I love what you did with the tanks. The plants have given your boys exactly what they need, a place to rest and just hang instead of having to continue to swim or lay on the bottom. I do agree with you about the breeding problems that have come up in the past years of breeding. I guess this is one reason I gave up breeding to begin with. I know when I get a HM with great finnage I have them is a tank that has more resting places. and I do flaring exercises with them to strengthen them. I also increase the filter and water flow so they swim in a current and get stronger.
Again I love your tanks .
Ty so much! Yes, i try to give all of my critters the best possible care, whether they have scales or fur. I try to mimic to the best of my ability what they would have in nature while also incorporating what their own individual needs are. Even though I don't have the largest of tanks for my bettas, I tend to get ones that are more "special needs" and are more suited to the smaller tanks. Which are still heated, filtered, and heavily planted.
Good for you for recognizing what the breeding for finnage does and stopping it. I understand why people do it, the long fins are stunning, and some of the most beautiful bettas I've ever seen have been the HM rosetails. Poe's fins are beautiful, but they come at a severe cost to him. His dorsal fin is especially heavy, and it causes him to tilt over onto one side when he's up near the top of the tank. I try to have plants in there for him that are various heights for him to rest on as he gets tired. I should start having him flare more to build up strength, thanks for that suggestion!
Percy just chomps off his fins when they get too long for his liking. i wish he wouldn't, because it poses a threat of infection, but i completely get why he does it. I would too if I had those long fins. I don't think enough credit is given to that when people ask about the tail biting. I think a lot of times, it's simply because the long fins are too troublesome to them.
Thanks again for the compliments and suggestions!