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Giant Bettas

I've recently heard about giant bettas being available. What a great idea, I said to myself--all that beauty in a bigger package!

Does anyone know where in the USA I can buy one?

What can anyone tell me about their needs and what sort of other fish, if any, they can be kept with?

Many thanks!

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You can get them at petco. I'm not a fan of the giant betta. They are bigger but their shape and proportions are off to me.


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I agree they do look alot different. i believe the care requirements are the same as regular bettas. bettas are agressive toward alot of other fish. i think cories would be ok. A school of tetras could outrun him. watch out for any fin nippers.
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I've had REALLY bad luck with these. Got one from Thailand and one from Petco (drunken rescue, cause otherwise I don't buy betta from the torture cups) and they BOTH got dropsy within a few months. Never had a single case of dropsy with any of my other betta.


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I see them available from time to time on www.ultimatebettas.com. IDK offhand if there is a reputable breeder in the US working with them or not, though?





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I'm also very interested in getting one.
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So are all the half-moon Plakats and other Plakets all coming from Thailand at $100 a fish?! There has to be a reputable breeder near us.
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I bought a "king" betta from petco a few months back. He was beautiful and larger than your average sized betta. Unfortunately he got bloated and died about 2 weeks after buying him...



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The "kings" and "giants" aren't the same.

I've heard quite a bit of speculation that these are both actually hybrids with different larger "wild-type" species, though IDK that anyone's actually paid for genetic testing to figure out whether or not that's the case...





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I have heard that they are hybrids between Splendens and Raja though that would be impossible since Raja is a mouthbrooder and Splendens is a bubblenester. I have also had people tell me that they are half- giants. On another forum, I heard that someone bred a male & female "king" but all the offspring turned out to be normal sized plakats. No one really seems to know their origin. Either way, this betta was bigger and bulkier than any other plakat I have seen.
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I found very few half moon Plakats in the US on Aquabid. None of them interested me. I will certainly not buy from a Petsmart or a Petco. I guess I will wait. The specimens coming from Thailand are breathtaking!
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It's too bad Erma (DownSouthBettas) isn't breeding any more, she had some nice plakat lines going and was here in Florida. Last plakat I got was from Victoria at BettySplendens.com, but she moved to Europe a few months ago. =(

I haven't looked around recently, but as of last year I know there were some breeders working with plakats up in the Georgia and Alabama area... I think I came across them from the IBC?





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I bought a "king" betta from petco a few months back. He was beautiful and larger than your average sized betta. Unfortunately he got bloated and died about 2 weeks after buying him...
Yep. This happened with both the one I rescued from PetCo and the one I paid $$$ for from Thailand.

In the betta world, "King" is a top of the line crowntail. PetCo is misusing the word for their giants (the PetCo giant I got was about 1/2" larger than the giant I got off aquabid, but I believe they were both half-giants given what I can find online about the breeding and sizes of these fish).

Needless to say, I won't be buying any more of them.


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I think petco is using the 'raja' term which translates to 'king'.


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