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4 months into the "Betta uberis journey" and a good moment for a review:

First of all it seems so much longer ago since they arrived. And I adore them.

It appears that they only need a short time to get accustomed to their surroundings, sort things out territorywise - and off they go. They must have had successfully spawned within 1 month, as I spotted the first young in February and they were at least 1 month old at that time.

I started out with 5 young, unsexed individuals.

Although they obviously must have had a bubble nest with fertile eggs somewhere below the waterline, I got more success when moving my wooden tunnels up and added more floating plants.

Since then I constantly have fry and the number could be increased by using a spawning tank and removing the parents after a while.

But that‘s not what I want, as eventually you‘ll need to find people willing to take and keep them and they will not exactly line up in front of your house…

So I set up a new tank for the 2-3 months old youngsters for the time being and left all current fry with the others since they find more infusoria in an established tank. Have to start advertising those in the new tank before the next batch moves in.

I still feed live food exclusively: Microworms, Vinegar eels, BBS, Grindals and small Tubifex.
No need or courage to change this as parameters stay stable and I have no troubles with any left over food.

So here we are with what gave me some headaches before and turns out not to be so complicated finally☺.

However, there‘s still a lot to learn and I love to share experiences and observations and have a lot of questions pending…

Here is the Betta uberis II tank. There might come the day when I even manage to clean the screens…
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Very well! Thank‘s for asking.

Recently I did a head count and gave away all youngsters to experienced keepers.
I only kept some of the very young ones to grow out.

There were 14 offspring altogether.

I kept my original stock of 5 adults and after having cleaned their tank thouroughly (you never get a better chance :)), they were spawning again, maybe 2 or 3 days later.

So I will continue with 1 tank (14 gallons, half filled) and will be pulling youngsters from there to give away. That is much easier and less stress for the fishes compared to clearing 2 tanks and having to remove all plants and leaves and wood before being able to catch them.

As I‘m using worn out peat pellets as a substrate, it is really rather tricky to get them.
But still, I like to stick to that substrate.
I know, many people use leaves only. Which makes cleaning and catching easier.

The former second tank (Uberis II) is currently waiting for 5 Parosphromenus ornaticauda😁…I‘m really looking forward to keeping (and hopefully breeding) this Licorice Gourami species.

I‘m also on the look out for at least 1 pair of Betta Riau (Api Api). I might be successful midth of June...but can - or rather have to - wait until I get a healthy pair from private breeders.
 

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I‘m also on the look out for at least 1 pair of Betta Riau (Api Api). I might be successful midth of June...but can - or rather have to - wait until I get a healthy pair from private breeders.
Nothing yet, right?
 

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Thank you very much for your encouraging words, @imaal ! I really appreciate. But only time will tell if I manage to keep up a line - right now there‘s no spawning activity and I have to wrap my head around what to alter or if at all.

@betta4ever!: Nothing yet, right. Partly my fault, because I couldn’t attend the big meeting and fair of the German association of Labyrinth "people" (IGL). Someone close by brought another pair of them from the meeting, so I hope to get some offspring once he has them successfully spawning.
 

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Oh yes - lots of activity!

They are my great joy🥰.

Currently there are fry of different ages as the adults are spawning on a regular basis.

I don‘t filter the R/O water over peat outside the tank anymore, but just keep a filter with peat and sphagnum moss inside the tank and do my water changes with pure R/O.

They were getting some light brownish spots that have disappeared since.
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Adult male and one of the smallest fry (there are even smaller ones, but I haven‘t seen them the evening I took the photos).
 

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Thank you!

I plan on getting Betta foerschi in September - although I didn‘t plan on getting any mouth breeders ever… but they are from the same "waters" as the uberis and I‘m in contact with a breeder who has such beautiful youngsters…so we‘ll see.
 

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That's so cool!! Betta Foerschi are really beautiful!! They are the big version of the Coccina complex. I'm really excited for you ☺
 
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