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Old 10-01-2012, 09:30 PM   #11 
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Ooh I would love to see them :) Do you breed your mahachai?

I wish there were a wild type betta subforum here :P
Maybe you should start a wild thread. Here's my mahachai thread: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....light=mahachai

I haven't breed them yet. Did you know there's a betta store in St. Paul? The guy sells all kinds of bettas and even wild pairs too!

http://www.mnbettashop.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/Thebettashop
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:08 PM   #12 
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I wish they had something like that here in sac town cali. All we have is a local fish store with lots of sick bettas in small containers
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Maybe you should start a wild thread. Here's my mahachai thread: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....light=mahachai

I haven't breed them yet. Did you know there's a betta store in St. Paul? The guy sells all kinds of bettas and even wild pairs too!

http://www.mnbettashop.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/Thebettashop
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:22 AM   #13 
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Sorry to hear. Well, if you're ever interested in wilds, you should check his page or message him on facebook. It's nice to buy Thai quality bettas from a US seller rather than the hassle from overseas.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:03 PM   #14 
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Maybe you should start a wild thread. Here's my mahachai thread: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....light=mahachai

I haven't breed them yet. Did you know there's a betta store in St. Paul? The guy sells all kinds of bettas and even wild pairs too!

http://www.mnbettashop.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/Thebettashop
Yes! I love this store! Tony has AMAZING fish and he's super helpful and friendly, I bought my Pineapple girl and Neptune from him. I do think he charges quite a bit for his wild pairs but they are direct from Thailand yes? Having seen them in person I can vouch that they're extremely healthy and beautiful, and he takes good care of them. Is he who you bought your mahachai from?

I think I am going to make a Wild thread soon :P

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I wish they had something like that here in sac town cali. All we have is a local fish store with lots of sick bettas in small containers
Setsuna if you ever need access to healthy wild species let me know, I've been looking around myself and have started finding some good US-based sellers. I have 6 imbellis juveniles on their way to me and a pair of smaragdina. I bet you could also find some local breeders near you who don't necessarily advertise but would give you good deals on their healthy spawns. I know for sure there's a Macrostoma breeder in Sacramento. Maybe check up on the IBC website for leads?

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Old 10-03-2012, 01:12 PM   #15 
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Oh duh, I came here to ask a question XD So I've got those 6 imbellis juveniles I mentioned. I only have a 20 gallon long heavily planted tank for them right now. I know you're supposed to have at least 30 gallons for a community tank of adults, but will they be ok temporarily until I can get another tank set up for them? I can also split them up if it's not workable.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:07 PM   #16 
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Honestly, I keep my wild bettas in smaller quarters than recommended and have no problems. I house a unimaculata pair in a 10 gallon tank and they just gave me 20 odd fry. I have a group of six brownorum (3 pairs) in a 12 inch cube and the dominant pair spawns weekly.

I've found as long as you offer plenty of cover (java moss is the best for wild bettas I've found) and maintain correct water parameters, you can usually have them in smaller accommodation than what sources online recommend.

Imbellis might squabble a bit but I had a group of four and really it never went beyond body slapping and chasing. They are much less aggressive than their domesticated counterparts.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:29 PM   #17 
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Honestly, I keep my wild bettas in smaller quarters than recommended and have no problems. I house a unimaculata pair in a 10 gallon tank and they just gave me 20 odd fry. I have a group of six brownorum (3 pairs) in a 12 inch cube and the dominant pair spawns weekly.

I've found as long as you offer plenty of cover (java moss is the best for wild bettas I've found) and maintain correct water parameters, you can usually have them in smaller accommodation than what sources online recommend.

Imbellis might squabble a bit but I had a group of four and really it never went beyond body slapping and chasing. They are much less aggressive than their domesticated counterparts.
Thanks so much, I really appreciate the advice. It's hard to find active breeders of specific species who can provide information about this stuff.
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No worries. I have successfully bred around 9 species of various types and so have sort of guesstimated my way through the whole process.

Nice to see some more people getting into wild bettas. They are lovely fish.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:24 PM   #19 
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Yes! I love this store! Tony has AMAZING fish and he's super helpful and friendly, I bought my Pineapple girl and Neptune from him. I do think he charges quite a bit for his wild pairs but they are direct from Thailand yes? Having seen them in person I can vouch that they're extremely healthy and beautiful, and he takes good care of them. Is he who you bought your mahachai from?

I think I am going to make a Wild thread soon :P
Yup, that's where I got my Mahachais. Tony is a great guy and his bettas are beautiful and I always check or visit his new shipments. I've only seen him sold a local breeder's HM bettas once, but the rest of his bettas are from Thailand. Wilds are quite expensive the Mahachai pair I had was $40 and his single blue Mahachai male right now is up for $35. : P Yet, I'm surprised he sold me a wild "caught" emerald smaragdina male for only $10.

Would love to see a wild thread.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:53 PM   #20 
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Haha here it's around $65-$95 for a mahachai pair from the aquarium. Not sure how much it would be to purchase them from a private breeder. Some of my larger species have been around the $95-$110 mark so that is why I try to hang onto as many fry as I can as they are hard to get and expensive to boot!
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