Plakat Betta – The Hearty Short Finned Betta Fighter

Plakat Betta – The Hearty Short Finned Betta Fighter
By Elizabeth Christopher Elizabeth Christopher

The term “pla kat” actually means “fighting fish” in Thailand. The term was shortened to plakat betta somewhere many moons ago, and is used to refer to any short-finned mouth brooding bettas. Plakat betta are closer in genetics to nature’s betta fighter, and their shorter fins and betta tail allow them much better movement in the water than their more dramatic long-finned cousins.

Any time you make a copy of a copy, you get a watered down version of the original. After literally hundreds of years of breeding for just the right fin design and betta tail style and coloration, the result is a long-finned fish that swims very little and very poorly due to its outrageously long fins. A by-product of selective breeding for certain non-critical characteristics is the fact that long-finned bettas are much more susceptible to betta diseases.

A stronger immune system, leading to less bacterial infections and disease, and greater ability to swim has caused the plakat betta to be a favorite among tropical fish owners. Everyone knows how prone to sickness the long-finned bettas are, and enjoy the relative ease of raising the hearty plakat betta.

The short-finned bettas are also much easier to breed. Since they are mouth brooders – the male keeps the fry in his mouth until they are strong enough to swim on their own – they generally have a better chance of survival than the bubble nest bettas that can be snatched up by any passing fish as they sit in their bubble nest near the surface of the water.

Since a betta tail must be powerful to help the fish maneuver in a betta fight, the shorter finned varieties are much more in demand where enthusiasts actually fight bettas and bet on the outcome. This is a huge “sport” in Thailand and Viet Nam, and is where the term Siamese Fighting Fish comes from.

The plakat betta can be found in any number of color combinations, so they are every bit as beautiful and splendid as their over-bred family members. If you are looking for a fish that is more resistant to the many betta diseases, is easier to care for, easier to breed and has a longer lifespan, consider the beautiful plakat betta with the shorter fins and betta tail as your next pet.

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4 Responses to Plakat Betta – The Hearty Short Finned Betta Fighter

  1. Cate says:

    how do you tell the difference between a male plakat and a female betta. I bought a female a few months ago and tried breeding her but she attacks the males everytime. she looks like she has a egg spot but its hard to be sure shes a female with such aggressive behaviour she also has white tips on her pelvic fins. Thanks 🙂

    • Great question Cate, here are some tips …
      Males have long fins, usually about two to four times the length of a female’s fins. Since only fully grown males have long fins, and since young male bettas have very short fins, this technique may not come handy when trying to sex young immature bettas.

      Male’s bodies are also less wide, and more elongated. Females have egg spots. Males usually don’t (though I’ve seen some who did). Hmmm? What is an egg spot you ask? Oh yes, more Chinese :)). OK, an egg spot is a tiny white speck, like a grain of salt, located under the female’s belly, between her ventrals and her anal fin.

      Males have more beard. The “beard” as I call it, is a membrane located under the gill covers. When the betta flares, he opens his covers and displays his membrane. When the gills are closed, the beard is tucked under, but I have noticed that it usually will stick out a bit, as though it is too big. Now be careful, females also have a membrane (but of course, it couldn’t possibly be simple 🙂 ). It just is not as big and usually will not stick out when the gills are closed. Below, see a close up of what an ‘Apache’ male’s beard, “sticking” out, looks like.

  2. Cate says:

    oh and she makes bubble nests too.

  3. […] ago Asian breeders of the Siamese Fighting Fish, given its name because of its aggressive nature, noticed that temperament, as well as appearance, […]

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