January 25, 2010
Tail types and Variations: There are many types of bettas. The most common ones are Veiltails. Now I cant tell you which one to pick, but always look for one that has a nice full tail, and is Active (Though some are laying on the bottom of the bowl because their water is cold.) Male or Female? Males (with the exception of Plakats) Have long flowing fins. Females have short stubby fins. Remember Males CANNOT be Kept with other males or another female because they will kill their tank mate. Females can be kept in sororities of four girls which do well as long as you have a lot of plants and hiding places (1 cave per betta girl).
*Veil tail: These are the most common pet store type bettas. Their tails droop down like a bride’s veil.
*Crown tail :these bettas have rays which look like spikes some longer than others.
*Half moon : A half-moon’s tail fans out to a 180 degree caudal spread when flared out.
*Plakat (pronounced Pluh-cot) :These fish have short tails with equally short dorsal and anal fins
*Double tail or scissor tail: this betta has 2 distinct parts that are split all the way to the tail
*Delta or super delta: Delta tail shape ism like its name indicate more of a delta or a triangular shape if you will. It is like a fan tail but with crisp, sharp angles at the tail edges. Super deltas : The tail shape is the same, it is just the span that ranges between a wide delta and about 170 degrees or so.
There are several other tail types that are mixtures of the basic ones or have their own unique traits: Comb tails, Half suns, Rose and feather tails and round tails just to name a few.
Here is a guide for all Newbies to Betta fish. Bettas are wonderful and intelligent little creatures that need proper housing. there are also some tips to help you have a healthy, happy betta.