The ray ^^
Yep. I have a male already. Just don't know that my female is. I have Pics, but idk how to put it on here. lol.Veil tails have longer tails and fins where as the planket tails are generally short tailed and fins. Just type the different types into google images , some pretty good images will help you to see the difference. Are you planning on getting a little friend ?
Thanks. Though Pure Plakats will always have only two rays or sometimes only one ray on the Caudal fin, though I've seen plakat female bettas having two rays as well and that is the confusing thing. Like is there any other "up your face" signs of which is which? lol. That link is very helpful; though it only completes towards certain common types. BUT this link is very helpful compared to other sites I've seen.Having betta fry that are on thier 3rd week I decided I need to know what thier mother is exactly. Just found this hope it helps:
rays as in what? sharper? thnksyes, difference in the fins/rays.
the branching of the rays in the caudal fin (tail) separates hms from other tail types
this is an hm female: http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c89/BettySplendens/suporn_goldfemale.jpg
see the tree-like things coming out of her body and through the tail, branching as they go? those are the rays. halfmoons can spread their tails 180 degrees because each ray branches into 4 or more rays by the time it reaches the end of the tail. this female has 6-8 branches (depending which ray you count).
here is a vt female: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3656/3460847991_8570daf820.jpg
see how each of here rays only branches in 2? with less branching she cannot spread her fins 180 degrees.
pk (plakats) have shorter fins then other types. there are hmpk fish, that are plakats, with 4+ ray branches giving them a 180 degree caudal spread. female hmpk: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LeSEUUObjMM/T8TQsqB5i4I/AAAAAAAAAZo/wCuLM25reb0/s1600/DSC_0032.JPG
and there are ctpks, vtpks (which are just pks) and dtpks.
not necessarily. the shape of the anal fin is for sexing the fish (males tend to have pointier, longer anal fins than females of the same spawn). though a pk has shorter fins, and vts have longer fins than most tail types, so a pk female is more likely to have the feminine rectangle-shaped anal fin, and a vt female more likely to have a macho anal fin thats almost as pointy as her brothers.
if he has only 2 ray branches, he is still a pk. just not an hmpk.
like i said before, pk gene(s) controls the length of the fins, not the caudal spread which is variable as the other tail types combine very easily with pk.
are you looking for a matching female for your male?
post a pic of him and ill let you know if i run across a similar female.
Epic fail on photos let me try again.ive never worked with pks so i cant really tell you the exact outcome of a pk x vt cross, but i have read that pk is recessive to long fins, whether it is a strong case of incomplete dominance (like with dt and st) and to what extent, i cant say.
females and males have slightly different body shapes. males are more streamlined, and females more top-heavy. males are more prone to be hunchbacked and shovelnosed, while females are more likely to have pinched caudals.
both contribute to the gene pool of the offspring though, and you want good form in both of them.
i cant see the pics of the females in either post (links in second post dont go anywhere).
the male looks like a 'wild type' pk.
here is a pk female of that coloration: http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?fwbettaswt&1342913408
expensive though, $25 plus shipping and transhipper fees. but check that category from time to time and youll likely land on something.
you could also get a hmpk female. this will make fish with 2-4 ray branches (delta pks mostly), and then a backcross to the female would yield superdelta pks and maybe some hmpks, or a backcross to the father would yield ordinary pks.