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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:35 pm Post subject: Betta Falx. Reply with quote

 Hello  everyone,  just  managed  to  lay  my  hands  on  some  Betta  Falx  here  from  a  hobbyist,  they  are  about  2cm  in  length,  fries  you  can  say.  Home  bred  by  the  gentleman,  was  just  wondering  if  anyone  here  has  had  any  experience  in  keeping  them.  Any  tips  or  pointers  in  keeping  will  do.  They  will  be  feeding  on  Frozen  daphnia,  mysis,  cyclops,  Artemia  and  black  musquito  larvae.  To  remind  you  all  of  these  are  frozen.  Getting  a  tank  about  3ft  for  them(12nos  Betta  Falx),  is  the  size  of  the  tank  enough?  Will  be  getting  a  sponge  filter,  plants  and  moss  in  the  tank.  Any  other  thing?  Will  not  be  C02  supplemented,  just  good  soil  from  Aqua  Medic.  
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:09 am Post subject: Re: Betta Falx. Reply with quote

 Cool!  Have  kept  some  of  the  other  wild  bettas  and  I  think  this  one  must  be  pretty  similar  to  Betta  prima  in  behaviour.  In  which  case  they  will  eat  just  about  anything  and  breed  readily.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:05 pm Post subject: Re: Betta Falx. Reply with quote

 Thanks  Beta.  Will  take  your  word  for  it.  But  saw  some  really  nice  collections  of  Cichlids  with  a  small  time  shop  here.  Really  nice.  Oh  and  also  amazing  collection  of  Marines.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:36 pm Post subject: Re: Betta Falx. Reply with quote

 Good  for  you...Drool  Some  pics  would  be  much  appreciated.  Smile
 As  per  Rahul,  they  are  supposed  to  be  easy  to  keep  fish  suited  for  beginner  wild  betta  keepers.
 
 Beta:
 How  are  your  Prima  fry  doing?
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 9:29 pm Post subject: Re: Betta Falx. Reply with quote

                                                   
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 Oh  and  also  amazing  collection  of  Marines.
 
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 Yo!  Nikhil  is  all  that  bland  limey  food  ,  driving  you  to  salt?
 
   Drinking   ROFL
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 Yes  yes  have  all  fun.  Eat  nice  spicey  Indian  food  and  im  stuck  here  with  this,  so  called  chillies  that  you  can  eat  by  the  tonnes.   Chuckle  .  But  nice  setups,  will  try  and  post  some  pics  soon.  Oh  by  the  way  just  wanted  to  ask,  could  you  mail  me  some  of  the  moss  you  have?  Pleaseeeee  Crying or Very sad  
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:48 pm Post subject: Re: Betta Falx. Reply with quote

 Ok,  I  was  wondering  why  you  didn't  make  it  home.  PM  address.
 
 Are  you  seriously  thinking  of  getting  into  Marine  stuff?
 
 Try  to  get  to  a  meeting  of  the  British  Anabantids  Association,  Tony  Pinto  is  a  member  there,  get  to  meet  some  nice  people.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 8:04 pm Post subject: Re: Betta Falx. Reply with quote

 Hi  Guys,  Just  a  small  update.  Got  in  touch  with  a  gentleman  by  the  name  of  Stephen  Cumming.  He  is  a  senior  member  at  the   AAGB.  He  has  told  me  he  can  get  me  some  other  wild  bettas  too,  Betta  Macrostome  about  2"  in  size  for  Â£15.  The  rest  are  also  on  the  same  lines,  hoping  to  get  some  Betta  albimarginata  soon.  Will  keep  you  guys  updated.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 8:11 pm Post subject: Re: Betta Falx. Reply with quote

 Good  going  Nikhil.
 
 Good  Luck.  Hope  your  have  a  lot  of  fries.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 8:31 pm Post subject: Re: Betta Falx. Reply with quote

 Thanks  Madan.  Will  get  somedown  if  i  manage  to  breed  them.  The  major  problem  is  water  here.  My  water  Ph  is  7.4.  So  have  added  peat  to  soften  it.  The  water  is  Tea  colour,  dont  know  the  Ph  level  as  of  now.  But  i  hope  its  down  somewhere  in  the  6  range.  People  use  RO  water  here  but  its  kind  of  complicated  to  do  all  that  right  now  as  i  am  in  neck  deep  with  my  Thesis.   Sad  
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:57 am Post subject: Re: Betta Falx. Reply with quote

 Coool!!!!  Very Happy
 
 I  think  for  Macrostoma  breeding,  you  will  need  to  get  it  down  to  a  much  lower  pH  -  I  think  it  is  somewhere  in  the  4-5  range  and  of  course  you  have  to  find  a  way  to  keep  it  stable  there...
 
 There  was  a  good  thread  on  one  of  the  other  forums  about  breeding  the  Mac  where  one  of  the  persons  detailed  the  conditions  under  which  she  was  successful.  I  guess  she  was  using  large  drums  with  peat  to  store  the  water  for  changes.
 
 And  yet  again.  Pics  will  be  much  appreciated...  Smile
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:25 pm Post subject: Re: Betta Falx. Reply with quote

 Well  I  will  be  giving  the  Macro  a  shot  after  i  am  well  settled  here  Very Happy  ,  Planning  on  getting  my  hands  on  the  easier  ones  before  that.  These  to  be  Precise  Betta  raja,  albimarginata,  channoides,  simplex,  and  krataois.  Rest  lets  see.  I  am  attaching  a  pic,  not  the  best  of  quality  but  will  need  these  guys  to  grow  a  bit  more  before  taking  any  more  pics.  Will  keep  this  thread  updated  too.
 
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 Here  is  the  pic.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:11 pm Post subject: Re: Betta Falx. Reply with quote

 Hi  Nikhil,  did  you  get  the  fish  from  Colin?
 
 B.  falx  are  very  easy  to  keep.  Wild  caught  specimens  readily  bred  in  tap  water  in  LA  (the  water  there  has  a  pH  >8  and  is  harder  than  Chennai  water),  so  your  water  should  be  fine  for  them.
 
 I  would  hesitate  to  keep  12  in  a  3'  tank,  though.  A  reverse  trio  in  a  10  gallon  tank  worked  perfectly  for  me.  With  more  fish,  the  females  will  constantly  fight  with  each  other  and  prevent  brooding  males  from  holding  to  term.
 
 Tank  setup  is  fairly  simple,  low  light,  lots  of  cave  like  structures  (I  use  driftwood  and  PVC  pipe),  small  sponge  filter  without  too  much  current,  change  some  water  weekly.  I  could  get  mine  to  pretty  much  spawn  on  command  by  playing  around  with  their  feeding/water  change  schedules.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 7:05 pm Post subject: Re: Betta Falx. Reply with quote

 Hi  Rahul,  thanks  for  the  tips.  These  are  not  from  Colin(getting  Betta  Raja  from  him),  Got  these  from  Stephen  Cumming.  The  thing  is  these  chaps  are  really  small  now,  will  remove  them  to  Smaller  individual  tanks  when  they  get  a  little  bigger.  My  set  up  is  pretty  much  the  same  as  you  described.  Getting  some  places  to  hide  is  what  i  will  work  on  very  soon.  Have  exams  right  now  so,  after  that  mostly.
 
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