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#1 SaF

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 04:59 PM

Heya everyone =)

So my first betta is finally here! He is ace, really active and is still exploring his tank loads. He is a super delta by the look of things, just shy of a halfmoon. I haven't got him to flare yet but the photo and video of him on the breeder's website show him flared. He is so tiny, I'm a little worried that his tank is too deep for him to sleep in comfortably as the distance from the bottom of the tank to the surface is quite big compared to him. Will have to wait and see how he does.

He has a pale body with turquoise marbled scales, and an orange head! Which may or may not be an injury or a change in colour, will have to wait and see. He then has butterfly turquoise/white fins with some red 'wash' bits on them, I know these are considered faults but I'm not going to show him or breed him, so I don't mind =) Does he have a cambodian type body because he is pale with coloured fins?

He has been dubbed 'McClane' because of his die hard attitude, after all the stress and hardship he's endured to get to me. Me and my boyfriend had picked a thai name for him (my boyfriend lived in northern thailand studying primates 2 years ago so knows some of the language) but that name seemed far too peaceful for him!

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#2 Mini-Dude

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 06:29 PM

nicec betta!

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 08:05 PM

I thinkh e's very lovely. :)

#4 SaF

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 02:48 PM

Thanks guys =) finally got some in focus photos of him today...

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am a little concerned about his crazy hyper behaviour (see betta disease/emergancy section) but am hoping he'll settle down soon.

When he does sleep he lies on the plant leaves near the surface, its so sweet! Have never seen a fish sleep before.

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 09:38 PM

What a beautiful marble. He looks happy already.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 07:34 PM

AWESOME hahahah Love the name

#7 SaF

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:54 AM

Thanks guys =)

I love him BUT this weekend he has tried my patentience as he bit three chunks of his tail out on his starve day >.< so I don't know whether to keep having starve days or not... will see how he does next weekend I guess. Am keeping the water uber clean and warm to help him re-grow, silly fish.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 08:50 AM

simply beautiful, hope he has a great long life and brings u joy

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 06:16 AM

Beautiful fish!
I would try to breed a multicolor with him, it could be great. Where'd you get him?

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:13 PM

thanks! He's such an ace little fish, am so glad that I have him to keep me company ^-^

I got him from this breeder in the UK http://www.bettasplendens.co.uk/

I would love to breed him, he's started blowing bubble nests (he's only 5 months old) BUT I have so much fieldwork (my parents are going to look after him when I'm away) that it wouldn't be fair to try to breed, I wouldn't have the time to properly condition or raise the fry =(

I would be interested in what people would, hypothetically, think would be good colour matches for him... he has such a mix of colours (butterfly, red wash, marble, green, cambodian?) that I have found it hard to think of a match!

some recent photos... I wanted to get him a floating shelter but there isn't anything like that for fish in the UK, but when I was in a pet store I saw those tubes that connect hamster cages and thought 'PERFECT!' He loves his tube and only builds his bubble nests in there.

Building bubblenests in his floating tube

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I spend a lot of time trying to plug up the holes in this rocky shelter but he always noses through >.<

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My pretty boy
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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:28 PM

He's such a pretty boy. There's no "right" color, unless you're looking to show (though since I don't show and haven't researched it much I'm not sure what colors are considered ideal for show standard Bettas). I would just avoid iridescent and dragons since I recently learned here that irredescent and dragon Bettas are more prone to health issues like tumors and generally shorter life spans. Personally I think I'd go with a female that had more turqoise or green than anything color wise, but that's just me.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 02:15 PM

He's beautiful! Congrats, and fingers crossed he quits that tail biting nonsense! :)




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