Anyways, I work at PetSmart part-time and grew some interest in what they label as "Dragonscale", even though I know better and just had been calling them dragon plakats.
Well, I decided to pick up one yesterday at a different PetSmart. After watching him, I think he may be an imbellis instead of splendens. He is smaller, likes to nuzzle up against plants to "hide", very shy compared to the other bettas I've had. He will also not take food floating on the surface, instead waits for it to drop and then goes chasing after it. I also see him trying to forage in the rocks, also something I've never really seen other bettas do.
He does have the classic "masking" on the sides of his face, in the pink tint of my aquarium light the "dragon scales" look almost bronze.
He has just started to warm up enough to flare a bit, I will try my best to get a better picture then what I have. He's a fast little guy, doesn't stay still in one spot for too long, unless he's sleeping!
My question is: is there a way to tell the difference between imbellis and splendens based on their behavior? Or is it just up to the individual personality of the fish?
Here are a few bad pics from my iPhone, bad is better than none? I'll try ringer better ones later.
It's possible he's a hybrid too? Aren't a lot of plakats mixed with imbellis?
Edited by demonlollipop, 08 November 2011 - 03:29 PM.