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Old 03-23-2012, 07:35 PM   #11 
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The king bettas aren't normal plakats. They have much heavier bodies then normal plakats, and are larger. If the kings in your area don't look any different then a normal betta whoever is selling them is mislabeling them.

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HM king betta. This guy was 3" when I got him and had grown a 1/2" by the time he passed away. Almost all the HM king bettas I've seen are his size or larger, the normal kings tend to be a little smaller.


Same HM king next to a crowntail



I just got this guy and measured him right now just to be sure, he's 2.5" and is the smallest king I've ever seen. He's also less bulky, but still bigger then any of my current bettas.


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Old 03-23-2012, 11:32 PM   #12 
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I don't feel like I was ripped off. In my area, you will not find the large Plakats at any other store but Petco.

I think if we talk about price for betta, it doesn't matter where you are, any petco in United State are exagering about their price. Maybe you should ask your petco store manager how much did he pay the king betta at whole sale price each and you will see the difference.
I supply a store owner in WI for my fighters 5 stars, larger size, they are mostly 3 inchs and are 1 year old or more. I sent him a box of 60 males each month at whole sale price for each $4 and he sell them in his store for only $8 each and labeled as fighters 5 stars. I sell my fighters males here between $60 and $300, the young ones.
He mislabeled them because any fighter plakat older than 7 months don't have all their strengths anymore because they are old. Usually a betta fighter plakat lifetime is only 3 years, for mines, i dont know about others.
The king betta you got from petco are old fishes and they are probably 1 year old or almost 2 years old.
If you have a store, you can order those kind from a breeder in Thailand for each $0.50 at whole sale price for a minimum quantity of 100 per box then you can sell them like petco for $20 each.
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:39 PM   #13 
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Bettas are raised in Asia in giant ponds, with little difficulty, and for large amounts. They are pond bred and raised and are often sold at nearly a year old in most cases. Usually the smaller bettas are the younger ones at 5-6 months old.
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:58 AM   #14 
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The king betta you got from petco are old fishes and they are probably 1 year old or almost 2 years old.
If you have a store, you can order those kind from a breeder in Thailand for each $0.50 at whole sale price for a minimum quantity of 100 per box then you can sell them like petco for $20 each.
He wasn't very old, he grew half a inch while I had him which leads me to believe he pretty young.
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Bettas are raised in Asia in giant ponds, with little difficulty, and for large amounts. They are pond bred and raised and are often sold at nearly a year old in most cases. Usually the smaller bettas are the younger ones at 5-6 months old.

Not all the betta are raised in Asia today. I have a friend who raise giant hmplakat and giant round tail in Florida, he has 30 cement tanks cover.
My brother raise vt, ct, round tail and super delta and he live in Arizona, he has 50 cement tanks cover.
I have another uncle who live close to Las Vegas and he raise imbellis, mahachai, and fighters. He has 30 cement tanks.
I'm in California, i raise ct, hm, hmplakat, fighters and i have 45 cement tanks cover. I purchased a house and stocked all my males betta in that house, only special person can visit my betta's house and my farm.

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Well I meant as far as where chain stores are getting their fish. Most come in from Thailand.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:13 PM   #17 
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I didn't say Petco doesn't overcharge for their King Bettas.
I simply stated that I do not feel like I was ripped off, which I don't.

Also, I'm pretty positive our King boy is under a year old. He has grown since we bought him in September of last year.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:33 PM   #18 
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I didn't say Petco doesn't overcharge for their King Bettas.
I simply stated that I do not feel like I was ripped off, which I don't.

Also, I'm pretty positive our King boy is under a year old. He has grown since we bought him in September of last year.
Everything you buy anywhere is marked up from what the store paid for it. That's the nature of retail. You were not ripped off if you like what you bought and it's worth the money to you.

Being ripped off is buying a fish on aquabid and having it die the next day.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:33 PM   #19 
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I didn't say Petco doesn't overcharge for their King Bettas.
I simply stated that I do not feel like I was ripped off, which I don't.

Also, I'm pretty positive our King boy is under a year old. He has grown since we bought him in September of last year.
I don't think I over paid for mine either. And my first king grew a lot after I bought him so he was definitely under a year.

Also, Petco gets their fish from American breeders. A lot of their fish come from a company in Florida and the bettas at my petco are from Sacramento.
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Yeah, I realized that the price was high when I bought him. But it's totally worth it. He's too much fun to regret purchasing.
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