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  1. You've gotta give the fish the main part of the house and move yourself into the shed. Then there's a lot more room for tanks. Of wild betta. I have objectively too many fish.
  2. Need to make some room in my betta tanks now that the juveniles are maturing. Betta Smaragdina, Mahachai and Imbellis (all splendens complex) available at various ages. Taking expressions of interest, individuals, pairs, or groups available anywhere from unsexed juveniles to breeding maturity. Prices will be entirely reasonable, but will only sell to buyers with established set ups. Full disclosure for keeping these fish alive: I've found these guys to be pretty tolerant of conditions, but they do prefer heavy tannins in water, extremely well planted, and dimly lit set ups. If you have full plant lights on, these guys tend to hide and if you don't have hiding spaces, they get really stressed. In terms of sociability, they're okay kept in breeding pairs, provided that you have lots of hides and broken lines of sight. But depends on individual levels of aggression. I have found them to do best in species only tanks; other fish tend to spook them and you don't see them often. I have found them to coexist with shrimp pretty peacefully. They'll definitely go after the shrimpets, but they leave the adults alone provided that they're already established in the tank when you introduce the betta. They're exceptional jumpers, so you need a lid. And ideally a glass one because they can dislodge acrylic. I feed frozen foods, such as brine shrimp, and hikari betta and/or Attison betta pro pellets. They need an animal protein rich diet, and will not cope with the soy and wheat ingredients in most tropical food. Pick up only. Greenslopes. eta: Pics are mahachai, imbellis, and smaragdina. They're usually a bit more colourful in lower light.
  3. I see this (though not the set up, obviously) at least weekly. Does this not happen with everyone's bettas? I keep wilds (mainly in the splendens complex, though) and they're amazing jumpers; really strong bodies. They can also clear 10+cm pretty easily. One has actually jumped through the tank lid; that is, his body was muscular enough to dislodge the acrylic cover. Now I use cling film. eta: that is a really cool paludarium-type set up, though.
  4. A guy did a version of a dirted tank with sweet potato as a filter. the whole project is up on youtube (if link doesn't work, search Foo the Flowerhorn sweet potato). From memory, it was pretty effective and the roots were amazing (he had wild betta so heavy root system was great coverage), but the sweet potato disintegrated after a while. So possibly worth replacing the potato (but then you might have swings while you wait for new roots to establish) from time to time? Or having a few in at varying times to be able to rotate through the mushy ones? Keen to hear how it goes.
  5. Mahachai, imbellis, and stiktos. And if the isolation continues, I suspect I'll venture into mouthbrooders. Breeding but only unintentionally. What do you keep?
  6. Hello all, Into fish, specifically wild bettas, but I have endlers, corys, and some shrimp. Also carnivorous plants, if anyone has utrics or waterwheel/aldrovanda. Two months into self imposed isolation and I am losing my mind. Thank God I have these fish to distract and amuse me, and also to dress up and reenact episodes of Prime Suspect. Otherwise I think my sanity would have completely unravelled.
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