Waite indicates that Australian specimens were brought from Penang, Malaysia, near the border with Thailand. He also makes reference to two articles about “fighting fish” published by Carbonnier in 1874 and 1881. Bettas may have first entered the USA in 1910, via importers in California; there also is proof they were imported in 1927 from Cambodia. While it is doubtful when bettas became universal in the aquarium trade, the early 20th century marked the 1st known departure from centuries of breeding bettas for aggression, to as an alternative choosing for colour, finnage, and common beauty for decorative purposes. In 1927, a piece of writing was posted in Germany describing the long, flowing fins of the “veiltail” breed, which indicates an emphasis on aesthetic beauty. In the 1950s, an American breeder created a larger and longer finned veiltail, while around 1960, Indian breeders discovered a genetic mutation that allowed for two caudal fins, generating the “doubletail” range.