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Old 04-22-2013, 11:31 PM   #1 
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Had some miscellaneous photos of some of my wild betta juveniles so thought I would post them.


Female I bred and who has spawned with her father a couple times now. She has another adult sibling in the tank with her and her parents (unsure of gender), and today I saw a very young fry in there as well.









Siblings in separate grow-out










Same species but different parents
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:51 AM   #2 
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Great photos! It is great to see some wild bettas, so are they more docile than the splendens? Can males and females be kept together?
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These species won't usually kill each other, but sometimes the male and females can get pretty aggressive.

The parents of the first one are really aggressive and fight a lot. Particularly pre-spawning. The bites out of her fins are from her father when she spawned with him.

Otherwise most disagreements are display rather than physical aggression. I have just under 20 mature males living in another tank and they spar a bit and do have fights every so often but not really mean like splendens can be.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:04 AM   #4 
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Oh okay What type of betta is the one in your avatar? are wild bettas difficult to keep? did you get them from Jodi?
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:09 AM   #5 
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Betta persephone is the one in my avatar.

There's around 70 species of wild bettas and their care levels vary. I get most of mine through Jodi-Lea, a couple came from the wholesaler Aquarium Industries.

The ones in this thread and in my display picture are probably the hardest to keep. You need to have really soft, acidic water (most people use rainwater but Melbourne tap is really soft) with a pH of around 5 or below if you want them to spawn.

They can also be really shy. Mine are only friendly because they are either bred by me or because I spend a lot of time with them so they got used to me.



That's my display picture blown up
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:14 AM   #6 
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Surprising how beautifully coloured they are! Usually you think of wild fish being more drab brown colours but they are really beautiful! Does Jodi get wild ones very often? I haven't seen any so far since I have been buying from her.
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She usually doesn't put up what wild bettas she has on Youtube. I generally ask if she has any in stock. I am not sure how often she gets them in. She did an order from Indonesia in December, and I am waiting for her to do another one with that same breeder because there is a species I am desperate for.

From time to time she may post up EOI or lists of what wilds she has available.

Most of the time people think they are drab because they do not do well in the typical store set-up. They require a bit more specialist care than splendens to show off their full colour and personality.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:38 AM   #8 
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Well I think they are beautiful! Yours are gorgeous so they must be happy
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:42 AM   #9 
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Yeah. I have maybe 100 different fry growing out. I haven't really been able to count them all. So I assume they are happy.

In one 27L tank I have around 20 juveniles/fry in with their parents. That was after I removed more than 50 of them previously. They are like rabbits if you get the conditions spot-on.

Only annoying thing with this complex is that they seem much more susceptible to velvet, especially when young. It can be a constant battle to keep it out of some of my tanks.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:13 PM   #10 
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WOW you have quite a few then, do you sell the babies? I know what you mean...velvet sucks. Have bought a few rescues in the past that were riddled with it. That pet shop is so frustrating, every batch of bettas for the last few months have had velvet because they can't be bothered to clean their damn tanks properly. Luckily the three boys I rescued are cured now.
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