Hello, I am in Thailand with my family and they have just cleared some new land for fields. The trees are over 100 years old and the land was never used for farming. They have started to drain the fields and are working the ditch work now. Today my wife and I took a walk after our 30 minute motor cycle ride to the site. We noticed that the workers had not cleared a area and we asked why. They said it is a swamp and needs to be drained but had never been drained. So we went to go look. We noticed a patch of water plants and as a fish lover I had to go look. What I saw was like candy to a kid. Brown and clear water that looked 10 to 12 foot deep. After falling in I can say I think around 8 to 10 foot would be a good guess as I was not able to touch the bottom and my I phone is now calling nemo. So I had a very good look and we noticed no snakeheads and no water flood in or out. Land locked? Snails were softball size and snakes every place we stepped. So no pest aside issue. So like the kid I am, I can back home fast and got the nets and asked my brother to help me out. We had a rough time as there is no place to get good footing and the water undercuts the bank a few feet back. The first pull of the net was a lot of snail plant matter. I was getting ready to clear the net and noticed a lot of small fish dropping out. Dwarf Groumi, and what I think is a Betta that I have never seen. So we started to look closer and after a few net full started to get this betta only at the top few feet of water and under the weeds and not the side of the bank. We were able to get 30 fish and a lot of other fish. Most were common local fish.
We will try to post some pictures today and we will run the whole pond and see what is there. This pond is to be drained in two days so we will get what we can. I need some help with the species of betta. I is not the common green betta we have at our other field 8 km away. It is for sure in the betta smaragdina family but has two stripes from eye to tail and a round spot just under the top fin. Is light green almost purple body with either red fins or red with a black edge or white edge. the stripe goes through the eye and around the mouth. A few km away I get greens all the time and what we got today is not a green standard. We will be going to Chang Buri today to show a old time betta breeder. He saw a few pictures and was very very assertive that we bring some to him now and said hmmmmmmmm. He never says hmmmmmmmm unless it is something new to him. So we will post some pictures and we will also test the pounds for 2 km in a circle to see if they have the same type of betta. But this is virgin land and not ever been farmed fished or touched. By the size of the stupms and trees in the pond I would say this is for sure, We have all the data we can get from water to GPS and pictures are today. We have netted the water gate so nothing will get out till the pond is empty and drained. If this is a betta we will try to get it into the public hands and get all the info we can to save it. But in thailand the land is worth more than a small fish and some shrimp for pa-dek. So here is the info so far we will give out.
non flooding pond with flowing ground water at one end.
Lots of weed and tree and plant growth
10 to 12 foot deep undercut and no solid bottom
temp 68* to 73*
O2 was lower than my chart at 8%
solids were over my chart at 60%
The temp was low for this time of year and the fish had a lot of fry. So this fish likes colder water. We did see a few nests but not sure if spider or betta? To deep under the weeds to check up close. Today we will hit a old spot we used to get green betta from 20 years back and I will see if I can see a match. But this is a betta for sure guys. If not a betta then it is in the same family.
Betta smaragdina ?