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Old 03-14-2012, 01:59 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Fish ID - wild type betta?

I was strolling through the LFS with a friend and they had baby bettas that had just come in, less than an inch all in cups. They were all kinda funny lookin, but there were a couple that looked really different from any bettas I've ever seen, I got one and my friend got the other. I was going to wait it out and just see what this little guy grew up to but I'm impatient so I'm asking you guys what you think s/he might be. If it weren't for her kind of strange behavior I'd just wait and see, but she's funny....First of all, she digs pits in the gravel/sand, and lays in them, and protects them. Second, she's really really aggressive, especially for such a young betta. She's just barely at an inch long right now and definitely has a territory staked out. She had all of my guppy fry in one tiny corner of a full ten gallon tank this afternoon. She's also obsessed with getting through the glass...it's weird, it's like domestic fish ignore it, they know it's there but they don't care. Not her, she wants it GONE. Her colors also change from a light green, to an emerald, to a deep purple, to blue depending on her mood, but the stripes are always there. There's also dots on her dorsal fins (no, she's not sick, these are like legit colored dots on her fins, I promise). Anyway, any guesses are welcome...ignore the tiny tank, they were in my snail tank while I upgraded their ten to a twenty so it was the perfect time to take pictures. Also, just thought of someone mentioning stress lines...I've had her for about 3 weeks now, she eats great, and I put her alone for a while to see if the stripes would go away and they did not. They do not fade at all.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:12 AM   #2
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It looks like a betta falx which is a wild species of betta. If you watch videos on YouTube of people catching wild bettas in malaysia, these are what u will be seeing them catch most of the time
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Oh wow, that looks very similar to her. She's much more colorful, do you think it's possible she is mixed with a more domestic type betta? When she's happy she turns the most vibrant of colors. It also says these guys only get 1.5-2 inches so I suppose she is probably older than what I thought as well, which might explain the aggression.
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Thats a licorice gourami. Cool looking fish!
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:35 AM   #5
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Thats a licorice gourami. Cool looking fish!
Oh yah haw!!! I just had betta in my head and I didn't even consider a licorice gourami. I knew I has seen one somewhere tho. Bmtiz, when your fish gets "happy " does it turn like a turquoise color?
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Hmm her body shape looks more like the licorice gourami, she looks kinda of like that but more diluted. She doesn't have the "chocolate" color. Is it possible she could be mixed with something else? Her body is a lighter cream color, and the stripes are slightly darker with her fins being the blue/green. If you shine a light on her, she turns green. Here's a picture with the flash on so you see what I mean. When you shine a light on her, she literally looks like a completely different fish.
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I have two female bettas that are nearly identical to this, although their colors differ. One of them is blue with pink fins with this insanely bright blue shine. She is SO colorful and displays those horizontal lines. I also have a lavender one who again has these stripes and dots just as you mentioned. I at first thought it was stress lines but have determined it can't be the case. It's really odd how they just change color! Mind want to "attack" the glass as well!
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Maybe she is just a betta, I don't know. The only thing that really make me think differently is her behavior...She just doesn't act like any other betta I've ever seen. Here's a few better pics just in case.
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she could definitely be some sort of hybrid. your lfs could have gotten them from a breeder who was experimenting with different combinations. i have seen bettas with light stripes on them at like petsmart and petco so it is definitely possible
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Well after reading this Licorice Gourami (Parosphromenus deissneri)) it doesn't seem to me that it is what they are. I know what you mean about the strange behavior though. They are definitely different than my male bettas.

Here are pics of my two: Sorry about the quality. They move so darn fast. The blue one apparently isn't in the mood to display her stripe but it's always there.
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