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Old 03-13-2012, 12:58 PM   #1 
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Exclamation bullet betta!?!?! WHAT!

i was searching google for betta body shapes and i came across something sort of horrifying. apparently there's a new trend happening some where in the world where betta fish are having their tails cut off while still very young. this causes a mutation where there is no tail on the fish. i guess they're doing it to parrot fish too. i couldn't find much info on this except for one thread on another betta forum. i guess they're calling it a "bullet betta" or a "love betta".

here's the picture of one of these bettas.
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:39 PM   #2 
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:46 PM   #3 
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WTF?!?! Why are people so awful? :( :( :( How can they think thats okay?
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:46 PM   #4 
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i think that was one of Aquastar's..... he sometimes breeds DTs, adn i think that's an extreme deformity caused by that. :I

she's adorable... but can't have lived long....
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well, i found this one a betta forum from Malaysia. from what the person said that found these at a LFS there was a whole tank of them and a whole tank of parrot fish that looked just like it. i guess they personally know the breeder now because of their interest.
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:05 PM   #6 
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A mutation is a deformation that happens during development. Like cows born with two heads. This is a cosmetic alteration that happens after birth to healthy bettas. If bullet bettas are real, then this is a form of mutilation because the betta was severely damaged physically and then healed the best way it could.

I can't understand why anyone would want to do that to any fish. :(
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WTH, if someone is doing that on purpose that is animal cruelty for sure.

Lui, if you look closely i would say its a male. Long ventral and a a beard.

This is sad and wrong in so many ways.
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i think that was one of Aquastar's..... he sometimes breeds DTs, adn i think that's an extreme deformity caused by that. :I

she's adorable... but can't have lived long....
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well, i found this one a betta forum from Malaysia. from what the person said that found these at a LFS there was a whole tank of them and a whole tank of parrot fish that looked just like it. i guess they personally know the breeder now because of their interest.
Ok. Now I'm confused.

Is this caused by actively cutting off the tail of a young betta with a knife? Or is it caused by a glitch in DNA not forming the tail in the first place? If it is a genetic problem, then my previous comment is a bit off. I thought the breeder was physically cutting tails off of young fish that were born with healthy tails.
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;-; poor fishie!
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:19 PM   #10 
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That is horrible! Those poor babies! How could they deform something that cute just to try to get a new breed?!
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