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Old 04-16-2011, 09:16 AM   #11 
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There's a happy median between long fins and excessive finnage on long finned fish IMO. That's why I won't breed a fish that is hampered by its fins. All of my long fined fish have no trouble swimming around, even in a current. That is because they are WELL bred, WELL fed, and WELL cared for. That's the difference between long fins and this. Long fins can still lead very normal lives in even large tanks. Too big pectorals is bad for business.


Instead of making the pectorals larger breeders should work towards making them colored. Half the attraction to these new pectorals is they're colorful.
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:30 AM   #12 
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My new white SD has one dumbo fin and one normal fin. He looks like Nemo XD
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Old 04-16-2011, 12:54 PM   #13 
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I guess what mostly turned me off to this mutation is... have you ever looked at a betta and watched how many times they beat their pectorals per second? Even when they're not actually moving through the water they use them to stabilize themselves, they're constantly moving. I'm just not convinced that the fish pictured can move effectively.

I have thought about halfmoons' finnage, and I think that normally it isn't excessive to the point of discomfort to the animal. And if it is uncomfortable, the fish will just bite it all off anyway. I don't know if a fish could 'trim' its pectorals...
Thank you, now i see how important it really is for them to just have short "ears" /pecs.

Well, maybe it was just an experiment and should now be stopped because its possible for the breeders not to know how much trouble it is for this fish to move efficiently.
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Old 04-16-2011, 01:32 PM   #14 
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Beautiful color.
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Old 04-16-2011, 02:44 PM   #15 
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Oh my goodness, thats the biggest Ive ever seen. Im not a huge fan of Dumbos, though Ill admit I think theyre cute when only *slightly* larger than normal, but when theyre big like this, I really think it must be exhausting just to swim around, since thats theyre min source of momentum...

If youre looking for "big ears" search that, and maybe stay away from quuiiiteee that big. Thats certainly not a fun thing for it..
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:43 PM   #16 
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Most of the bettas available for sale today are actually mutations that were selectively bred. For example, the long finned brightly colored multiple branched halfmoon bettas that many of us adore would simply not survive in the wild for long. Then again, most domesticated animals would not survive in the wild for long. So......
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Old 04-16-2011, 04:15 PM   #17 
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Most of the bettas available for sale today are actually mutations that were selectively bred. For example, the long finned brightly colored multiple branched halfmoon bettas that many of us adore would simply not survive in the wild for long. Then again, most domesticated animals would not survive in the wild for long. So......
Survival in the wild isn't really the point. It's when you start to have doubts about that animal's quality of life even in a controlled environment in captivity that you should start taking a closer look at the mutations you're breeding for.
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Old 04-16-2011, 04:16 PM   #18 
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Thank you, now i see how important it really is for them to just have short "ears" /pecs.

Well, maybe it was just an experiment and should now be stopped because its possible for the breeders not to know how much trouble it is for this fish to move efficiently.
Personally, I think that this will be around for a while, but I doubt it will catch on in the mainstream. It might become part of the standards in a moderate form, but I don't see them putting in something this... massive. :U
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Old 04-16-2011, 04:23 PM   #19 
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Survival in the wild isn't really the point. It's when you start to have doubts about that animal's quality of life even in a controlled environment in captivity that you should start taking a closer look at the mutations you're breeding for.
I totally agree with you.

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Old 04-16-2011, 04:31 PM   #20 
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This is exactly the reason why I don't breed or sell rosetails.
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