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New Bettas (1): Spade Tail

24. May 2019

Once again Kamphol has provided us with very special breeding fighting fish, which currently enjoy particular popularity among the breeders of these fish jewels in Thailand. The “Spade Tail” is one of them.

Basically there are different possibilities in animal breeding to get to new forms. One way is to inbreed as closely as possible, whereby hidden (“recessive”) genetic traits come to bear and become visible. The second way leads via crossing with closely related species. The latter way is very common with swordtails and guppies, but also works with Bettas. Local wild bettas (B. imbellis, B. smaragdina and others) have probably always been crossed with the domestic animal forms of Betta splendens. The Spade Tail cannot deny Betta smaragdina in its pedigree…

For our customers: the animals have code 391016 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesalers.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer