Got some extremely bad news to share. It looks like several of my larger Betta hendra juveniles have developed white spots on their bodies. No other tanks in my fish room are infected, including those housing young fish, so I don't know what the cause is. At this point I don't know if it's ich or velvet, so I haven't rushed into treating it. If I turn up the temperature and it's velvet, all I'm going to do is make the infection spread more quickly and grow in severity. But on the other hand I don't want to start dosing medications if it's only ich.
If I get another outbreak of velvet, I'll be seriously considering my future with wild bettas. It's just too emotionally and financially draining to go through it all again.
Otherwise, the rest of my fish are doing well. My F2 Betta uberis should be free-swimming in another 12-24 hours, my F1 Betta brownorum are growing out nicely, I am being overrun with F2 Betta coccina, and my F1 Betta livida juveniles are now eagerly taking frozen mosquito larvae and brine shrimp (although some of the smallest definitely bite off more than they can chew).
My sub-adult F1 Betta coccina are making nuisances of themselves. One of the largest, a female, has decided that she wants to rise above her mother in the pecking order so the adults are busy keeping their recalcitrant offspring in line. There's also some torn fins on their adult sisters as I think they've been stirring up their brother again.
I took a few photos of my fish, but then my camera went flat.
First is my wild-caught Betta brownorum female. I can't tell if this pair are spawning in the film canister at the back of the tank as there were what looked like bubbles coming out the top.
This Betta uberis male has been very busy trying to claim Shiny's half of the tank. Unfortunately, he is one of the smaller males in the group.
You can see here how he compares in size to his father. I think even his mother is larger than he is.
Apart from that, I haven't really got a whole lot of news to share from my fish room. I do however, have some dog stories to share.
The other day we visited Nike's breeder's house, as one of her dogs had recently had a litter. There were eleven puppies in total and as they were only a few days old all they did was make noises and wriggle around in the whelping box. But the breeder gave us a couple of girls to hold (which always makes me panic because I feel like I'm going to drop them) and I gave plenty of cuddles to Nike's sister and her mother.
The breeder also has three older puppies from Nike's sister she is running on, and Clio follows them around like a mother hen when we're down at club. At one point she was lying on the ground with all three puppies clambering all over her, and she just had this expression of pure happiness.
And that's about the only redeeming feature of Clio's at the moment. I've come to the conclusion that Clio is hyperactive rather than high-drive, and it's bloody exhausting to live with. Everyone but Clio is capable of settling in the house. In fact right as I type this, she is in the crate sitting next to me screaming to be let out, and she can't have been in there for more than an hour or two.
She simply has no off-switch. It's like this constant cycle where I wear her out (either physically or mentally or both) and then as soon as she wakes up she has to be doing something, and if it's not something productive, it's something destructive. The trouble is that it's very difficult to channel her energy productively. In spite of all my best efforts, she has almost no interest in toys so she won't chase a ball, tug, or run after the flirt pole. By nature, she isn't one of those bouncy enthusiastic types, and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to get her motivated simply by using high-value food rewards. Furthermore, her reactivity means we are limited as to where we can take her and at what times, and several idiot dog owners have made it impossible to walk her around the streets like I do with the others.
I mean I love her, but she is such a handful. She couldn't be a more polar opposite of her dam (she has a very quiet nature) temperament wise.
To top it off, Nike is having a phantom pregnancy, so has been carrying two toys around and crying any time she's left alone. When it comes time to desex the two older girls, Nike is definitely going first!