Posted 07 March 2012 - 02:24 AM
What we have in the display tank looks, to me, strange -- we have several small, colorful pugnax; they show a lot of that beautiful green color with flowy ventrals and their cute lil faces... but we have a couple that are a good inch or so longer, don't show much if any green, and have two black spots on their chins -- kind of like the pi marking, but without the upper curve. They sport lengthwise body striping and they are just SO MUCH BIGGER. They may just be full grown females, perhaps? Anyways, I don't really know, I doubt it's anything.
Any advice = appreciated, may be able to get additional crappy pictures tomorrow, but for now, this is the 'official' pugnax picture...
Posted 07 March 2012 - 02:39 AM
Posted 07 March 2012 - 08:53 AM
On another note, please tell Anthony that the 6 B. coccina and single B. albimarginata I received from the WetSpot have all been great, healthy, and are spawning on a regular basis now.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:27 AM
Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:30 PM
If you all get any B. brownorum in, please let me know.
Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:12 AM
Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:25 PM
Okay. I totally know what you're talking about. I've also read, somewhere, that the females are more aggressive than the males! I shall explain my experiences.
We've had the same group of pugs at the store for some time; we had them in a small tank (~20 gal) and later moved them to a 40 gal with even more pugs and the mystery bettas -- the two that looked like that last picture. In the small tank, one of the males was holding at some point -- the female was defending the space he'd chosen for himself in a clay pot. She'd glare at the other three pugs and just hang out near the opening of the cave. In the large tank, the three males would decide at the same time to have a flaring competition and do a little chasing and fin nipping. That was the entirety of aggression they have featured since they arrived in our care. So yes, they are relatively peaceful and incredibly laid back. They often hang out at the front of the tank and watch the customers -- they aren't afraid of people and aren't afraid of -large numbers- of people with their face pressed up against the glass. This makes them totally awesome.
I very much agree with the general feasibility a group setting. I would probably go for a 50/50 mix, even though I've heard more-females-to-males. I'd follow the IBC SMP's suggestions for tank size and go for a long tank option if available/feasible (ie a 33 long instead of a standard 30 gal). Provide enough 'homes' for all the pairs and then a couple spare and plenty of plants, and I think they'll be super happy. I also very much agree with the SMP's listing of Betta pugnax (tho ours are probably raja, I think this holds still true) being suitable for community settings -- they are incredibly gentle in their aquarium at our store and never bother the other inhabitants.
As for getting some from us, we have several large B. pugnax complex members (as I said, probably raja) and a new shipment of itty bitty babies. We don't yet know the likely candidate species for these guys, but they're super cute. I brought home the two mystery bettas, the second picture on the auctions -- the actual females look like smaller, browner versions of the males -- not as boring as the mystery bettas. They're darlings, though very shy, especially compared to the pugs. Anyways, enough rambling -- my point is, you may want to contact Anthony in person if you want to be able to choose the large or small pugnax. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-719-7003. Also note that to make the minimum purchase with only betta pugnax, you'll have to buy four or more. They're so cute though, they're totally worth a swarm.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 04:40 AM
Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:06 AM
Agh! lost another post! What the hey is up with that?
The big stock we have right now is probably in the 3.5-4" range, with the females on the smaller side and males on the larger. I wouldn't be surprised if they reached 4.5". They're beautiful big fishies. The little ones we have are only around 2-2.5 inches right now and so very very cute, and a bit more shy. They're new and young though, so I'm not too surprised. Given the quantity of small guys we have right now, I don't think we'll be running out any time soon!
Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:22 AM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 02:58 PM
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