There's less than a handful of fish stores, which don't make me wince when I see how they display their bettas. I not only hate seeing them wasting away in dirty cups, but I also hate seeing them put into sales tanks with wildly inappropriate tank mates. You go in, and there's some chewed up long-finned male being harassed by a tank full of tetras as well as being buffeted around by the filter current.
I was just feeding everyone, and decided to take some photos. I've been struggling to decide between which Betta sp. api api pairs (especially the females) to sell, but I think I've made up my mind.
The female below is the one I think I will be keeping. She looks the most like my previous female (just shorter in the body), and is the most personable. I thought she was going to explode with the number of white worms she managed to fit in.
I'm hoping once I sell my other two pairs of Betta sp. api api, and can move her into a heavily planted tank, she will show more colour. Their present tank is very open, and as a result she only shows her full colour during courtship. I also want to kick all the young fish out into a single tank as they are getting to a size now where they are starting to become more aggressive.
This was the female I was almost going to keep. She's nice, but she's not as friendly and I prefer friendly fish as it's easier to keep track of their health.
Then this is my Betta brownorum male eyeing off some blackworms. I swear I never see this fish unless he is eating. Otherwise he just stays in his film canister tending to spawn after spawn.
My Betta persephone seem to like their new plants, and the fact I added some rooibos last night. This is what the whole tank looks like now. Definitely needs more plants, but both pairs are happy enough.
This male isn't one I've bred. He came from overseas and then was owned by a hobbyist in QLD, before coming to me.
These two are fish I bred. The one on the left is my F2 male. He is a beautiful fish, but he has problems with his swim bladder and can't swim properly so obviously not a breeding candidate. The one chasing him, is his father. He is three-years-old, and very stocky. He chooses not to pose for photos although I almost got him tonight with the camera.
I picked up an API pH test kit earlier today. I was curious about whether the sand in my blue eyes tank was going to drastically raise the pH. The pH in the tank seems to be around 6.8, which is lower than the tap water (7.6 was the closest match on the chart), but higher than the pH in my wild betta tanks. So I will be keeping close eyes on the pH level to make sure it doesn't come up too high. I've never used this sand before so don't want to harm my fish.
Having tested my tap water, I can see why my previous bettas must have had issues when I was doing 100% water changes. My tap water has almost no carbonate hardness, and drops very rapidly down to 6.0, which is as low as the test kit will read. It could potentially be lower, and likely is, based on the species I have breeding in my tanks. Undoubtedly, going from 7.6 down to 6.0, and then back to 7.6 when I changed the water out must have been incredibly stressful.
I do wish this weather would warm up though! I really want to get my spotted blue eyes and plants, but overnight temperatures seem to be hovering around 5-7 degrees Celsius.