Tag Archives: splendens

Betta imbellis

4. February 2022

For many Betta imbellis is the prettiest wild fighting fish at all. Of course, “the” Betta imbellis does not exist at all, because the widespread species looks somewhat different everywhere. It is the sister species to Betta splendens and in fact no human being is able to distinguish completely decolorized specimens of both species from each other. The only sure difference between Betta imbellis and B. splendens is the coloration of the gill covers of the males. These are blue in B. imbellis, while in B. splendens they have two red vertical stripes.

Often Betta imbellis is called the “peaceful” fighting fish, so to speak as a counterpart to the “warlike” B. splendens. But this is nonsense. It is possible to keep several males together in all wild forms of fighting fish – provided there is enough space and good structuring of the aquarium – also in the case of B. splendens. Conversely, territorial males of Betta imbellis can also attack male rivals quite violently. However, in such cases (as well as with wild forms of B. splendens) it usually remains with quickly healing fin damage.

We have just very nice offspring (xlg) of B. imbellis in the stock.

For our customers: the animals have code 382014 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Betta splendens Hellboy II

6. August 2021

Some time ago we introduced a short-finned fighting fish breeding form (“Pla Kat”) of Betta splendens as “Hellboy”. (https://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/fish-archives/betta-splendens-pla-kat-hellboy-and-giant-halfmoon/). Now we have received Pla Kat under this name from Thailand again, but they differ from the first Hellboys in color and fins.

The new Hellboys have a halfmoon tail fin, which means that when the tail fin is folded completely out, the edges are at a 90° angle to the longitudinal axis of the body. In a “normal” Pla Kat, this angle is smaller.

While the first Hellboys were predominantly red in color with a few speckles, they are now still red-grounded fish – hence the name, which refers to the comic and movie character Hellboy, an all-red, friendly but belligerent demon – but they have quite different cover colors, ranging from silvery-white pelts to koi patterns.

Thus, the new Hellboys are visually quite different from the first ones – as in the Hellboy movies, because in the third part the main character Ron Perlman is replaced by David Harbour, who also looks different…

For our customers: the animals have code 390082 on our stock list. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Betta splendens Pla kat Yellow cheek Spadetail

11. June 2021

The first documented domesticated form of the Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens) was a Spadetail. That was in 1849. At that time certainly fighting fishes were bred for a long time, but they resembled more or less the wild fishes and were selected only for their fighting characteristics. The appearance of these animals was a minor matter. Only much later, when fighting fish were bred for export as ornamental fish to Europe and the USA, were veil-finned animals also bred. This was shortly after the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.

Nowadays the spadetail has largely disappeared. We have now received very interesting and rare spadetails with yellow ground color and bright yellow gill cover stripes (in the wild species these are red) from Thailand, the mother country of fighting fish breeding. Short-finned fighting fish are generally called pla kat. 

During the photo session we had to look carefully the animals did not hurt each other. Because unlike most Betta splendens, the animals of the Pla kat Yellow cheek Spadetail bite very early, when other forms still display harmlessly for a long time. Our trick: there were 10 adult females in the tank. So the males always dsiplayed only briefly (a few seconds) and were immediately distracted from each other again by the ladies. We can therefore assure you, dear readers, that all fighting fish involved in the photo session were brought back into their single rooms completely unharmed,

For our customers: the animals have code 390071 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text & photos. Frank Schäfer

Brochis splendens “Rio Negro

6. November 2020

Via Manaus we have been able to import splendid Brochis splendens. The Emerald Cat comes from a huge area, from Peru to the Pantanal in Brazil; based on the experience with other Corydoras it is more than likely that there are several species hiding behind the name “Brochis splendens”. But such things should be subject of a scientific revision and not the speculation of hobbyists. One should only be aware that it makes little sense to assemble a breeding group from different imports from different countries of origin. For further variations see https://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/fish-archives/brochis-splendens-and-b-cf-splendens-cw-35/

For our customers: Brochis splendens “Rio Negro” has code 212496 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Betta splendens Veiltail

24. August 2020

The history of becoming a domesticated animal is hardly researched for many species and is full of secrets, as it is with Betta splendens. There is some evidence that its true domestication only occurred after the collapse of the Khmer Empire in the 15th century. Before that, Betta splendens had been used for fish fights, but with specimens from the ditch next door. First secured evidence of a true breeding form (a short-finned fighter type with a lancet-shaped, pointed tail fin) only exists from the early 19th century. The Veiltails even originated in Thailand between the world wars, first imports into the USA and Germany took place in the 1920s.

In 1978 all types of fins (Crowntail, Double Tail, Half Moon, Veiltail, Pla Kat etc.), as they are admired and bred all over the world today, were known for a long time already, they were just called differently and in the trade they were not represented, only by a handful of specialists. In the trade one found only „Veiltails“ in their various colours. Only at the turn of the millennium this changed, a Betta-Hype developed and for the first Crowntails, which suddenly appeared in the general ornamental fish market, fantastic prices were achieved.

The Betta-Hype is still going on. Nice! But – and this is also nice – the well-known Veiltails did not fall into oblivion. If you take an unbiased look at the “completely normal” Veiltail shown here, it is easy to see why…

For our customers: Veiltail bettas in all colours have code 390003 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Betta splendens Pla Kat Halfmoon Galaxy Candy

9. September 2019

Sometimes you don’t know what to admire more: the breeding skills of Betta freaks or their creativity in inventing new names. However, these candies are real beauties; each animal is individually patterned and spotted, so they are unique! Our dear friend Kamphol has sent us an exclusive collection of these beauties from Thailand.

For our customers: the animals have code 390070 on our stick list. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

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

New Bettas (2): “Alien Blue”, “Alien Steel Blue” and “Alien Green”

24. May 2019

These new Betta types were certainly also bred by crossing in wild species, in this case Betta stiktos seems to have been involved; “Alien Green” looks de facto like a B. stiktos. They are all very slender Bettas, they have much more of the heritage of the Betta smaragdina alike forms to which B. stiktos belongs than of Betta splendens. The behaviour is also more similar to that of wild bettas from the B. smaragdina group than that of the immediate B. splendens group. They are – at least from the photographer’s point of view – almost too peaceful, the fights short and little ritualized. However, we advise against keeping several males together, as this could end badly in the long run; after all, one wants to enjoy the sight of these beautiful animals from specimens with undamaged fins. 

For our customers: “Alien Blue” has code 391020, “Alien Steel Blue” code 391022 and “Alien Green” code 391021 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesalers.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Betta splendens “Black Samurai”

25. April 2019

Once again we have received a beautiful fighting fish breeding form, this time even in pairs: the animals are called “Black Samurai” in a melodious way. They are very lively fish, true temperament bolts, which actually deserve the name “fighting fish”. Excited males make little difference between males and females, both are heavily turned on. For breeding attempts it is absolutely recommended to only use absolutely ripe females, otherwise there could be bloody honeymoons…

For our customers: the animals have code 390083 on our stocklist. Please note that we only deliver to wholesalers. Only available in small quantities!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Betta splendens “Pla Kat Hellboy” and “Giant Halfmoon”

25. January 2019

Again our proven supplier from Thailand sent us some special Betta delicatessen. The Pla Kat Hellboy is a velvet red, short-finned fighting fish, very often with blue scales (there are also plain red ones). The very special thing about it: the also deep red colored pectoral fins. 

The Giant Halfmoon are real giants and have only been selected for this characteristic. The colouring of each individual animal is different. Their total length is 7-8 cm, with normal Bettas 4-5 cm. On some pictures you can see an adult Hellboy together with one of the Giants. You can also see that the body mass of the Giants is considerably larger than that of the Hellboy, which is only about 2 cm smaller. One can compare the Giants with cold-blooded horses: rather friendly giants. It takes quite a while until they begin to impress each other in the photo tank. Nevertheless, it is also true for the Giants that only one male may be cared for per aquarium, otherwise you risk at least damaged fins.

For our customers: the Pla Kat Hellboys have code 390082, the Giant Halfmoon 390556 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer