Someone went and aggravated the male while he was guarding his newly hatched fry yesterday and got her caudal and anal fins chewed up because of it.
I did some experimenting with rooibos tea this morning. I want something cheap and fairly potent to keep the water in my aging tub dark and IALs just weren't it. I have trialled some tea I brewed up on the stove in one tank and it turned the water very dark. It doesn't seem to have had any impact on the fish (my coccina group) so I am going to monitor them for the next couple of days and if all goes well I'll go purchase a whole heap of rooibos tea bags and use them in my tub.
You can see how dark the water has gone in the middle tank from the tea I added.
I still think Betta hendra are one of the most beautiful of the wild betta species. Even the female looks stunning when she is fully coloured up.
The male meanwhile was being much more secretive and hiding up the back near the peat ball.
Got my BBS hatchery bubbling away to feed my fry. Need to find somewhere that isn't my bedroom to put it permanently though.
My unimaculata pair must have spawned because the male looks like he has a mouthful of eggs. I don't know why if you are sick with velvet you would want to spawn but I think it's just because this is a species I don't particularly want lots of that they do it. Their fry are growing ridiculously fast for how little I feed them and how few water changes I do.
Been working out my set-up for downstairs. I think I want one four shelf, 1800mm wide rack instead of two 900mm racks. Otherwise I can't fit my 12 gallon long that houses my persephone on there. I want to do this right from the start, so I'm definitely going to get my dad to brace under all the shelves, and install wooden flaps to hide all my lights, tubing and electrical cords. That's the two things I wish I had done with my current rack as my shelves bow and the set-up looks messy with everything visible.
With four shelves I should be able to fit all my current fish on, plus the pairs I still want to get, plus my BBS hatchery, plus one water aging tub and then still have space spare for another couple of tanks.
Everything will be densely planted so I'll only have to do one or two water changes per tank, per week. That way I won't be overwhelmed by near daily maintenance.
Now if there was some way to mass harvest mosquito larvae year round, I would be all over that. My fish are loving having several feedings a week of them and I'm going to hate when summer is over and it gets cold again.