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Old 03-10-2011, 08:37 AM   #1 
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Unhappy MISSING: My only marble betta

This Monday, I placed my male Piebald Marble betta in an outdoor grow-out basin to eliminate the plentiful mosquito larva in it. When I checked for him today, he was gone. I am devastated.
Here is the pic of the heavily planted basin.

He is my only marble betta and I was supposed to breed him this month. This is not a photo of him but he looks like this.

Oh marble betta, where did you go?
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:15 AM   #2 
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Oh dear!!! That's so sad! I hope you can find him or I hope he was just hiding under a plant... He was gorgeous...
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:21 PM   #3 
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He could be hiding somewhere. Seems like there are plenty of spots to hide. Worst case scenario is that he got taken by a cat or racoon or something :(
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:49 PM   #4 
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so sad it not safe to put them out side
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:29 PM   #5 
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I dismantled the entire setup to find him. I removed every single plant in the basin. Still, no sign of him. He can't jump out because he needs to clear 3 inches of the basin to get out. Maybe the stray cats discovered my basin.

What a waste of good fish. :(
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:32 PM   #6 
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Sorry, it was not 3 inches, more like 5 or six.. A betta can't jump that high. :(
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:17 PM   #7 
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I am so sorry, he was gorgeous! :( I'm very sorry... But it definitely won't happen again now! And you can find another gorgeous betta for breeding, I'm sure. :)
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Old 03-11-2011, 04:17 AM   #8 
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Yep.. Still, I feel so bad. :(

And another problem. Dragonfly and damselfly larvae are invading my basins. Fry casualties are rising. Arrrgggh
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:05 AM   #9 
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Hmmmm..... maybe you could put screen door material over your basins in the future to prevent parent entry and prevent larva from being lain.

I have no idea how you'd eradicate them though. :[ I'm so sorry about your lost boy! <3 And your babies! <3

Is there any way you can get most of them out of the basin and into a tank where you can see and remove the attacking larvae?
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Hmmmm..... maybe you could put screen door material over your basins in the future to prevent parent entry and prevent larva from being lain.

I have no idea how you'd eradicate them though. :[ I'm so sorry about your lost boy! <3 And your babies! <3

Is there any way you can get most of them out of the basin and into a tank where you can see and remove the attacking larvae?
I tried to remove all the predators with an asepto syringe (photo below) and added a screen on the tubs.. But I fear that there are still some of them hiding in the water and just waiting to grow. :(

I also covered all the tubs with nets this afternoon..
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