View Full Version : Can some one identify my betta please?

06-19-2010, 02:23 PM
Hi all..i made a visit to the LFS to set some plants and saw this betta (siamese fighter fish) looking so glum in a jar so small that it couldn't move about. Hence i decided to buy it and brought him home and put in an unused 10 gallon tank i had. He looks much happier now being fed on bloodworms and mosquito larvae and has started to build his bubble nest. The problem is i dont know what kind betta he is. I suspect he is a crowntail but im not sure if his 'tail' was damaged when i got him.
anyways, i have added a picture on http://picasaweb.google.com/107422592298302022756/Fish#, its a bit blurry (taken from my phone) but please do let me know what you think.

Thanks all!

06-19-2010, 02:46 PM
Thats a challenge! ol
The pic is very blurry.Try and get a pic of it flaring.That is when all it his fins are spread out.
It may be a crown tail but it also may be a veil tail betta.

06-19-2010, 02:49 PM
With that picture I do not see a crown. Seems like a handsome fish.

06-19-2010, 03:02 PM
I said crown tail because the fins seem kinda short.It is very hard to tell from that pic.

06-19-2010, 03:05 PM
Looks like it's tail is all torn up from what I see. Most likely a vt as I don't see any extra rays. Could also be a dt.

Lady Hobbs
06-19-2010, 03:06 PM
Does he have a heater and filter? Be careful because I don't think you have that tank cycled and he will need large water changes a lot.

06-19-2010, 03:06 PM
Yeah the bad photo is not helping my cause. I'll try and get a better picture soon and post the link in here..
I have a suspicion that its a crown tail with a damaged tail...im hoping it'll grow back soon and yes, he's a handsome looking fellow..his color is much improved since of late...he was pale red when i got him and he has darkened over the weeks. He also has a purple tinge on his body but thats only visible under light.

06-19-2010, 03:46 PM
Does he have a heater and filter? Be careful because I don't think you have that tank cycled and he will need large water changes a lot.

He doesn't have a filter yet. I'll be getting him one soon. I dont think a heater is necessary for him as i live in a tropical country ( Sri Lanka) where it's crazy hot and humid most months of the year ( like 4 showers a day hot ). Adding a heater to the tank would be like asking the poor fellow to live inside a sauna! :)

06-19-2010, 03:48 PM
Guys, added some new photos to http://picasaweb.google.com/107422592298302022756/Fish#

i still don't have my camera with me, courtesy of my girlfriend who's taken it for a trip...but i hope these photos are good enough!

06-19-2010, 05:04 PM
Deffinitly a veil tail in my oppinion.

06-19-2010, 06:23 PM
He's not a VT. He appears to be a cross between a Dual Tail and a Spade Tail. He's showing both dominant traits of those two types so you've ended up with a tri-tail. Attractive fish though.


06-19-2010, 10:30 PM
I dunno about that sark.... I have a dual tail and his split is extremely close to the base without any signs of trauma to the fins. To me it looks like in the pics that the part in between the tips of the fins are frayed. I think he's either a veil or a spade tail betta.

06-20-2010, 01:27 AM
I have never seen one like that before, but I would venture to say he's a VT with fin damage.

06-20-2010, 04:41 AM
IMO he looks like a veil tail, with part of his tail missing/ripped...

06-20-2010, 09:07 AM
The edges are clean and well defined, the white on the edge of the fins is likely a butterfly trait, it's not damage.


06-20-2010, 09:53 AM
Thanks for the info guys. However, I'm still not a 100% certain as to what kind he is. He does seem to have a tri tail though and ive named him Neptune appropriately lol

If he is a veil tail with fin damage, how long does it take for the fins to grow back? Should i include special food into his diet or some form of medication perhaps?