The History of Halfmoon

Bettas have come a long way… Betta fighting have started about 150 years ago where gamble on fights are very common. During these gambles, houses and even wives often changed hands. The fishes used were mostly wild caught in rice paddies and streams and some were bred by people fighting these fishes. The people of Thailand respected the Thai King a lot and when the King of Siam at then played with these little fighters, many people followed. From there, many people started breeding bettas and sales and betting of fighters became many’s livelihood. In the 1800s, the King of Siam gave some of his personal bettas to a man named Dr. Theodor Cantor, who was a doctor in the Bengal medical service. Nine years later, Theodor publishes an article in which he describes those fighting fish and names them: Macropodus Pugnax. But in the 1900s, Mr. Tate Regan pointed out that there were already a specie called Macropodus Pugnax, hence the need for a new name. Regan came up with Betta Splendens. This is just the introduction to the history of keeping Bettas as pets. Tail forms such as HMs or Crowntail came much later. VTs and DTs came about first in US and was created by Warren and Libby Young. Warren named the VTs they created Libby Betta in honour of his wife.
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  This fish was first created in 1920s in Cambodian fishes. That was the first mutation they created and is the most commonly available one. The second mutation was created in the 1960s and these were bred for commercial purposes. The development of the extended fins in these fish were much noticable and more easily detected in young males then the VTs of the first mutation Bettas have been selectively bred for the past 100 years and the past 50 years were all concentrated on producing Bettas with better finnages. The early Bettas were exported to Europe from Thailand. These fishes have a bigger caudal fin then wild bettas and were used for fights. Then in the 1960s, Edward Schmidt Focke of Germany bred the first delta betta from those imported fishes from Thailand. These Delta Bettas were not as long finned as those of Libby Bettas but have broader fins then common bettas that time. Then in 1967, IBC was setup by a group of dedicated Hobbyist and their aim was to breed fishes with finnages broad and symmetrical instead of long. In the early 80s, a French name Guy Delaval and some other breeders imported these fish to France. Guy Delaval bred these fishes for an increase in angle in the caudal fins and in 1987, he actually had a few fishes that had caudal fins that reach up to 160 degrees. Guy Delaval then showed some of these fishes in a show in France and Rajiv Masillamoni realised that Guy Delaval had come up with the impossible. The fishes at that time had finnages that hit 160 degrees maximum and could not swim well as they were not symetrical. Laurent Chenot and Rajiv Masillamoni joined in trying to preserve these fish. They tried to breed these fishes but they will not breed as they were too inbred. The male did not even know how to do the spawning rituals such as blowing the bubblenest and wrapping the female. Laurent Chenot and Rajiv Masillamoni then got fishes from many petshops and lines from different people and a very good male that was named R39 was thrown out from crosses between Delaval’s fishes and a black doubletail line from America. This fish was bred by Rajiv Masillamoni to all of the females of his and Laurent Chenot lines. Some Halfmoons turned up and Laurent and Rajiv continued breeding hard. In 1991 Jeff Wilson joined them. When Jeff saw our fish he called them Halfmoons. Rajiv thought that it was an appropiate name for it. Source:  

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