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post #11 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-23-2016, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Ok seriously who decided cutting up fry was a good idea? Wouldn't that have a pretty high mortality rate anyway?

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And there goes my faith in humanity for the day. Time to get off the internet.
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Ewww. I saw one of those "bullet" bettas and I thought it was a natural deformity someone was trying to make a buck on. I had no idea people actually cut them up. That's horrifying.
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Holy cannoli.
Geez sabrinha, good grief, where on earth did you find these pics?????
....and who the heck is selling these tortured betta???

So sad, truly animal cruelty. Just terrible.
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@LittleMan it was pretty much just bad luck!

It started with looking for light colored plakats, then I found the California Betta Society and was looking at the pretty bettas on their Facebook page. Someone had posted a picture of one of the "Flowerhorn Bettas" and said people were actually trying to buy it. I thought it was photoshopped but did a quick search just to make sure. Nope. Not photoshopped. There was actually one that sold on aquabid a few years ago. I ended up on forums with people talking about them and a couple people mentioned "bullet bettas" so I had to see what that was. Now I know way too much about the dark side of betta breeding.

I also discovered that the bullet betta is easily achieved by breeding two double tails together apparently. The babies are then sold as a rare type of betta. It's horrible.

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They aren't actually cutting the fish They look stunted, I doubt any fish would survive the mutilation needed t get that shape

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Eeeeewwwww it's all bizarre

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post #18 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-23-2016, 05:17 PM
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those bullet bettas really remind me of ranchu goldfish.
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Another nickname for the Flowerhorn bettas is actually ranchu betta

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I'm not sure if those "betta bullets" are the result of cutting the back end off of fry... Could be 50/50 mutilation or mutation/stunting, I think. But I know that is how they get "heart" blood parrot cichlids. They cut the caudals off of regular young BP and as they grow (if they survive... Fatally rate would be high, I suppose), the dorsal and anal fins can grow overlap and or even fuse together over the wound.

When I was younger, we got some juvies from an uncle. He was really excited to give them to us, thinking they were some really rare special species (what the LFS told him). Must have paid a lot for them too, but he didn't know any better. We ended up getting two BPs which were normal and kept them together. Thinking back now, the five which had their tails removed never quite thrived in comparison to the normal pair. They also had other physical issues (trouble eating because of malformed mouths, swim bladder issues, etc.), most likely from poor breeding. We had them for a few short years, but I think they would have lived longer had they not been purposefully put at such a disadvantage.

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