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        When it comes to Halfmoon Betta , many people do not understand what is a halfmoon bettas some know what is a Halfmoon betta but they keep on boasting that their delta betta is a Halfmoon betta. Not only in particular country but in every-where in the world specially the shop keepers or betta breeders who want to sell their fish without shame.

        Most of the informations in this article were obtained from Mr. Markus Gutzeit of Germany who wrote ‘The true story of Halfmoon’and distributed to members of Halfmoon Betta Club. I take this opportunity to thanks him for his know-ledge given to us ing betta particularly the Halfmoon , I have gained some experiences and have improved my halfmoon lines to the point that most of my spawn are halfmoon and only few numbers are super-delta . Any one like to share my experiences please contact me, Atison Phumchoosri. E-mail:atisonshop@yahoo.com

        A true Halfmoon must have a caudal spread of180 degree not less and not more. A perfect Halfmoon must have the upper most and the lower most rays of the caudal straight and not curved. The branching should start at the very beginning of caudal peduncle.

        The story of halfmoon began in 1959 when Eduard Smidt Focke bred a pair of Thai betta and got some very wide caudal finnage which taday called Delta Betta.

        IBC (International Betta Congress) was formed by a group of betta breeders in 1967. Its main objective was to breed fishes that has broad and symmetrical finnage which can swim better than those with long fin.

        After almost 20 years of hard work, IBC breeders like Parris Jones, Peter Goettner and others have successfully bred a first betta that has wider caudal fin that we called them today Super-Delta betta.Their first appearance was rather round tail and lot of volume. Guy Delaval, a french breeder, imported those fishes into Franch and selected bred them for more angulage tail form.

        In 1987 Guy Delaval got a first betta that has caudal fin spread to 180 degree. He showed it at a show in France and Rajiv Masillamoni saw it and obtained some from Delaval stock. Most of the stock at that time were only about 160 degree maximum and could not swim symetrically as the halfmoon caudal fishes.

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Atison Phumchoosri Betta Farm
61 Moo 11 Tambon Kaeng Krajarn, Kaeng Krajarn District, Petchaburi Province 76170 Thailand.
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