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post #1771 of 1774 (permalink) Old 07-16-2016, 05:31 AM
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Your fish are stunning. And that's some huge IAL!
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I think it's a bit of an optical illusion, especially as my wilds aren't all that large themselves. Those are sold as 'small' IALs, and the largest is probably around 15cm. The 'large' IALs from the same company are almost too big for my tanks.

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I think if I could only keep one species of wild betta, it would have to be Betta coccina. I just love the colours, attitude, and fins on these fish. The dominant female in my F1 group, is only about half the size of her brother, but you can see she doesn't back down easily.

You can see one of her sisters trying to get out of the way in the top right corner.

Meanwhile, the sibling pair from this group have given me plenty of fry to work with. They are a fairly aggressive pair, and unfortunately, they have the propensity to go for each other's eyes when doing battle. A couple of days ago, I had real concerns that the female was going to be permanently blinded, but thankfully she's healed up fine.

Of course my camera managed to miss all the best shots of this pair, and the two I got aren't great. But the male of this pair epitomises everything I love about wild bettas. Personally, I don't think man can best nature when it comes to creating beautiful things.

Then I tried to get some photos of my Betta hendra male. However, he's guarding a nest of eggs and so he was getting increasingly agitated by my efforts. I did manage one in focus photo, which captured his colour nicely.

In other news, my largest Betta livida juveniles took their first frozen brine shrimp today. It's fascinating how they learn what to eat by watching their parents and each other. I'm also starting to see green spots developing on the sides of the males, so really excited to see how this group grow out, especially considering their endangered status in the wild. Hopefully I get some balanced sex ratios for once!

I don't think it's going to be long now before I move some of the largest juveniles into a separate grow-out. I just need to buy some more plants and IALs.

Finally, still no signs of spawning activity from my Betta persephone pair. I've been flaring them with a mirror as sometimes this seems to strengthen the bond between the pair and encourage courtship/spawning. However, the only one who does any flaring is the female while the male just skulks off to hide. They were looking so beautiful today with their bright blue fins all but glowing in the dark water, it made me miss my previous group. If they don't spawn, my only hope will be that wild bettas somehow find their way back into Australia again and I can import a pair.

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Recently I paired Shiny (F1 Betta uberis male) with a sibling female and moved them into their own tank. Yesterday, I caught them spawning, with the end result being a nest full of eggs. I will say that they were pretty efficient for a virgin pair, and so far Shiny has been doing an exceptional job with the eggs.

I did manage to get a couple photos of the female in breeding dress. However, Shiny refused to come out of the film canister, so there were no photos of him.

This morning I also discovered my F1 pair of Betta sp. api api wrapping. They must have heard that I was going to be putting them up for sale next week. The fry from their first few spawns are doing very well. There's not many, but as they say, quality over quantity.

My F1 Betta coccina male also has a nest full of fry, and my Betta hendra male just bid adieu to his most recent batch.

Meanwhile, I think my youngest F1 Betta sp. api api are mostly/all female. As I'm selling their parents, I now have the next to impossible task of catching every single F1 fish and moving them in with the main group without tearing the tank apart. Unfortunately, this is the downside to keeping wild bettas in heavily planted tanks.

Because I was already down there with my camera, I got a few shots of some of my F1 Betta sp. api api males.

Because I was being sentimental, I was trying to get some nice photos of my original Betta uberis pair. Typical me, all the best photos were out of focus, and my female wouldn't even come out at all. These two are probably the oldest wilds in my fish room (not a difficult achievement at this point in time), and if the eggs from Shiny hatch, they will finally become grandparents.

Otherwise, all my young fish appear to be growing out well. My Betta brownorum pair appear to have made no further attempts to spawn, and I'm just hoping that at least one of their current fry develops the characteristic lateral green spot. I've also decided to put my Betta persephone back into the same tank as it doesn't look like they are ever going to spawn, and it's one less heater I have to be running over the winter.

Finally, I've decided that I'm going to get back into Australian natives when my fish room is set-up. I was going to start keeping/breeding killifish again, but I think I need fish that I don't get as emotionally attached to. Killifish are like wilds in that they have their own unique personalities and you start becoming fond of individuals.

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