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  1. AllieSten

    AllieSten Fishlore VIP Member

    Ok my turn for a what kinda betta is this post.

    I picked him up at PetCo yesterday. He was labeled as a Bumblebee betta. I know that PetCo is notorious for mislabeling bettas. I hadn't heard of a bumblebee type of coloring, so I am curious if this is an actual correct label. To me he looks like a bi-color, black (possibly chocolate) with yellow.

    I am also curious about tail type. I am unsure if he is a double tail, I believe it is a big tear in his tail fin, and not an actual double tail. So possibly a delta tail or a half moon? Any opinions?

    He certainly has some fin rot. Treating him with clean water and high protein foods at first. Gonna give him a few days to recover before I start any meds. I will be doing my usual Prazipro in a few days though. Just as a preventative.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Isn't he just a beauty?! We decided to name him Sir Lannister in honor of Game of Thrones returning this week lol


  2. Aquaphobia

    Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    Looks a lot like a Mustard Gas but with black instead of blue.
  3. OP

    AllieSten Fishlore VIP Member

    That's kinda what I thought, but after reading about mustard gas bettas, it said that they were only blue in color, not black. So I discounted that as an option. I know virtually nothing about it, so it definitely could be a mustard gas. He is really pretty. I can't wait until he is all healed up. He was $20. I've never spent that much on a fish before. But he was totally worth it.
  4. KinsKicks

    KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member


    Yes, the Bumblebee patterning is a PetCo name...as for type, I say a Bi-color black (or chocolate, the video is kinda dark so it look black, so you'll have to say!) delta tail. BUT, he could be a halfmoon if his finnage grows in and extends, but i do think he is a delta tail; the edges look curved and I dont think he can make that 180 degrees with the straight edge if he flares

    As for the tail, I also don't believe he is a twin-tail, twin tails have lobed fins, so it "curves" in toward where the split it; similar to a heart shape. (Also, twin tails tend to be noticeably a lot thicker bodied than normal bettas). It looks like a split, so I trust your magic healer powers will bring it back!

    (Also, cute kitty! Was she the naughty one?)

    Hope this helps and best of luck!
  5. OP

    AllieSten Fishlore VIP Member

    Yes she is the naughty one. Haha. She wanted to get a peek at the new fish. And sitting on my head was the obvious spot to watch from. Haha. He looks black most of the time, but every once in awhile I see brown. I know his coloring will develop more over the next few weeks.

  6. KinsKicks

    KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    If I had to be annoyingly technical about it (sorry! feel free to slap me lol) the true mustard gas coloration doesnt exist anymore, but the name stuck around for the bicolors that have green, blue, steel blue, or steel body with yellow or orange fins.

    But, ppl still use the term because although the original is gone, its easier to "classify" the bicolor bettas that have something similar to the true MG. Anyways, for MGs the bands of colors are distinct, like you can draw a smooth line around the color band edges, but a little more "blurry" (hence why the original breeder called it mustard gas, color lines weren't distinct but rather slightly blurry/blended along the edges of color. Looked like gas to him). Its why I called him a bicolor rather than an MG :)
  7. OP

    AllieSten Fishlore VIP Member

    I agree with the bi-color label too. The only reason I even thought mustard gas was because of the yellow. Thanks for the info on MG's. It makes complete sense.

    I do think he is a delta tail, not a half moon. Just the shape resembles a delta much more than a half moon. The tear in the center just throws it off.

    I think he may have velvet also, but am waiting to check until it gets dark out tonight, then I will shine a flashlight on him. Poor guy. At least he is eating, and is in a nice clean 10 gallon. I will get him all healed up. Might have to take the Mystery Snail out, but that's no big deal.
  8. chromedome52

    chromedome52 Fishlore VIP Member

    If it were an actual double tail, the dorsal would have a longer base, as well. Fish with only one gene for DT will still have the longer dorsal, but no split in the caudal.

    It is a decidedly attractive fish, but if you are calling it Sir Lannister, shouldn't the right fin be cut off?:rolleyes:
  9. ~EverythingsSoSawbwa~

    ~EverythingsSoSawbwa~ Valued Member Member

    Dont have an idea about ID, but he's beautiful! Hope the fin rot heals soon! :)
  10. NavigatorBlack

    NavigatorBlack Fishlore VIP Member

    The names change with the seller, the store, the region, the translation. You might want to see if one of the international Betta breeder clubs has show standards with a photo gallery, and do a comparison.
    That's a really nice Betta (no finrot, just a normal tear). I'd call him a good find.