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Hello, I'm developing my first betta tank right now. I have a ten gallon tank and the betta would be the only resident. Considering, the size I figured I could put a giant betta into this tank.

Can anyone recommend a good giant betta breeder that ships around the US? I think for health concerns a giant PK would be good for me, but I would prefer something more like a half moon, non PK. I'd love to have something with flowing tails and fins, but it seems that they have more health problems, or am I wrong about that?

Also, about the prices I see on ebay or other online shops. I see some websites selling one betta for $40-50. Does that include the shipping or does shipping go on top of that?
 

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Hello, I'm developing my first betta tank right now. I have a ten gallon tank and the betta would be the only resident. Considering, the size I figured I could put a giant betta into this tank.

Can anyone recommend a good giant betta breeder that ships around the US? I think for health concerns a giant PK would be good for me, but I would prefer something more like a half moon, non PK. I'd love to have something with flowing tails and fins, but it seems that they have more health problems, or am I wrong about that?

Also, about the prices I see on ebay or other online shops. I see some websites selling one betta for $40-50. Does that include the shipping or does shipping go on top of that?
Generally does not include shipping. I bought mine here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1502942366681779/

Shipping is $12.00. Loc is in Sacramento. He does not guarantee Giants as whether they develop to size depends not only on genetics but on how they are fed. They are from Giant parents but that's not a guarantee. I feed live and frozen at least 2x per day. Ask for age and body-only measurement no matter where you go. Loc's sale page is Tom Five Stars Betta on FaceBook. However, to see the ones on the link above you need to ask to join the group.

Here's the chart:

Giant growth:

3 months – 3-4 centimeters long (1.5")
6 months – 5-6 centimeters long (2.5")
9 months – 7-8 centimeters long (3+")
 

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The problem with giant's growth is that it is highly dependent​ on gebetic, water space and parameters, plus food.

Good genetics but raised in small 1g tank, will stunt growth. Good genetics, not fed enough will cause poor growth and will not grow to its full potential.

Another problem is; not all will carry full giant genetic combo. Many will lack needed genes and cannot grow. However they will have the appetite and quickly reach 4-5 cm but then suddenly stop growing . . . . This is why most breeders will not guarantee full giant growth. Most of them don't exactly know which individual will grow as full, big giants. . . . Not because they are deliberately mislabelling their stock.

When buying giants, it is best to buy 4 month old with a minimum body size of 5.5cm (minimum size to be considered as giants). If cared for properly, and has good genetics, these can grow (should) to at least 6-7 cm by 7-8 months. But those less than 5.5 cm will mostly grow to only 6cm - if it has good genetics. And those less than 5.5cm might have poor genetics thus won't grow regardless of water and food. . . . .

Many great breeder/expert have dificulty growing this type to its full potential . . . . Usually those dedicated to breeding giants are more successful.
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Note: good genetics + ideal water and food can grow to 4cm in 2 months and 6cm in 4 months.

Bad genetics can grow to 3cm in 2 months but will practically stop at 4cm, after the third month.
 
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