Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-02-2013, 01:41 PM   #581 
Catie79
Member
 
Catie79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
I've learned a sharp lesson about stressing these wilds. I made a mistake two months ago with introducing a couple of peaceful but boisterous fish to my community that included betta imbellis, and even though I removed them when I realized it wasn't going to work, I lost the last of my original 8 yesterday. Something went through the tank like wildfire. I've got my two remaining imbellis juvies sitting in a 5 gallon where I can monitor them closely.

It's so weird, I lost all 8 imbellis with similar symptoms, but it didn't touch any of the cories or the pleco. The cories are as fat and happy as ever. The juvies that were added after the busy fish were removed also seem fine. Makes me suspect that the imbellis were stressed, immune systems went down, and something took them out. Nothing stresses my cory school. Ever. It looks like my two survivors are a male/female pair, so I'm going to keep them somewhere quiet and entirely on their own to see if they'll take to each other. My 40g will just house killis for awhile while I figure out what the heck happened.

Species only tanks for these beauties from here on out (except cories, no one ever minds cories).
Catie79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 01:48 PM   #582 
LittleBettaFish
Member
 
LittleBettaFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Shame to hear that you lost nearly all your imbellis. Mine are all in species only set-ups because of the conditions they thrive in and because I want them to spawn. I always advocate species only set-ups for wilds as I think they just do best in these.

Have you ever attempted to spawn any of your imbellis or was it more of a if spawning happens it happens type thing?
LittleBettaFish is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 01:52 PM   #583 
Catie79
Member
 
Catie79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
It was more of a 'if it happens' sort of thing. I enjoyed watching the natural behavior with the group. Three males, five females, and a lot of cover made for interesting viewing. The boys would hang out together until a female showed up in breeding colors, then it was all posturing and amazing colors. I have my fingers crossed that these two will thrive in their specialized solo set up and I'll have my first spawn.
Catie79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 02:08 PM   #584 
LittleBettaFish
Member
 
LittleBettaFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Yeah I've found that the wilds will show off better in a group setting, but tend not to want to spawn as much unless the group consists of a pair and their juvenile/adult offspring.

Good luck with your two. Imbellis are nice little fish and hopefully something happens now it's just the two of them.
LittleBettaFish is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2013, 10:19 AM   #585 
Catie79
Member
 
Catie79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
The duo seem quite content in their new digs. The tank was heavily influenced by Littlebettafish's setups, even though these guys are splendens complex. Leaf litter, pile of rocks for hidey holes, a couple anubias and plastic plants, a ton of pennywort floating, diffused lighting, tannin stained water. Looks like my calculations were a bit off since the water was a bit too dark this morning. I've got them at weak tea right now.

Terrible, terrible picture but the settings that make betta happy don't make for stellar pictures.



Now I wait for them to grow up and see if I'm right that it's a pair or if the 'female' is a juvenile male. I haven't seen any sign of posturing or aggression, just hanging out together and some showing off from the one I know is male, so I'm still hopeful.
Catie79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2013, 12:08 PM   #586 
efg321
Member
 
efg321's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Baltimore,Md.
My Imbellis and Smaragdina enjoy the same type set ups. Some with gravel, some without. I also rely on guppy grass and java moss(sometimes the java moss wall-clump makes for happy hiding as well)...Hope it turns out you have a pair left. I agree happy betta water makes for lousy pics. My favorite nano tank was started w/ "muck" and water from New Jersey cedar swamp/ Pine Barrens.
efg321 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2013, 08:54 PM   #587 
LittleBettaFish
Member
 
LittleBettaFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Sharing some pictures of my Betta burdigala family. Have fry/juveniles of all ages living with their mum and dad. Going to move them into a 10 gallon tank in the next couple of days because they are outgrowing their current one.












A very small sibling


Full coloured male juvenile


What I am hoping is a young female

LittleBettaFish is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 09:38 PM   #588 
GhostFeather
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
So,Grapvine twigs,etc are ok to use?
Thanks
Bill
GhostFeather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 10:07 PM   #589 
LittleBettaFish
Member
 
LittleBettaFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
We get wood called goldvine here. That is what I use in my wild species tanks. I have no idea if it is the same thing or not.

I have heard some people caution against using grapevine in case any pesticides have been sprayed on it. But that's about it.
LittleBettaFish is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2013, 06:52 PM   #590 
Setsuna
Member
 
Setsuna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Sacramento, CA
My other male splenden and 2 females

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxVvwqRHQHk
Setsuna is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wild Bettas.... BettaSCHmacK Betta Fish Care 2 08-14-2013 12:34 AM
Wild Bettas Banicks Betta Fish Care 15 10-20-2011 07:27 PM
Wild Bettas? Johnificent Betta Chat 7 05-01-2011 02:58 PM
Wild species of Betta, Unimaculata Astro277 Betta Fish Care 0 11-29-2010 09:17 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.