Traditional Vs. Modern Plakat Betta Splendens
Generally, short fin betta splendens are also called as plakats (pronounched from Pluh-Cot, not “Plackit”, in thailand language, used for “Bitting Fish”) divide into two general (plakats) finnage variation, they are: Traditional Plakat Betta and Modern Plakat Betta Splendens form.
Traditional plakats are bettas splendens whose fins conform to the original wild form fine type of betta. They seldom have more than two rays branching in the caudal, and the caudal is round, and sometimes spade-shaped.
But, modern plakats betta refers to newer plakat finnage type. Basically, they are shortfinned version of Halfmoon, Doubletails and Crowntail Betta Splendens. They breed according to the standard for the modern plakats, which is veri similar to the standard for the longfin show betta splendens, ex: 4 or more for ray branching, 180 degrees on tail span with sharp edges, have wider dorsal, and symetrical form.
We’ll try quote some valueable information from BettySplendens.com that The shortfin betta genetic trait is recessive to the long mutation. Breeding longfin to traditional plakat will result 100% longfin veiltails. F2 will bring back some sortfines.
In other case, breeding longfin Halfmoon to a modern plakat vill result all long fin Halfmoon betta and Super Deltas in F1. The F2 will bring back some shortfin. Modern plakat is often used by senior or top breeders in their longfin show lines to help strengthen the rays and reduce the finnage of their show bettas.