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Old 06-23-2010, 04:54 PM   #1 
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I'm new here and here is my newest boy!

Howdy! I have been raising fish my whole life. I bred Bettas, Cambodian Veiltails, back in the 70s, quite successfully for 3 generations. I also bred many others species, mostly African and South American Cichlids.

I was given my nephew's Betta (not yet pictured) last fall and was bit by the bug again. I tried to hold myself back and did for a few months.

But I walked into a ma and pop tropical fish shop in Houston (2 hours from our farm so I try to go to the fish store when I am in the city) and found a bunch of bags hanging on hooks with Bettas in them so of course I bought one.

I saw this beautiful Crowntail mixed in with VT or whatever. He looked too special to leave behind (they are all special). He won my heart so here he is. Please critique. I am new to Crowntails, they had not appeared back when I raised Bettas in the past so I don't know too much about them. Also, he is red with a bluecast to his body. Does that make him less "valuable"...just trying to learn. Sorry about the pic quality, I was using the wrong setting on my camera. I will try again later....Diane

This is "Firebird"!



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Old 06-23-2010, 04:58 PM   #2 
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Hes nice and what size tank is he in and does he have a heater?

Sorry for the questions.
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Old 06-23-2010, 05:09 PM   #3 
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Thanks. He was a spontaneous buy so he is in a half gallon plastic goldfish type bowl with no heater. Summers here are warm, even with the central a/c on all day. It has been triple digits already every day outside and I have been using a candy thermometer to check temps and the water is 78-82 degrees in all my bowls. I keep them under lights too, reading lamps on end tables. He will eventually get his own planted aquarium. The fish store has a very nice selection of live plants. I allow the tap water to stand over night to get to the same temp as the bowls. I live in the country so we have well water that is like clean spring water. The fish do great in it. I have a 60 gallon with some large cichlids in it and they want to spawn constantly. The male Betta I already had builds bubblenest constantly and is thriving so I am thinking that my methods are fine.
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:03 PM   #4 
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I am still wondering about the blue cast to his body, as Alienbetta1 simply asked me about his living quarters, which I hope I answered adequately. I would like to know yall's opinions on this little fella, conformation wise. Or tell me where to look for info.
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:06 PM   #5 
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Another view. I was having trouble photographing him, he was very quick and nimble!

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Old 06-23-2010, 07:02 PM   #6 
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He is very pretty. He looks like a bicolor or maybe tricolor. Is his body red or black? I can't tell. The blue is probably just some iridescent coloring over his other coloring. One of my boys has a bluish iridescent coloring too.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:37 PM   #7 
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Here is a better pic of "Firebird".


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Old 06-23-2010, 07:47 PM   #8 
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He's a pretty fish. As far as "valuable" he isn't the best example of a crowntail IMO. His body shape is a little too narrow IMO and lacks a good arch. His rays are uneven and mixed up (meaning they branch differently).

If you google the IBC standards for Crowntails you can see what to look for in a good CT.
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:02 PM   #9 
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Thank you 1fish, that is what I want to know. He appears to be quite young "in person" although it doesn't reveal itself well in these photos. I do not know what the proper size of body is. I will check the IBC standards on the CT, as you suggested. I do not expect him to be anything overly fantastic, but I was very happy to find such a nice little Betta just hanging there in a little bag of water.

As far as my question about value, I was originally referring to color. I was wondering if a pure red Betta was more highly desired than a red Betta with the blue overtones.

I am new to all this Betta talk and terminology so bear with me.

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He may not be the best CT according to the standards but I think he is really pretty.
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