That's exactly right with the HMPKs....they can be just so darn CUTE!....that's why they're swimming through my head and sticking around....making me spend hundreds on them...well, ok...I spent the $....its not like they brainwash you (Fringe anyone?) And turn you into mindless slaves...although, they do in a way....heehee :)
Most bettas I classify as pretty, beautiful, etc....like Angelina Jolie,
HMPKS, though are mostly just cute...like Cameron Diaz or Meg Ryan!
I won a recent auction by Farmfish66...a sweet little boy mostly white w/sprinkles of blue /yellow / green....he was so perfectly cute! Got an email from Paradon in his horrible broken English type that said he forgot that he put this boy on AB and that he brought it to Singapore with him (where he is evidently moving to!) and "so sorry! Can't really send him to me"....I am very heart broken over this as he was, finally, the right HMPK!
Keep a look-out for me....a small look-out as I've spent a bunch on ones like him lately...just not perfect :(
Oh, no. I just caught up about the dragon scaling over the eyes making fish go blind. I didn't know that! I went back and looked at the new girls I bought last week, that I'm supposed to get next week...and it looks like four of them have it. :(
Am I right? These girls will go blind, then? I don't have the room to keep them solo, and I'm sure a sorority cannot be a good situation for a blind betta....
I don't think any of those girls will go blind. They don't have dragon scaling. I think it appears that way, because they are looking down :) One of my fish have dragon scaling over his eyes, and it's really obvious, so I wouldn't worry :)
The middle two girls look like they COULD have it, but I also think that they are probably looking down and don't.
Look at the fish when they are swimming and looking straight, if their eyes look like they are partially covered then it MAY be possible.
I should also add that just because they may have the DS eye deformity, doesn't mean that they will positively go blind. It just means that there is an increased likelyhood of it and they shouldn't be bred. I didn't mean for my comment about the male I bought's eye to scare anyone out of buying any fish they truly love, I just wanted people to be careful when looking at breeding them so they don't pass it on.
When a fish looks like (s)he has something like a snake eye when looking directly at you/ahead, that is a sign they have the deformity. Not all DS have it, so don't get overly worried please