What do you look for in a betta? most people go for the colors.
Personally I like to go for ones that are more active and even flare I got two new ones today!!! Both in quarentine, but both active and eating on the first day
My previously bought one, Admiral has finally become more active after a week or so of having him. When I got him I noticed his back was a bit misshapen so they gave me him for 3$ - he is not very brightly colored, and does not have the full fins... And he does not come up to the glass to me just yet... and he is a bit of a push over (he is in the balloon molly fry tank )
I've always looked for color when I was younger. Haven't had betta's for years though. When I convinced the old bf that we needed one, I let him pick it out (then I checked it for signs of illness, and activity). Matt picked the biggest betta the store had -_- (boys, eye roll) and he was from a fresh shipment, active, flaring. Had spunk since the day we got him.
Since I'm itching to get another, I'll look at the fancy ones. Checking colors and obviously health. I've only ever had VT, but color combo's on CT are appealing to me lately :D
I would want to save any fin rot fishies :< Just because I know they might not be sold. But I'm so new to bettas and this is my first ever case myself that I wouldn't know about it.. Maybe when I learn more!!
I tend to go for whatever betta 'calls' to me....as silly as it sounds xD
I suppose I tend to lean more towards the unusual though; the more unique the betta the more interested I am in it....but still, it has to 'call' to me.
I do have a soft spot for Cellophanes however.....but I've always had a thing for white/albino-like animals(probably because it drives my mom nuts; the hates the red eyes), so thats probably why.
I don't really know, I just get emotionally attached to some fish over others. All three of the ones I've bought were fairly healthy, but last time I was at the pet store, there was one very sick boy that I would have bought if my Mom wasn't there to say no. He had two big bulges in his belly and was floating sideways, but I could tell he was a fighter because he was trying so hard to swim. Poor guy.
I go by tail type and color, also by size and if there is any tail biting or sbd or fin rot. I also look to see which are active. I also agree with what dragon fish said, about how they just call to you, on wednesday i saw a pretty marble hmpk that i feel in love with went today to get him and ended up with a halfmoon boy, he just called me its hard to explain. Ill spend a good 10-15 minutes looking at bettas even more if i have to. Although major has a small case of sbd which i knew before i bought him >.< oh well he is otherwise healthy besides that. my weakness is crown tails.