Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
I don't know any links to giants, but this is from my local forum;
If you're buying a giant DO NOT BUY YOUNG fish. Giant x giant spawns DO NOT produce 100% giants. They might grow rapidly the first few months, but then suddenly stop growing. Their genetics is still unstable. And they're usually sort of hunched back (the PK.... there are no HM giants here).
Giants usually reach 5.5cm in 3-4 months. But wait another 2 weeks and see if it still grows. If they don't, they won't reach the 12 cm mark (almost 5" - body only).
Treat giants like normal bettas. The only difference is the appetite. They would eat a whole lot..... if you buy a young giant and hold back on feeding, they won't grow to max size...... But this may become their weakness as well - easily get digestion related problems. Besides that, more waste is produced thus they need frequent wc...... but that's not a problem since most people here keep their bettas in 5g cycled and filtered tanks. Anyway another common disease is swollen head (?) initiated by stress due to water condition shock or dirty water. Then there is the infected gills that usually kills them.
To avoid this you have to keep the water as clean as possible. It is suggested to soak their food in methelyn blue for 5 - 10 minutes before feeding (here they're fed live or frozen - seldom pellets).
Hope this gives you a general idea on what you're getting into.