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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-12-2015, 12:11 AM
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Holy carps, that's a lot.

That can't be healthy. I've heard of small amounts of Ammonia being in municipal water supplies, but Nitrites that high? Ugh.

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post #22 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-12-2015, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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I know right? I had to test it 3 time to make sure because I couldnt believe it! The only safe thing to drink around here is the wine. I hope the council is able to so something about it. I never thought Id say it but the poor things are safer without waterchanges in my house lol. Ive just gone to the supermarket and bought 3 massive jugs of springwater which has safe params to clean them up a bit but its a bad long term plan.
Any ideas on how to filter nitrite out of tap water?
Im going to start collecting rainwater since it rains here almost every day

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Heres the lone survivor of the nitrite spawn
Hes nothing special but still cute, really wished I could have seen what his siblings looked liked but oh well



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So sorry about the fry!

The survivor looks very beautiful!

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Were you in QLD when you had the issues with the water? I have read some QLDers having issues with the quality of their tap water, and losing stock.

Your survivor is nicely coloured. You always seem to breed fish I would want in my tanks.


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Yeah good old qld, I wonder what they are doing to our water to mess it up so bad.

Haha thanks hes just a fat angry little man though. Im going to put him in a little show in a few weeks, theres a special class for babies lol hes not going to very well since his form is wack and stunty but it will be a fun time

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Yeah I've read a few grim tales about people in QLD losing whole tanks of stock after water changes. Most seem to double or triple dose Prime when they do water changes. I'm always thankful Melbourne water stays fairly stable.

Haha good luck with him at the show. Who knows, he may improve with age. If not at least is sounds like he has a lot of attitude.


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Aw that sucks! I think qld just hates fishkepers, they keep poisoning our water so we cant expand our territory. Kinda miss christchurch where we didnt even need to add dechlorinator to our tap water... but its a trade off...better fish in oz, or better water in nz...

At the show I kinda want to buy some wilds, bit keen on mahachai and smaragdina, ahh but persephone is beautiful too and all of them. I managed to get work off for the weekend of the show ...(somehow Ive become a sub steward...) .. so Im counting it as a bit of a shopping spree!

What species would you recommend for a newb wilder?

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I personally would not recommend the persephone for a first time wild betta keeper, and this is coming from someone who went and purchased fish from this complex as their first ever wilds. Even in the coccina complex they tend to be a bit more difficult to breed, and I know some hobbyists have different views, but IMO they need a very low hardness/pH to thrive.

Anything from the splendens complex seem to be very easy to keep and breed. I had a pair of Betta stiktos in a 20 litre tank and they spawned regularly without any real effort on my part. Being bubblenesters, this complex is one of the more aggressive ones. So be aware, some breeding pairs can live together full-time without issue, whereas, some may need to be kept separate unless being used for breeding. It all depends on the individual.

Otherwise, any of the mouthbrooding complexes are good, particularly the smaller mouthbrooding species. I always recommend the albimarginata complex because they breed like guppies, have endearing characters, and are not fussy about water conditions/tank set-up. However, if you have softer water and a larger tank, the foerschi complex contains some stunning species. The unimaculata complex is another good one if you want to work with large fish. I probably wouldn't recommend going out and purchasing a pair of Betta macrostoma right off the bat (expensive fish to lose), but the other species are very personable and generally easy breeders.

I personally prefer to work with wild-caught fish as my foundation breeding pair, as I have found the quality lacking in some species (particularly splendens complex where it seems like a lot of hybrids get passed around as pure). I will not sell a fish unless it is healthy and in top condition, but I have seen some wilds that looked pretty haggard getting passed around.


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