BETTA FISH

Posted: August 9, 2007 in 1

Halfmoon plakatsBy Lyon GohHalfmoon plakats, a sought after form of Show Bettas, resembles a mini long finned halfmoon. It’s on the rising trend as many people now start to appreciate Halfmoon Plakats more then the original Traditional Plakats. This results in the rising price tag on halfmoon plakats and cheaper traditional plakats.A halfmoon plakat, as the name suggests, has a halfmoon spread caudal, but short fins. A halfmoon plakat is believed to be bred out using Traditional Plakats X Long Fin Halfmoons. After F3-4, short finned halfmoons should appear. But then again there are also many other theories on how Halfmoon plakats are bred out.There are many views on how an ideal Halfmoon Plakat should be. Some say as long as the caudal spread is 180 degrees; it will qualify for a Halfmoon Plakat, while others say straight edges are needed. Some people think that the anal fins should be sharp and pointed like the traditional plakats while others would say anal fins should be as short and tapered as possible. Here are some “different ideal types of Halfmoon PlakatsRounded Edge Halfmoon PlakatShort and tapered anal fin Halfmoon PlakatSharp Pointed anal fin Halfmoon PlakatStraight Edge Halfmoon PlakatPersonally I feel that an ideal Halfmoon Plakat to me must have the body thickness of a traditional plakat, but yet proportionate finnages, with all 3 fins (dorsal, caudal and anal) overlapping each other. Anal fin must not be too long; dorsal fins standing and broad would be good.Here’s a Halfmoon Plakat, which I consider to be very near the ideal Halfmoon Plakat all breeders should work towards to. Broad dorsal, nicely spread caudal fin and all 3 fins overlapping each other nicely.Here’s an overview of the ideal plakat.Take a look at these caudal fins. 1st one being a rounded edge caudal is acceptable. 2nd one being a straight edge, slightly outcurling caudal is the ideal caudal fin. 3rd one is totally unacceptable as its too round and looks more like a traditional plakat. This should be faulted if compared to the other 2 pictures of caudal fins.The ray splitting for the 1st two caudal have tertiary branching but the 3rd one has only up to secondary branching, which is unacceptable for an ideal Halfmoon Plakat.Dorsal FinsTake a look at these dorsal fins. 1st and 2nd picture shows the ideal dorsal fins. 1st being broad, extending all the way to the back and standing up is ideal. 2nd being broad and overlapping the caudal fin nicely is ideal also. 3rd Dorsal fin isn’t broad enough and doesn’t overlap with the caudal fin. This dorsal fin should be faulted against the other 2 dorsal fins.Anal FinsSee these anal fins. 1st picture is the least ideal anal fin among all. First, it’s too long to be proportionate to the caudal fin. It doesn’t overlap the caudal fin much as well. 2nd anal fin is nicely tapered and short. To me, it’s not fantastic but it’s acceptable as long as it’s proportionate to the body and fins as a whole. 3rd anal fin to me is the most ideal one. It slopes down at the end, stretches towards the back, allowing enough overlapping from the caudal fin.Body StructureLets ignore the finnage for now and take a look at the body structure. 1st picture shows a Red Plakat with a very good body structure. Spoon head sloping to the tip with thick body structure, ideal body shape. 2nd picture shows a Blue Plakat with an excellent body structure, spoon head with thick body. Not too long and not too slender. Proportionate to the fins. 3rd picture shows a Green Plakat. Body seems too slender and is not proportionate to fins, as it seems too small for the fins. This type of body structure should be faulted against the other 2’s body shape.SummaryAn ideal Halfmoon Plakat must have proportionate finnages and body shape according to fishes’ size and attributes. A caudal fin should have straight edges, opening up to 180 degrees. A dorsal fin should be broad and standing up, not drooping and narrow where it doesn’t allow the caudal to overlap it. An anal fin should be slightly slopped towards the back, allowing the caudal fin to overlap it.The above is written with my limited knowledge on Halfmoon plakats. Not a standard to follow but they are just my thoughts on the present Halfmoon PlakatsI would like to thank all members of Bettabite, seniors in this hobby, IBC judging course trainers and many others who exposed me to various forms of Bettas, provided training and shared with me their wonderful experiences which helped me in my skills of judging Bettas now. Would also like to thank Joep Van Esch and Donny Adriaens for giving me pointers in our discussion on how an Ideal Plakat should be like.Lyon GohMember of Bettabite, Singapore

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