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Does anyone else have a lyre tail? If so, post a picture! I've barely seen any other than my own little boy and I'd like to see what others look like:)

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I was actually told by someone else in a different thread that he's a lyretail and that doubletails don't have a gap between the two caudal fins
 

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They do indeed. Lyretails are completely different, and look like this (couldn't find an actual pic of a betta, they're quite rare)-




Double-tails have a lobed tail, like your boy.
 

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Ehh.... he's just a doubletail. I don't know what the person your getting your info from is thinking XD
 

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but i'll accept that there's no real way to know unless someone is a breeder because i've been told it's a lyretail, but other websites label them as double tails.
 

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I have to say, I'm pretty sure he's a DBT. Look at the photo of the lyretail molly, and look at your boy. Maybe there's a kind of doubletail people like to call lyretail but it's definitely a different phenotype and the mollies called it first I'm afraid. :p

He's really gorgeous, though. I've seen fish like him selling for 40$ on aquabid. :)
 

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That is a doubletail-two lobes that mirror each other...not a lyretail (the molly pic is a good example).....I breed lots of doubletails for that awesome wide dorsal fin and twin lobes......
 

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Yes you have yourself a very pretty lyretail male betta.
Doubletail and lyretails are very different tail types but same at the same time.
For example if you look at the betta in my avatar, you could see that he is a real double tail. as for the fish in the below picture, he is a lyretail. The lyretail's caudal fins are a lot more spreaded than the doubletails.
You can easily see the difference in the two. The male in my avatar looks like his caudal can fit in a flower as the one in the picture above does not.


Not true. The amount of which his caudal could "fit in lower" does not matter- any betta with a natural lobing of his caudal fin is considered a doubletail. Sometimes the splits in the middle of their tails don't reach their bodies- but they're still considered double-tails. Just not show-quality doubletails. Heck, there are even such things as fuse-finned doubletails, where they don't have lobes! :p


Search up doubletail betta on Google images. Same fish as your boy.
 

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Ooh, nice. As said, some Double tails have lots of spacing, some have none (like in the case of many Halfmoon double tails, like mine) so they pretty much only look like halfmoons, and some tails are double but look only like theyre split down (fused) :D
 

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Yes, they do... If lyretails were so common, many people on the forum would have them, and there would probably be a whole seperate section on Aquabid for lyretails, let alone any people selling any lyretail bettas. If every type of betta is on Aquabid, why not lyretails? :p

Lyretails are characterized by the wide V, U, or loose W shape in their tail, with the edges of the fins pointed.
 

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but if NOBODY can find a betta with a tail like other lyre fish, who is to say the betta lyretail isnt different? unless you're an expert, you can't say.
 

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I agree with Betta slave and Pew. They were simply giving their opinions in the thread. :)

I would defiantly say that your fish is a double tail. And a very pretty one at that!!

To be honest, I've never even seen a picture of a lyre tail betta, not sure if I even believe if they exist.
 

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someone in another thread said there is only 1 guy who has a strain of lyretail bettas and I want to say they said he is in Japan? My personal opinion is that it is a double tail. Lyretails have a different, more distinct look, as pewpewpew and other members have pointed out.
 
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