I'm so sorry, Bettas, for overlooking you these past 20 years.

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ConcentratedPassion

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Just as the title says. Over 20 years in the hobby l, and I've kept everything from giant danios to polypterus -- and a lot in between.

I have found myself absolutely infatuated with certain types of Bettas recently. Right now my favorite fish i own is a platinum silver/black dragon halfmoon that i named Drago. The majesty and predatory nature of them is just awesome, once you get past the "pretty, long-finned, colorful fish you can get everywhere" stereotype that i had been trapped in for so long.....


Any others have similar experiences or feelings?
 

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I agree. They are a fun fish to keep. I like their personalities, how they act and behave.
 

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We haven't kept bettas in 30+ years. But you're right, they are interesting fish. So many varieties these days!

You might want to try breeding them, if you haven't bred fish, it's time to try something new!
 

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Or...get into the wild types. Not as flashy as the domestic lines of hybrids (if you are getting a store bought betta, it's a hybrid, real splendens looks nothing like even the plakats). People tend to forget that there are tons of fish in the betta family, ranging from tiny to huge (b patoti and b ocellata both get 4-6 inches and are amazing).
 
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ConcentratedPassion

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Or...get into the wild types. Not as flashy as the domestic lines of hybrids (if you are getting a store bought betta, it's a hybrid, real splendens looks nothing like even the plakats). People tend to forget that there are tons of fish in the betta family, ranging from tiny to huge (b patoti and b ocellata both get 4-6 inches and are amazing).
Agreed! I'm already into them, as well. Just don't have any yet.
 

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I kept pearl gouramis for many years in a 20 long, with a shoal of zebra danios. I loved those fish! Now, my daughter was just gifted a betta at Christmas, and his personality is so unique! I second the "get a wild type" though. I just can't get over the "selectively by humans to be beautiful, but oddly conspicuous to predators" look. To be fair, I feel the same way about certain dog/cat breeds that we shall not name. Fainting goats though? Now those are just funny. But I digress.
 

MontytheDog

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Yes! They are beautiful. They are also on the list of threatened species, which explains the expense. Are they bred in captivity?
 
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