The Plakat betta fish, which 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 Fish -- Quick Facts
Here are a bunch of facts/tips about the Plakat betta that you may not be aware of:
- To start, the word “Plakat” comes from the Thai word “Plakad” whic means fighting fish. It is generally pronounced in the following ways: “Pla-cat”, “Pla-cot” and “Plaket”. Other names I’ve heard them go by: Plakad, Plaket Thai, Short Finned Figher.
- There are a wide variety of plakat betta fish 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.)
- Like all other betta fish, they prefer to have a large enough tank to swim in. Although 3 gallons are acceptable, I would opt for the 5 to 10-gallon tank to house these bad boys. Keep the water temperature between 78-86 F and they’ll be happy as a clam. (As long as you keep up with the water changes and keep their habitat in livable conditions of course.). They also prefer a meat-based diet.
- They are more active than traditional bettas with long flowing fins, since they are more compact and can more around quicker.
- When it comes to Wild Plakats, there are two main types: Plakad Pah (which can pretty much be almost anywhere in Thailand and has generally a longer body than the standard plakat, but doesn’t really have enough gusto for a long fight) and you also have the Plakad Lukmoh (tougher than the Pah, but harder to find in the wild).
Plakat Betta Fish -- Characteristics
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:
- 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.
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 fish that you think I should mention? Or other fun betta fish facts? If so, please comment on my post!
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