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I heard a lot of people said petco king betta are giant betta which is false, i dont know why petco call those round tail king betta, this make a lot of confusions for some. I will just call them round tail betta or fighter. Their price should cost like a regular round tail plakat disregarding their size.
I breed fighter betta and they have 2 size, medium and large size. Those king betta from petco size look just like my 5 stars fighter large size except that they are less aggressive than the real fighters. I'm not here to talk about my fighters but to make things clear. Real giant betta are 2.5 to 3 inchs when they are about 5 to 6 months.
So, petco king betta are not giant betta.
 

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Yeah, the little "info" booklet-thingy at the store even says that it is basically just a plakat. A very stout one, but a plakat all the same.
 

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I thought they were Half-Giants, but was soon educated on the subject. Now I know they are just big Plakats. We have one named Brutus. He was $20.00 at Petco; we don't regret paying the price though. :love:
 

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I paid $14 for Sykes. I'm too scared to add up the total cost for my 20 gallon setup that he has all to himself at the moment. He's a big fat prince at about 3 inches (all of it body length). So i can't imagine what he's going to grow to in a largish tank. :)
 

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There is a store 2 hrs driving from my place, he sell the same kind and same size like those ones from petco, and they cost only $4.99.
There is one thing i dont understand how petco calculate the selling price. That store owner is specialized in marine fishes but he also carry a lot of freshwater fishes and he has a little of betta.
One of you paid $14 and the other $20. Here it is only $4.99. Petco is ripping both of you off.
 

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There is a store 2 hrs driving from my place, he sell the same kind and same size like those ones from petco, and they cost only $4.99.
There is one thing i dont understand how petco calculate the selling price. That store owner is specialized in marine fishes but he also carry a lot of freshwater fishes and he has a little of betta.
One of you paid $14 and the other $20. Here it is only $4.99. Petco is ripping both of you off.
Where is "here"? I don't know about where you live, but those are the prices for fish in the state of New York. I will see regular sized veil tails for $3.99 ocassionally. But the moment the betta is "special" in any way, the price hops up to $5-15. I don't think we are getting ripped off so much as we live in areas where everything is more expensive. :-?

I did see one Veil tail king betta. I felt like buying him because he was so big he filled the cup and couldn't move. But I didn't have the room at the time. T_T So, Petco can have real king bettas. But I have noticed mislabeling with king bettas as I have noticed mislabeling with every other type of betta. :roll:
 

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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.
 

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lol i have a Halfmoon that is 3.3inch ^_^ in my user photo 100% truth ..yep and he is only 4months
 

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Its personally easier for me to just import some fish and usually my Thai bettas end up being as large or larger than king bettas.
 

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yep i got mine during the week from Thai and my seller said his father is almost 4inchs a halfmoon im like dude O_O are u serious right now he said yes >.< so my Titan probably will get bigger and he is not a King betta, Plakat just a HUGE halfmoon his Spread is AMAZING because of his size
 

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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.

HM plakat


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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