View Full Version : Pros and Cons of Different Tail Types?

04-14-2010, 05:36 PM
As I'm doing my reading, I do note the different tail types. Some articles say that choosing a tail type is all a matter of visual appeal.

However, I've also read where Half Moon Tails require a little more maintenance / care than other bettas because of their tail.


Am curious if there is anything to that, as well as any other pros and cons to the varying tail types.

04-14-2010, 05:54 PM
More maintenance? I don't think so. You may have to make sure that there's nothing in the tank that'll tear fins and such but that's about it but that's more or less true for all Betta and all fish in general. It's really just a matter of preference more than anything.

CT's tend to get their tips damaged pretty easily, VT's can sometimes end up with a tail so long that they can't swim correctly...


04-14-2010, 06:42 PM
From what I've seen, a lot of bettas may lose a good part of their tail at some point. It will grow back, but may not be as pretty, or may even look better depending on how it turns out. My betta has gone through this, but ,according to one breeder I found online, this is completely natural and it may happen simply because the tail starts to weigh them down too much so they get it "trimmed" kind of like a hair cut for us.

Here's a picture of my one betta the day I got him...

And here's a later picture of him...
The first picture was with flash on, looking at the tank normally his coloring is closer to this picture

And these two are from today a few minutes ago when my lights just turned on...
You can see the very top part of his tail fin is a little short; this was from a blind cave tetra that I probably shouldn't have bought. He has since been returned to the LFS after I found him nip my one platy and the betta.

Not the clearest picture, but it gets the point across; the one thing I do love about this betta is how he changes colors in different light. Nearly his whole tail can turn to red when he moves certain ways and it even makes it look purple when the red and blue kind of mix. Very cool in my opinion, more so than the real fancy-looking tails.

I honestly like how my betta looks now compared to how he was when I got him. So anyway, moral of the story is: if you buy a betta because of that perfect-looking round half-moon shape, don't necessarily expect it to look like that forever.

04-14-2010, 07:01 PM
Got it. This is very helpful :) Thank you!

04-14-2010, 07:12 PM
I find for a HM if the tank isnt looked after hell start to chomp his own tail at a steady rate. Easily treatable my first HM ate almost half of his tail by the time I got him home from an hour drive. Sadly I should have brought a cooler with my tank water and acclimatize him on the spot. Ah well:)