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Traditional PK Yellow Dragon Female
Most people describe male Bettas as the "colorful ones," but that doesn't mean the females are all drab, colorless fish. The Betta fish is a favorite for pet fish, but oftentimes the male is favored over the female because it has a longer tail and dominating personality.
The female Betta fish originated in Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia, and unlike its male counterpart, the female Betta has simpler coloring and features. Most of the Betta fish sold in pet stores today are only... distantly related to their Thai relatives, but they still have some features in common. Throughout the years, males have been bred in captivity for bright coloration and long, flowing fins and tails, whereas the females haven't been bred for those qualities.
Despite that, these female Betta fish are lovely, colorful, and anything but boring! This photo gallery features different colored female Bettas, taken by their breeder, Daniella Vereeken.
Wondering what the abbreviations mean? Here is a key to the ones used in these photos.
CTPK = Crowntail Plakat
HM = Half Moon
BF = Butterfly
HMPK = Half Moon Plakat
PK = Plakat
The photo here is of a traditional Plakat Yellow Dragon female, which is a breed of Betta fish with shorter fins. Because of its shorter fins, it is also known as a Short Finned Fighter. Some breed these fish to fight in certain parts of the world, too! To tell the difference between a male and a female Plakat, the male will be bigger and thicker. Male Plakats have a gill beard that drop down below their chin, but the females do not have this.
Plakat is from the Thai word "Plakad," which means "fighting fish." The term doesn't refer to only one specific strain of Betta fish.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Traditional PK Red Dragon Female
Here is another Plakat Betta fish, but this one is a bright red hue. Many Plakats are more active than the long finned version of Betta fish because they aren't held back by excessive flowing fins. They're also quite resilient to disease, making them a favorite among Betta collectors and pet owners.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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HMPK Turquoise Female
The Half Moon Plakat features the shorter fins of the Plakat breed but has a tail shaped like a half moon. When coupled together, this fish can still zoom around in the water but has a partially flowing ornate tail.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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HMPK Marble Female
This silvery Half Moon Plakat displays the signature shorter fins of the Plakat Betta and the Half Moon's tail. HMPKs can come in various colors and are available as either male and female. As a relatively durable Betta breed, pet owners prefer this and the Plakat.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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HMPK Copper Female
Here's another Half Moon Plakat Betta, with a coppery sheen to her scales. This particular color of HMPK Betta shows the colors of the rainbow, tinted subtly with a metallic sheen.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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HM Red Dragon Female
The Half Moon Betta were developed by Peter Goettner, an American breeder. This breed is not as aggressive as the Plakat, but they are slightly more difficult to breed. Half Moon males are bred for fuller tails, which have a wide span and flow behind them. The females exhibit a more conservative tail, called such because it looks like half of a moon.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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HM Red BF Female
This brightly-hued red Half Moon Butterfly Betta is recognized as a Butterfly Betta because of the distinctive bands of colors on the tail and fins. For this red female, the darkest tinge begins at the base of her tail and fins until it reaches a band of silvery white on its edges.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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CTPK Multicolor Female
The Crowntail Plakat is also called a "Fringetail," and has distinguishable fin rays that give the tail the appearance of a crown. Full Crowntails have longer fins and tails, but this Plakat version combines the crown artistry of color with the shorter, Plakat fins and tail.