Hello, I'm new to the community! I bought a purple Giant ("King") with white variegated fins at Petco about a month ago. I originally wasn't going to purchase any fish that day since the new aquarium I was fabricating wasn't completely finished yet, but this big guy caught my eye so I bought him on impulse, lol.
So just yesterday I was reading on the net about Betta coloration, and purple kept coming up as being described as rare to very-rare. I also found out through my reading that the white variegated coloration is called "Salamander" in Betta terms. I ended up going on Aquabid.com to see if there were any of this coloration for sale, and sure enough there were 3 giant "purple-Salamanders" for sale, all ranging from $100-$120. They looked identical to my fish, and were the exact same size (2.5"-3").
So I'm curious, is this actually a rare color, or was I just lucky to find a really cool and friendly pal from Petco?
(Sorry, the images are probably grainy since they were just off of my iPhone)
This is the one that was valued at $120 on Aquabid
And this is my quy in regular room-light
And my guy with some sunlight
Thanks for any input!