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Rosetail Betta Problems | What you should know about them and Feather Tail Betta fish for sale
What should I know about Rosetail and Feather Tail Betta fish?
Essentially Bettas have been and will continue to be evolve relative to coloration and finnage by aquarist practicing inline breeding in order to create stunning fish for beauty and profit. Check out the latest craze for Betta fish for sale the Koi Betta
and you will see what I mean. At any rate two particular Bettas known as the Rosetail Betta
and the Feather Tail Bettas are two fish which are forced to carry extra baggage around. You see both of these Siamese fighting fish are really Halfmoon Bettas
but they have been line bred for extra branching in the fin rays in particular on the caudal fin. It’s this characteristic that makes this fish stunning with its excessive branching thus creating the rose-like appearance in the fins and in extreme instances a feather-like appearance.
So what’s the big deal about Rosetail and Feather Tail Betta fish?
Well according to Mari over at Aquariadise.com
she wrote an interesting article on these two variations of Betta fish called Rosetail Betta – the downside of beauty. She raises a really good point in that once these fish mature and become adults, meaning filling out with weight and size the dynamic of their condition changes. This condition is referred to as “Rosetail Problems”. You can read a snipit of her original article and can follow the link back to her site. Basically life for Rosetails or Feather Tail Bettas is daunting because they have lug around this extra weight are large finnage. Thus they swim less and are found to be lethargic and resting quiet frequently instead of actively swimming. Further Mari describes broken fins, tail biting and premature death. This is quiet sad to say the least, read below for her account on this observation. There is no question that Rosetail Bettas for sale or Feather Tail Bettas for sale are not tempting to buy in fact their quiet popular.
Originally Posted on February 9, 2014
Why should this tail type be avoided?
Like I’ve said before, I would try to avoid buying rosetail and feather tail Bettas. This especially goes for the more extreme versions. The fish you see in photos and videos are almost always still young and strong; their fins are not fully grown in yet and they are not showing the various typical ‘rosetail-problems’. A few months later, once they’re fully settled into the aquarium (5+ gallons and filtered, of course) you’ve set up for them and fully matured, it could unfortunately be a whole different story.
Lethargy. This one can also be seen in more extreme halfmoons, but is extra common with rosetails and feather tails. Their fins are so heavy the fish can’t swim for long periods of time and often spend most of their day sitting on plant leaves or on the bottom of the tank.
Broken fin rays. Fin rays are the thin bones that hold the webbing of the fin together. Towards the end of the fin, these rays spread out, which is called branching. Perfectly normal – except when the fish is bred so that the rays branch out much more than usual. The excessive branching causes a bigger tail, which in turn puts more weight on the rays. When the tail gets too heavy, the rays will not be able to hold the weight any more – they can break, causing the whole tail to collapse and damaging the fish. Once this happens, the beautiful rosetail/feather tail effect is usually gone; you’re left with a fish with collapsed fins that is often unable to swim properly.
Tail biting. One thing leads to another; to decrease the weight of their fins and move more freely, a lot of rosetail and feather tail Bettas start tail biting at some point in their lives. This habit, where the fish simply bites off parts of the caudal fin, increases the chance of fin rot. It’s very important to keep the aquarium very clean if you have a tail biting betta!
Premature death. Most breeders agree that there is something wrong with the immune system in a lot of rosetail and feather tail Bettas. They are weaker than regular bettas and often the smallest of the fry – because all the attention goes towards breeding the fish with the best finnage, other problems* are ignored. This can eventually lead to premature death, as the fish is more vulnerable to disease.
*Ignoring imperfections just to focus on the fins can also lead to improper form or bad scaling, as showed in the video below. Note how the scales are not lined up like they’re supposed to be!
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