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How To Differentiate Hmpk And Plakat


Erren
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I usually look for the ray branching in the caudal fin. Also, traditional plakats usually have a longer more pointed anal fin, but this isnt a very definite thing to look for. Also just general fin shape. I will see if i can dig up som photos for you :)

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I get confused with the whole naming of plakat fin types, but understand them all. As far as i can work out, a HM plakat should have a 180* spread, but what about a plakat from a HM spawn that has less than a 180* spread, would that be a delta/superdelta plakat? Like how do you differentiate between that and a modern show plakat. Then you have Traditional plakats with wild type spread and with an almost 180* spread. Then there seems to be HM plakats from Longfin HM lines, then ones from HM plakat lines. Just too many :)

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I've never seen pks listed with tail types (as SD's etc).. the exceptions being the HM and DT's. A lot of non-HM (ie not 180 spread) are listed as HM but I read that the same way SD's were listed as HM's for a long time with the long fins because they came from HM parents.

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Soon we will be posting up on the site some illustrations differentiating between the tail types, including HMPK and Trad PK. I don't want to give too much away, but wait til you see the series of drawings, they are just :) (and none of us girls drew them, so we're not taking any of the credit!). :) Anyway my interpretation is that a HMPK should basically look like a HM, but with short fins except the ventrals, which must be long and not too thick. Like a baby HM with mega ventrals! More an oval than a circle though (IMO a good HM should fit within a circle) A Trad PK has a long, pointed anal fin, and the tail is more of a spade shape than the D shape A HMPK has. Hopefully Jodi or Todd will step in and tell me the bits I got wrong... :((

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