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Old 06-19-2012, 03:37 PM   #1 
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Wild betta pictures/info

Thought I'd share this link to a blog page that lists and pictures a lot of wild betta species.

http://orcabetta.blogspot.com.au/200...ild-betta.html

My favourite's the macrostoma. I really hope to keep these fish some day (and I've found a local breeder with some fry that will ready to be sold next year.. oh, bettas how you tempt me! ..) but check out the CUTE little B. persephone. How adorable is that? :B

I also like breviobesis.. and burdigala... picta .. and unimaculata. And channoides, which are also really beautiful.

If you could keep any wild betta, which would you choose?
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:46 PM   #2 
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Betta channoides Peaceful Betta
Wine Red Betta Betta patoti
Maragd Fighting Fish

they are all so beautiful in there own way but my favorite would have to be the peaceful betta.... i love its neon natural beautiful colors that pop out.. on the other hand they would be easy prey because of the pop out colors!
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If I had the kind of space that most of the wild bettas require for happiness and good health, I'd definitely take Burdigala. What a lovely fish.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:33 PM   #4 
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I just got a burdigala male (female was DOA so getting a replacement). He is stunning in full colour but still very small. Also getting a pair of persephone delivered today. They are one of the most beautiful betta species and it's a shame they are so endangered. I think there is only 1-2 spots left they can be found.

I will have 9 species of wilds once my persephone arrive. Hope to bump that up to ten with a pair of uberis.

A pair of burdigala could do fine in a 30cm cube. I have a breeding colony of 6 brownorum in one and the dominant male has spawned several times with his dominant female partner.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:40 PM   #5 
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Wow, I never knew some of them did fine in alkaline water. LBF do you know if any of them do well in medium hard water? I always thought these guys were all out of my reach.
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A pair of burdigala could do fine in a 30cm cube.
Oh really? You shouldn't have told me! Now I might start looking for a pair!
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:06 PM   #7 
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Most of the bigger species should be okay in slightly harder water (species such as ideii, unimaculata, ocellata). I think channoides and albimarginata are also quite tolerant. They might not spawn for you, but they shouldn't suffer any health effects from it.

If you get something wild-caught then it's probably going to be much more sensitive to water parameters, but some species have been bred in fairly large numbers by wholesalers and are more adaptable.

For something like a burdigala you want very dark, very soft water with lots of cover and subdued lighting to get the beautiful burgundy colouring. I just let my leaf litter decay as this provides plenty of micro-organisms for any fry (this complex will not usually eat their own fry) that might be born.

They can be fussy with food. I am just weaning some of mine off a sole diet of frozen/live and onto pellets.

These are not the kind of bettas that do well in tanks with rainbow coloured gravel and sparse decorations. I've gotten the best colouration and behaviour from my wilds in biotope style set-ups.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:28 PM   #8 
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LBF, knew I'd see you here! XD

Wow, nine species.. I'd love to see some pics of the persephones.

I am seriously thinking of keeping no more splendens once my current bettas go to fishy heaven. Well, maybe just one.. loving the plakats atm.. >> But I think I'd much rather keep some wilds. There's just something about them that's more appealing to me. Plus, endangered and all..
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Just make sure your tops are gladwrapped and completely covered. My unimaculata male fell 2 metres yesterday and nearly broke his neck landing on my bottom shelf.

If there is the tiniest gaps wilds will find it and get out.

The culprit himself (he went stripey because I put the light over his tank)

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He looks so.. Guilty.
Are any of yours mouth brooders? I don't know any of them that well.
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