Hehe...we're on at the same time. Talking between edits. ;-}
XD oops! That is awesome, I had no idea Portland was a mecca for wild bettas lol. I thought having 3 betta shops here was impressive! Will bookmark, I don't believe I've encountered anyone else selling strohi.
That's Cody's email. I can't believe I don't have him on my friends list, so I don't have his handle. He wasn't on much. Tell him I sent you.
This is an ocellata. He says they're puppy-dog friendly and water-spec tolerant...and get up to 3 inches. I'm starting to get interested again, having talked with you guys.
Thanks, I will be sure to email him sometime this weekend. Ocellata are beautiful! Also there's a local fishkeeper here with them. If I were to get a couple from him and a couple from Cody, I'd have a good gene mix. So definitely another species to consider. The local guy also has rubra, but they apparently prefer a low pH.
Hehe, we will suck you in to the blackwater depths of the wilds
All this "180 degree, crisp edges, long dorsal, correctly-angled anal, 50/50 BF pattern" stuff has often struck me as a little "fussy," although I do applaud adherence to a standard.
Agreed! It's nice to have the goal of breeding simply to perpetuate the species. Definitely a different ballgame. I'm not even sure if I want to be purposely selecting for specific traits aside from health.
Originally Posted by Hallyx
And ain't this 21st century technology Kewl. Imagine friends in Minnesota, Oregon and Australia conversing and sharing pictures in real-time---and for free.
To imagine it would have taken months and several bucks in photo processing and postage to have this conversation 2 decades ago... mind blowing
I've been quite upset about my computer being on the fritz, there are so many good shots I've taken and been unable to share. Oh well, I'll get them all uploaded eventually. I missed out on my chance to snap one of my albi in full dress & flaring the other day. I'm hoping he'll do it again tomorrow. It was highly impressive to see how colored up he was!
P.S. I *just* found out that betta pi were named so due to the fact that they have the pi symbol on their faces! How freaking awesome!!
I keep Betta unimaculata who are out of the same complex as ocellata and they are extremely easy to keep. Only thing you have to watch out for is that the bigger fish tend to be quite adept jumpers. Their size also means they can go through things such as cling wrap.
Of the six unimaculata I have owned, four of them have died from jumping. This is even with all the precautions I take.
Yeah that complex doesn't really do much for me I have to admit. It seems that imbellis and smaragdina are the more popular species of wild betta, probably because they are so close to splendens and not so big a jump in care and personality.
On other wild related news, sucked two fry out of my rutilans tank and have about a dozen or so that dad is guarding in his log and won't let me near. Thinking I might strip the tank down and catch as many fry as I can to grow-out separately. Only trouble is they are practically impossible to see and to find in there.
Decided I am going to sell my unimaculata pair after the female jumped out on me for the second time after I just took off the lid to clean their tank. It's not fun scrabbling around on the floor at 11:30pm trying to find a fish who ends up on the complete opposite side of the room.
I have their fry anyway so if I decide to keep a pair I can just go with them. Hopefully being tank-raised they might be inclined to be a little less jumpy!