Hey guys, long time no see! Sorry I haven't checked in lately, my computer is basically useless at the moment so I can only log in here on other peoples' computers.
I am glad to see the continued interest in wild species, I'll be going back over this thread and reading up on what people seem most interested in and maybe find more resources and academic articles that cover such things. If there's one skill I honed in college, it was academic research :P
As for my own fishies, they're doing good overall! I did lose one imbellis, it was acting sickly for quite a while. It wouldn't eat anything but brine shrimp, but even with those it eventually passed away. The 5 remaining imbellis are growing rapidly and I'm finally able to sex them with I would say 75% accuracy. I have one dominant male, as with the other community tanks, and at least one more male. The rest appear to be female.
The albimarginata continue to be my favorites! Their tank is the jewel of my collection of NPT tanks. I ordered them a whole jungle and it's growing in nicely. I have one dominant male who shows off full dress ("full dress" for those who are unfamiliar with the term, refers to a healthy, virile male betta in peak color condition and flashing his brightest shades, generally in order to attract females). I also have one gregarious female that he really likes. I also have a smaller male that he likes to pick on a little (but not much, they are a peaceful species). And I also have one female who is incredibly timid and prefers to hide in the plants, although even she gets curious enough to come out and stare at me if I'm in front of the tank. Her coloration is much lighter than the other three, and she has the most adorable blush-colored cheeks. I suspect she might be descended from fish that came from a different locality than the ancestors of the other three, but it's really hard to tell these things with fish born into the aquarium trade. I think she will produce some fantastic color variation in fry if she ever calms down enough to breed. She is very easily stressed, and when I moved her into the 20 Long tank she was the most difficult to catch, I think I gave her an anxiety attack. Everyone is doing very well now though, they've been in the new tank for a few weeks and I can tell they love it.
The smaragdina pair is the same XD Still quite skittish, although the male is getting more used to me. He is gorgeous when he's out in the open, that greenish copper color gets me every time. Natural metallics are jaw-droppingly beautiful.
Edit: LBF I just read your post, it's so funny that you have a fish rack in your bedroom and refuse to paint your walls because it's so much work to move the fish. I also have a fish rack in my bedroom, and refuse to paint the walls because the idea of moving my 20 gallon tanks doesn't appeal to me at all XD I do need to get my big desk out, it was temporary surface area for tanks. I need to get the 20 gal on it over to the top of the metal shelves I have on the other side of the room. I've been putting it off for a while now lol!
Last edited by babystarz; 11-13-2012 at 02:18 PM.