is a regular PK.
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