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I was looking at another thread and the author was showing what I thought were beautiful fish. He was asking for peoples opinions and was getting some replys. "Anal fin is too long was one". I like many think they are all beautiful fish but it got me wondering what does a perfect betta look like? I'm not breeding for money or shows but it would be interesting to see a fish and be able to discern good traits. can someone explain what a judge would look for at a betta show? Would be great to have pictures depicting what is a good trait and what is a bad trait. What is all involved (finnage, size, color?)

Think it would be cool to walk in a pet store and look at the fish and know more than "this one is pretty".

Thanks!
 

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I don't have a pic of a show HM but I'm sure someone will be along that does. Although I do have a good show HMPK. I'm not a show breeder I just happened to pick him up and got lucky. You see how his dorsal fin and tail fin curve together almost perfectly? almost like its the edge of a circle. For HM you want that edge of a circle all the way around from dorsal to anal. when we say "the anal is too long" it means the anal fin is too long to make a circle. Mr V should come around and explain it all. He's the one to talk to about getting the specs on what make a show fish. Or BasementBettas, or OFL :p or anyone else who knows about it :p
 

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There are many different standards for every different finnage type. You've got-

Crowntail
Traditional plakat
Asymmetrical halfmoon plakat
Symmetrical halfmoon plakat
Halfmoon
Doubletail

A good website to check out show standards is www.bettaterritory.nl Joep is the creator of the site and has very detailed information on Betta show standards, and he even has 3D model renders of "perfect" bettas. Go to his site and click on "Bettas4All Standards" towards the top. I'd pull some info and pictures from his site but I'm on my phone at the moment, it would take a long time. xD
 

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I want to learn too!! :-D
 

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I think that this is a good question for Basement Bettas and Martinsmommy to answer. Thry're both show breeders.
Past my bedtime so off to catch some z's. Will dig up some pics of HM's from AB and try to get some examples. Suppose I got to figure out how to post pics too.. anywho.. more tomorrow.. or later today. If someone can give the me low down on posting photos or a link so don't have to search much would appreciate it.
 

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at the bottom click "go advanced" once on that screen you want to scroll down a bit and find "manage attachments" a second window will pop up and that you select "choose file" which will bring up your pictures library. find the picture you want and select it. then hit "upload" after that you'll have to wait for it to upload and thats pretty much it. When you hit submit reply it'll be attached to the bottom of your post
 

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Here are 7 of my Best in Show winners and 2 of my reserve Best in Show Champions..These fish were judged at IBC shows...I am the current #1 Betta breeder in North America so these fish are good examples of what judges look for symmetry and balance.
 

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Here are 2 more examples of close to perfect show form and finnage...These 2 brothers were never shown..They were retained for breeding...They are brothers to the red/white blue BOS male on the left in the middle
 

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Google "betta show standards" it's really interesting, especially when you go to the google images for that search.

Wow on the show fishies above! Wish I had the time, patience and $$ to breed.
 

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Love the feedback I'm getting! Great looking fish. I haven't had a chance to really study the links sent yet. Starting to understand the finnage aspect. How about color or size? Are certain colors favored? Are pure white, black or yellow fish more likely to place than say a red, blue or marble? Can fish be too large or small? Hope I'm not asking too many questions. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!
 

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Here's a list of the different IBC categories-

A1 Red STM (Single Tail Male)
A2 Red DTM (Double Tail Male)
A3 Black STM (Single Tail Male)
A4 Black DTM (Double Tail Male)
A5 Red STF (Single Tail Female)
A6 Black STF (Single Tail Female)
A7 Red/Black DTF (Double Tail Female)
B1 Blue STM (Single Tail Male)
B2 Steel Blue STM (Single Tail Male)
B3 Green Turquoise STM (Single Tail Male)
B4 Dark Iridescent DTM (Double Tail Male)
B5 Blue STF (Single Tail Female)
B6 Steel Blue STF (Single Tail Female)
B7 Green Turquoise STF (Single Tail Female)
B8 Dark Iridescent DTF (Double Tail Female)
C1 Yellow/Clear STM (Single Tail Male)
C2 Pastel STM (Single Tail Male)
C3 Opaque STM (Single Tail Male)
C4 Light Solid DTM (Double Tail Male)
C5 Yellow/Clear STF (Single Tail Female)
C6 Pastel STF (Single Tail Female)
C7 Opaque STF (Single Tail Female)
C8 Light Solid DTF (Double Tail Female)
D1 Dark Bi-Color STM (Single Tail Male)
D2 Dark Bi-Color DTM (Double Tail Male)
D3 Light Bi-Color STM (Single Tail Male)
D4 Light Bi-Color DTM (Double Tail Male)
D5 Dark Bi-Color STF (Single Tail Female)
D6 Dark Bi-Color DTF (Double Tail Female)
D7 Light Bi-Color STF (Single Tail Female)
D8 Light Bi-Color DTF (Double Tail Female)
E1 Butterfly STM (Single Tail Male)
E2 Multicolor STM (Single Tail Male)
E3 Patterned DTM (Double Tail Male)
E4 Marble STM (Single Tail Male)
E5 Marble DTM (Double Tail Male)
E6 Patterned STF (Single Tail Female)
E7 Patterned DTF (Double Tail Female)
E8 Marble STF (Single Tail Female)
E9 Marble DTF (Double Tail Female)
F1 Wilds, Small Bubble nesters
F2 Wilds, Large Bubble nesters
F3 Wilds, Small Mouth Brooders
F4 Wilds, Large Mouth Brooders
G1 Mail Trios
G2 Female Trios
G3 Pairs
G4 Variations
G5 Form and Finnage
H1 Plakats, Wild Color
H2 Plakats, AOC (All Other Colors)
I1 Photography
I2 Illustration
I3 Crafts

IBC Novice Classes
N-A1 Dark solid color non-iridescent Male
N-A2 Dark solid color non-iridescent Female
N-B1 Dark solid color Iridescent Male
N-B2 Dark solid color Iridescent Female
N-C1 Light solid color Male
N-C2 Light solid color Female
N-D1 Bi-Color Male
N-D2 Bi-Color Female
N-E1 Patterned Male
N-E2 Patterned Female

As far a size, IBC rules prefer a larger Betta over a smaller one. If two bettas are tied for first, the larger Betta wins.
 
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