Uh huh.. Well, uh, it's like, they are like fishies
with like long stringy thingies on their fin
thingies and stuff... Uh uhu...
Well I am sure if
I screw on my thinking cap tightly I can come up
with a few (articulate this time) things to say
about them crowntail beauties :))
But it will cost
you LOL (no actually it is not going to cost
you a dime! :)))) hehehehehehehe)
OK, so let us take
a glimpse at the crowntail world:
For those of
you who are going, like "Crowntail
what?" and have no clue what the heck it is
we are talking about here it is:
Single Tail male crowntail in opaque white
new. This is one of the latest tail shape
variations to surface and originated from the
Far East. It was created by selectively breeding
combtails for longer and longer fringes. Soon
the fringes got so long that they made the tail
look like a crown, hence the name
"Crowntails". Initially crowntails
very extremely expensive ($200 and up per pair)
but now they are less rare and subsequently less
come in Single Tail (ST) or Double Tail (DT)
have single ray fringes or double ray fringes or
tail is already 'ragged', these males will not
easily "blow their tails" and seem to
retain their majestic beauty overtime.
come in all sorts of colors, but some are harder
to produce and find then others. The less pricey
ones are blue, green, red, just as all bettas.
Blacks, chocolates, yellows and marbles are a
bit more uncommon while true white opaques
remain hard to produce. I do not believe orange
crowntails currently exist (or if they do I was
not informed of it LOL). Orange being such a
recessive color it will take a while to get both
genes to show up in one single betta.
very aggressive. Females are especially
aggressive when compared with regular females.
Males flare all day :).
crowntails can be challenging. Because of their
aggressive behavior crowntails can pose some
problems to the breeder and need to be
supervised so they not harm each other. Not all
crowntails are mean, but many can be and may
kill female or visa versa. So be on your toes!
crowntails to non-crowntails can prove fatal. I
know many breeders who have tried to cross HM
males to crowntail females and the females
killed the males. Why? Because crown females are
very feisty and Halfmoon males are notorious for
being mellow and slow (finnage too big slows
them down a lot). A bad combination, if you ask
me LOL. Having said that we did outcross a
gorgeous Crowntail opaque to a Holy Grail female
and he was very gentle, so one cannot stereotype
trait is dominant, meaning if you breed a
crowntail to a non crowntail, all fry will show
some fringes, although some more than others.
Also if you breed 2 crowntails together you will
get all crowntails. Having said that crowntail
is also a trait that can promptly be lost and
when outcrossing, you can get less and less
crowntail trait in each generation if you are
acquiring crowntails, it is imperative you make sure
they come from a well established crowntail line, as
opposed to say someone who might just have got a
pair and then outcrossed them to a non crowntail
strain (you will lose the trait that way rather
promptly). In short, one is best breeding crowntails
together and one must be careful to provide ample
hiding places in the spawning tanks for both mates
to avoid a duel to the death!!
If you ask me, I
think crowntails are one of the most striking betta
variation and I LOVE them. Not all crowntails are
nice, so avoid the low end ones and make sure to
locate a quality strain to purchase.
Hope the above was
informative to you. This would be a great time to
announce that beautiful crowntails from very
established lines will be posted on the stock page
tomorrow (green, steel blue, royal blue, red ,
tricolor blue/white/red and gorgeous pastels).
Hehehehehe - shameless plugging.