Halfmoon Betta Fish
Halfmoon betta, one of the most sought after betta strains in the market
anywhere, is perhaps the most fascinating and gorgeous breed you can ever spawn.
One reason is because this strain of betta has many challenges for the breeders
and keepers alike. Listed below are just some of them:
Freshwater Tropical Fish
Most layman will consider any betta fish with tail shaped in the form of a
half-circle to be of halfmoon strain. While this can be used as the basis to
determine if you’ve got a halfmoon betta, the experts will tell you that
there is more than meets the eye. A more critical definition of a true
halfmoon betta is one which forms an almost complete full circle where the
dorsal fin (top), anal fin (bottom) and caudal fin (tail) overlap each other
and forms a complete circle. Some may even classify this as a “fullmoon”
The halfmoon betta’s caudal fin should spread more than 180 degress when
flaring and the best halfmoon bettas are those with both edge of caudal fin
as straight as possible. The last condition is perhaps the most difficult to
fulfill by most breeders since majority of the so-called halfmoon bettas
have “rounded” edges and corners at the caudal fin.
What about color of halfmoon betta?Technically, finnage itself
defines what’s a halfmoon betta, but most savvy breeders will shoot for
exotic or even colors too. Frankly, to get a desirable finnage pattern
together with scarce color combination in a halfmoon is difficult. Most
breeders could only have success in either one of the other, but seldom
both. Indeed, there are real secrets in getting both traits at the same
These could be trade secrets that allow some well-known betta breeders in
the world to price their stocks at a premium. Just imagine viewing an active
halfmoon betta with flaring in full finnage in one of the purest single tone
color without any other color spots? These strain of halfmoon bettas
routinely fetch sale amount in the four-figure range easily. What’s more,
wait till you ask about the price of the female halfmoon betta to mate the
pair – that is, if the breeder ever put any on sale at all!
About female halfmoon betta?
This leads us to discuss a little on mating the halfmoon pair and associated
genetics. Have you wonder why there is almost no sale of female betta for
special strains like halfmoon? Look around and you’ll discover that sales of
these betta are almost non-existence for prized strains. Reason is simply
because that is the most critical “ingredient” to the reproduction and
further genetic manipulation of such line of betta!
There are however some alternative breeding techniques that will enable you
to breed trophy fullmoon bettas without starting with an equivalent female.
This involves some time and a lot more attention in mating pair selection.
What are the criteria to consider when starting a line of fullmoon? How do
you choose a female to produce the right genetic combination that caters to
both finnage and color?
These closely guarded secrets are not found anywhere even on the internet, at
least not easily. Over the years of breeding special strains of bettas like
halfmoon bettas, I’ve seen such knowledge being disclosed sparingly and perhaps
accidentally by chance from experienced breeders all over the world.
Halfmoon Betta Fish