The Plakat betta is also known as Plakat Thai in Thailand or PK for short, are short tailed bettas. Because of this, they are often mistaken for female bettas, however with the right tips there are ways to properly identify these fine little creatures. If you are interested in learning more about the plakat betta then this article should put you on the right track.

Plakat Betta Facts

To start, you should know that there are a wide variety of plakat betta in the world right now. They range from “Wild Plakats” (those that look like they’ve been snagged from their natural habitat), to “Show Plakats” (extended dorsals, enhanced colors, extended anal/ventral fins, etc.) and you also have the “Fighter Plakats” (which are bred specifically for fighting.)

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I’m going to cover the characteristics of the top 3 that you will normally see in the modern betta world:

  • Traditional Plakat Betta – The standard plakats usually have extended ventral fins, a pointy anal fin and a rounded off caudal fin.

  • Halfmoon plakats (HMPK) – These are the more modern show type plakats. They tend to have 4 or more rays and a 180-degree spread. There are two types of HMPKs, the “asymmetrical” type which is the more common type (Elongated, slanted anal fin) and the “symmetrical” type (looks like a modern halfmoon, but with shorter fins). The following diagram (thanks to Betta Territory for posting it) shows you the difference:


Plakat Betta
Traditional plakat (A), Asymmetrical halfmoon plakat (B) and Symmetrical halfmoon plakat (C)
Dragon Fancy Orange Halfmoon Plakat
Dragon Fancy Orange Halfmoon Plakat Betta
  • Crowntail Plakat (CTPK) – This little fella has a tail that is either rounded or with a 180 degree spread and with elongated rays giving it a “spikey” appearance. Again, its tail length is usually shorter.


Green Dragon Crowntail Plakat
Green Dragon Crowntail Plakat Betta


A lot of hobbyists prefer this type of betta because they are usually more active than other types, since their movement isn’t as hindered as their long-tailed friends. Another reason why they are a huge favorite is that they are known for their resistance to disease, which means fewer chances of fin rot and other unwanted illnesses.


Plakat Betta In Action

Here’s a video of a few plakats in action:


Do you know anything else useful about the Plakat betta that you think I should mention? Or other fun betta fish facts? If so, please comment on my post!
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