Halfmoon Plakat Betta 5 Gallon Tank

  1. kimoore Member Member

    So, im thinking about getting a HFPK Betta, what should i look for quality wise in a male and female? What colors are rarer than others? What should I avoid? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Cichlidnut Fishlore VIP Member

    I love HMPK's! are you looking to order online or buy in a store? I can share pictures of my HMPK if you'd like :D
     

  3. e_watson09 Well Known Member Member

    I personally look for the colors I like best haha! Just depends on what I think is prettiest.
     
  4. Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    Show off much? :p


    I just look for fish that catch my eye. Its how I ended up with all my bettas LOL
     

  5. kimoore Member Member

    Pictures would be great! and any advice would be welcome too.
     
  6. soltarianknight Fishlore VIP Member

    It depends, are you looking to breed or just for a pet?

    Watch for spinal deformities or odd kinks in the spine. Look at the scales, are they all in uniform rows or crooked/jagged near the tail base. Mouth, look for a good non crooked mouth that isn't pinched. There are many factors, if your looking online, then i will do a more indepth description. If your buying from a store then get what appeals to you, imo, there is no high quality store betta. If your breeding, online is the way to go.

    I would also say that as far as colors go, there is no rarity. You may find common colors, but really there arnt any rare.

    Heres what one common color is
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    Teal dragon with red wash. If your looking to breed and you dont want red offspring, avoid the red wash.

    Theres also Solid whites/platinum. Gold, black, orchid, various types of copper. Red, black, normal coppers. Mustardgas is common now aswell, though i will say this now, there is no mustardgas on the market. Just fish that look like them. MG was a line name, not a color morph :p. Unfortunetly, that line is basicly gone from the betta world, i have seen 1 though, a male but he was too old to breed. I have a steel Dragon "Mustardgas" aswell.

    [​IMG] Basically, whats considered mustard gas is any betta with a blue body, orange/yellow fins, and black or blue edging. The true MG line was amazing, They had purple iridescence, yellow fins with orange and red swirls/streaks and black edging with more purple.

    In the lighting he looks like this
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  7. kimoore Member Member

    Thanks for the information! Im not sure if I want to breed or not. I would like to have the option open. Yes, i was looking online at a place called bettaakapes.com Have you ever heard of them?
     

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  9. soltarianknight Fishlore VIP Member

    Lovely HMPK CN.
     
  10. jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    I was on the Bettaakapes.com website a lot recently drooling over the Betta's there. I was interested in possibly ordering one from him.

    When ordering from Thailand you need to use a transhipper. I contacted one of the transhippers he listed on his website to ask about what form of payment he accepted and how much it would cost.

    The transhipper got back to me and told me he accepted Paypal, but didn't say how much for his service. So I wrote back asking what it would cost, and I never heard back from him.

    In the meantime I found a beautiful Halfmoon at Petco of all places.

    But when I checked out Bettaakapes feedback on AquaBid, it was very positive, so I believe he is a reputable seller.
     

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  12. soltarianknight Fishlore VIP Member

    He sounds like a nice guy, but if he is a serious breeder he needs to do some work.
    http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?fwbettashmp&1333171440
    This is not an acceptable HMPK for breeding. You can find this color easy on a much higher quality fish. I understand that yes, you get these fish no matter how experienced, doesn't mean you should sell them. Imo, its bad representation. His other HMPK are intresting though, a lot seem to have minor CT influence and some spaded tails as well as elongated analfins. Still, ive seen much worse and his fish have BEAUTIFUL body shape. Thats all i actually care about imo. I could fix fins, but body shape is a trick.
    If your looking into breeding do some HEAVY research.

    So my only complaint here is that he needs some serious fin work. Its just a mess.
    http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?fwbettashm&1333573802
    http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?fwbettashm&1333301403
     
  13. Cichlidnut Fishlore VIP Member

    Gosh your nit picky aren't you SK :p
     
  14. soltarianknight Fishlore VIP Member

    Betta police, i do realize that sometimes im a complete COMPLETE jerk. However, in this particular case, no breeder would recommend those fish. Im just being honest, its plain to see. That is, unless your willing to work 3-6 generations to achieve result.
    Even Bettaakapes.com their HMPK just have substandard finnage. I mean seriously, they need to start taking it a little more serious. "its all about the color" no. I would rather have a red/blue multi colored VT with perfect form then a Salamander HMPK with crooked scales or horribly uneven fins. So my tip to you, if your looking for potential breeding look for solid even fins, no wacky shapes. for a HM, you want to be able to fold the fin in half and see it match up. same for anal and dorsals. No HUGE long anal or dorsal on a HMPK, that means its 1st or second generation HMPK/PK bred to a long fin and the fins are not proportional.
     
  15. Cichlidnut Fishlore VIP Member

    Can you find me a perfect HMPK in the US that's under $20?
     
  16. kimoore Member Member

    well, i think have found one that I am in LOVE with! After taking SK's advice, his fins could use a little work, but he is still beautiful! Thanks for all the advice!
     
  17. Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    ive seen allot of HMPK around the LFS lately....they are out there...and they are super fun fish! Martinismommy is a member who breeds ALL kinds of bettas and her fish are stunning!

    [​IMG] ya my zouk ;) LOL ...he was a beauty and a rescue....
     
  18. soltarianknight Fishlore VIP Member

    ...flat edge on his tail :D. Jkjk, love him. Hes beautiful. If you want a quality betta, pay more then $20. You want cheap genetics, by all means. If and when i get my next betta i will be doing so via aquabid. I exspect to pay atleast 25-40 for it.

    So kim, link us?
     
  19. kimoore Member Member

    Its Kat, lol! what do you mean, "link us?"
     
  20. Cichlidnut Fishlore VIP Member

    I think he got kim from the first 3 letters of your user name ;D