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Old 07-16-2012, 03:48 PM   #101 
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I'm super happy I could help. There's a lot of breeders out there who try to take advantage of novices, so I'm glad you're able to use it to your advantage.
I totally agree, especially when I see bettas for sale I would NEVER consider selling except for pets maybe. For those of us that are really trying to better our chosen betta forms, the more knowledge the better.
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Kaden it would be cool if you made a thread with these i am sure it would get stickied its helpful for visual people like myself :)
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Kaden it would be cool if you made a thread with these i am sure it would get stickied its helpful for visual people like myself :)

That's certainly a good idea, I'll have to coordinate with Indjo about it. Right now I'm working on taking his entire genetics study research and turning them into a visual display. That'll be its own sticky. I'm also working on a "So, You Want to Breed Bettas?" powerpoint slide for beginners. I'll work on the "what to look for" files when I get a chance.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:20 PM   #105 
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Hey, I just read that the import bettas won't live as long, is that true?
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Yes, buy 2nd gen thia fish bred in the usa if you want that gene pool its safer
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I'd say it greatly depends on how much the qater quality / chemistry changes from Thailand to the area where the betta is being shipped. Thailand bettas are raised and spawned in VERY soft water, often coined as "betta magic" water. It's got all of the necessary minerals, and is the perfect temperature 24/7, 365. Going from a life in this water to the harder waters of the US and other countries, which add chemicals like flouride and chlorine can really do a number on an import. I have buckets of water sitting out 24 hours ahead of time, soaked with indian almond leaves to give it similar chemistry to Thailand water and acclimate them to my water over a period of a couple weeks. I've never had an import die prematurely or unexpectedly using this method. To us, water is water, but to them, it's a completely different living environment.
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ok thanks
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:54 PM   #109 
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Kaden, if you do draw up more visual guides, be sure to include females too. :)

EDIT: Also +1 about the water. We sometimes forget that the water a fish lives in is, well, the water it lives in. Taking a fish from waters such as those in Thailand and plopping it into our waters would be like taking a man from Arizona and dumping him off in Sibera.
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so will the ones from the states probably be fine?
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