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  1. Fishchick added a post in a topic Emerald Dragon HM & Mosaic Dragon HM   

    Nice photographic work, colours are great.

    I usually don't comment on some of the odd things/lies/slander/fabrications etc I see written about me, but this is so bizarre I have to say something.
    Personally, I very much doubt the bettas have been imported from Germany. It seems an odd thing to do when the world's biggest producer of bettas (Thailand) is a lot closer, and a lot cheaper.
    However, it may be that the importer in question gets some of the HM stock from the German supplier when they order in other fish. The German supplier brings in the Bettas from Thailand, so your boys have racked up more frequent flier miles than most people!
    We don't buy bettas from Germany. We purchase directly from the breeders in Thailand. Much bigger range, much better quality stock. And, we know the genetics.
    On very rare occasions we will try bettas from wholesalers. Usually we sell the HM males are Superdeltas, as they are not of the standard of the HM we bring in from Thailand. Some do make HM and are labelled as such.
    It would be interesting to see your males in full flare.
    I cannot work out why your LFS would spin you such a story.
    We bring in 99% of our own betta stock. Not sure how your LFS could get "first dibs" when we don't buy bettas from Germany.
    I think they are just talking themselves up by dropping our name!!

    Good luck with your boys, I'm sure they will have a happy home.
    Cheers, someone
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  2. Fishchick added a post in a topic Royal Adelaide Show Aquarium Competition   

    Good grief - 54 classes! Do they get entries for them all?
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  3. Fishchick added a topic in Guppies   

    Guppy Colour Manual Available
    Phillip Shaddock (world leader in guppy genetics) has just published a new book "Guppy Colour Manual"
    We have a couple of copies on the way.
    Unfortunately there was a slight mix-up with the printing.
    There are a couple of copies left, being offered at a discount.
    You can read about it and order a copy of the manual here:
    If you are keen on breeding guppies, showing, understanding colour combinations etc this is a must have.
    The humble guppy is far more than meets the eye!
    Best regards, someone
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  4. Fishchick added a post in a topic More Pictures!   

    It is pleasing to see the fish looking so nice Ken. You are doing a good job.
    The Mustard gas and Mustard dragon at the top are from the breeder Thitipong (Patsayawan) in Thailand. Nice guy and his fish are strong on form.
    You need small, young females to help with ease of spawning. We always ask for sibling females if they are available. At the very least they will be from the same strain (brother spawns etc)
    The bottom 2 pics are fish from Pichet (Interfish) The last fish was not sold as a Dumbo. However, Pichet produces many Dumbo colour strains (HMPK and HM) (and is our main supplier of Dumbo stock) so it is likely this male has some Dumbo blood in him.
    This is a full dumbo HM pair

    If you are interested in fish like this get in touch with Adrian or myself ASAP as we are about to finalise the next Thai order.

    While we do have account with AI, we prefer to import our own fancy bettas from quality Thai breeders.

    Best regards, someone
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  5. Fishchick added a post in a topic Weird fin disentergration leading to death?   

    I only skimmed through this thread, so apologies if I am repeating what has already been said.
    From my experience, and discussions with breeders and keepers, the ONLY bettas you can safely keep in a recirculating or shared system are those you breed and raise yourself.
    Consider ALL store bought/imported stock to be a pathogen's playground.
    After the fish are first jarred, they have no contact with any other stock. The immune memory for fish is about 2 weeks.
    If you stress fish, just like people, the immune system becomes depressed. The magnitude of the stress will affect the severity of the immune system compromise.
    What stresses fish?
    Changes in temp - especially cold (for tropical fish) and rapid fluctuations (like we have at the moment - 15oC overnight 30oC during the day)
    Changes in water chemistry and parameters. (water-changing without testing the water parameters and adjusting to what the fish is already in)
    Shipping (BIG one) - this includes taking a fish from the store to your house.
    Being left uncarded. That is, sat beside another Betta day and night. (for the splendens complex)
    Changes in diet.
    Being dropped, netted, caught. Removing a fish from water is one of the MOST stressful things for a fish. (think about this next time you go fishing and drag a catch onto the boat for photos) I imagine the human equivalent would be to suddenly have someone grab you and hold you under water for 5 mins while you thrash about and try not to drown.
    Predators (pay attention to what sort of tank mates you choose in a community)

    A stressed fish allows pathogens to proliferate. Whereas numbers would be held in check by a healthy fish, a stressed one will soon be overwhelmed. The pathogens are now in sufficient numbers to overwhelm even a healthy fish, so others in the same water will also succumb.
    The solution is to quarantine all new fish. Keep newcomers in isolation for a minimum of 2 weeks. After this, start doing water changes on the new fish with water from the tank it is to go into. Your "clean" fish may in fact be carrying pathogens that the new fish has no immunity to. It goes both ways.
    When introducing fish for breeding - know your source. If you obtained stock from another breeder, you may be willing to take the risk and put them together ASAP. If the stock are from your LPS - rethink your strategy.
    Sorority tanks for females are a good idea, but I personally do not recommend them. (unless of course they are your own bred fish)
    "Pecking order" creates a lot of stress and usually damage. Sure way to get sick fish.

    Gotta runs, hope this helps.
    Cheers, someone
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  6. Fishchick added a post in a topic ATFG Guppies - Sneak Peak   

    No, not released from Q until later in the week.
    May be in store the following week. Have to sort out all the pre-orders first.
    Cheers, someone
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  7. Fishchick added a post in a topic ATFG Guppies - Sneak Peak   

    couple more

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  8. Fishchick added a topic in The Fishy Showroom   

    ATFG Guppies - Sneak Peak
    Quick videos of some of the male guppies in quarantine yesterday.

    enjoy! someone

    (Wasn't quite sure where to put this on this forum, so please move/delete if not appropriate)
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  9. Fishchick added a post in a topic Is this a fancy guppy   

    I think this is a midnight blue, or metallic blue.
    You can make "fancy" guppies from any LFS stock. It comes down to having a goal in mind when breeding, and being prepared to cull heavily (even if this means just giving your non-keep stock to a store.) It will take several generations. Plenty of time to research guppy genetics!
    Work out what you want to produce. Select for the traits you like. For example: If you want to produce a guppy with a black body and red tail, look for fish showing this trait, with nice, clean demarkation between the black and red, and as vibrant colours as possible.
    Have a look at some of the show standards so you know what shape to aim for.
    In general, select for strong bodied fish with broad caudal and full tails. Look for even fins and even colour. Go for strong, healthy, active fish swimming and courting vigorously.
    HTH J
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  10. Fishchick added a post in a topic **Betta Australis Brisbane Meeting**   

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  11. Fishchick added a post in a topic Guppy Tragedy   

    most important - go back to using dechlorinated tap water.
    Rain water is too soft and acidic for guppies. They require hard, alkaline water.
    If your tap water is not pH 7 or greater use buffers and/or livebearer salts.
    Cheers, someone
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  12. Fishchick added a post in a topic Smaragdina Pair   

    I am assuming this was one I sent to you.
    She was in blue water because I send all bettas in bag buddies, which has a blue colour.
    This female was eating dry food no problems before being shipped.
    Please remember that shipping fish IS STRESSFUL for them. As you have had her for over a week and she is only now developing fungus I would look at the conditions you are keeping her in. Did you put her into soft, slight acidic water with melafix/ketapang on arrival? Have you treated the fungus?
    It is really difficult to get wild caught Betta smaragdina, especially the females - I have asked for 12 so far, and all bar one (sent to you) turned out to be males. These are all still healthy and sitting in their tanks waiting for the ever elusive female partner.
    If you can, treat her with an antibiotic.
    Regards, someone
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  13. Fishchick added a post in a topic Smaragdina Pair   

    wild caught - so of course they are picky! Give them their natural diet and try to add in commercial food as they adjust.
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  14. Fishchick added a post in a topic Macrostoma hobbyists   

    Hi Dazer, where are you located?
    Macs are super sensitive - they are NOT a beginner fish. Every time you water change, move, change the temp, water comp, pH etc they will get velvet.
    Here they are housed in almost pure rain water with enough ketapang extract to make the water a strong tea colour. Any sign of velvet treat with white spot cure immediately. It will clear in a matter of days.
    We feed live black worms and live mossie larvae. They were eating pellets at the breeders place, so you should be able to get them back onto that once they settle in.
    They spawned in the tanks here while waiting to be shipped.
    Best regards, someone
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  15. Fishchick added a post in a topic Betta compuncta help   

    try mossie larvae.
    I try to set up buckets of these for harvest when I have wild bettas in stock. It is important to harvest the larvae before they pupate as they are quick to turn into adult mossies soon after!
    It is the most natural food for bettas.
    Cheers, J
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  16. Fishchick added a post in a topic Mahachai spawning   

    wow, that was quick! good luck raising the bubs
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  17. Fishchick added a post in a topic Black betta genetics   

    I haven't seen any incidence of tumours in black bettas. It is something to watch out for in black mollies though.
    Trade names often confuse the issue.
    This pair were shipped as "Super Black" Genetically I would refer to them as "double black" mmbb Quite intense black on the female.

    Steel and blue females from Melano lines have a black checking (like a hounds tooth pattern) through the fins.
    If desired you can also cross a melano male with black copper females to produce a gold and black bi-colour. There were some stunners of these around a few years back.
    Cheers, J
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  18. Fishchick added a post in a topic Giant Betta origins   

    your male was officially measured for the competition.
    Standard length (SL) (tip of nose to START of tail = body length) was 67mm
    We "dry measure" fish in the bags before they are put into tanks. Nearly all of the water is drained from the bag and the fish gently held flat. You can also push the fish to the front of the tank with your hand or net and hold it in place while someone else measures.
    The FBAS standard requires SL of 65mm to receive 20 points
    There are very few show bettas that ever make the full points.
    IBC standards require males to be 38mm minimum for judging.
    When judging giant bettas overseas a good rule of thumb is to use a cigarette lighter. These are generally 8cm long, and easy to hold up to the tank for comparison.
    If the giant being judged is smaller than this it is not considered. An easy tool to quickly measure - I had to buy one for the last show. It is still wrapped in plastic in my judging kit!
    Bit of trivia - Hope it helped!
    Cheers, J
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  19. Fishchick added a post in a topic Flubendazole - where to get it in Australia or nearby?   

    what are you trying to treat+
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  20. Fishchick added a post in a topic Flubendazole - where to get it in Australia or nearby?   

    if you URGENTLY need it then why look to overseas suppliers?
    what are you trying to treat?
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  21. Fishchick added a topic in Aquarium societies and meetings   

    Results of TBC International Show
    Results and photos on this link.
    Scroll through the pages to find the pics.
    Some lovely eye-candy!

    Cheers, someone
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  22. Fishchick added a post in a topic Batch testing and wild bettas   

    If you are serious about helping save the hobby then start writing.
    Send a letter (fax a copy and then mail the original) to your local member, the commonwealth ombudsman, DAFF, Tony Burke, John Cobb and anyone else you think may be able to help.

    Do not rant - just state how the legislation will affect you, how it will affect your LFS (it is important to highlight the financial loss to these businesses and the community - loss of jobs (especially for young people), do they sponsor clubs, support shows, maintain tanks at schools/nursing homes?? etc).

    State how disappointed you are that the hobby groups (eg QFAS, EDAS etc) were not consulted (find out who your hobby groups are in your region)

    State your fears for the hobby eg creation of an Importing Duopoly, only large "super stores" will survive (Creating a Coles/Woolworths marketplace)

    Needless sacrifice of fish; why is industry so over-regulated and controlled? etc

    If you are stuck I can email a copy of the letter I have sent. Please tailor this to your needs though - don't just send an exact copy.

    Join the DAFF stakeholder group (IMPORTANT-you must do this before sending your response to them):
    then send your reply to:

    Contact details for the Commonwealth ombudsman:

    Contact details for Tony Burke:

    Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food Security, Fisheries and Forestry

    Sitting members State Government:

    (please add other states if you know the link)

    Sitting members Federal Government:

    Thank-you. Appreciate any help/support you can offer.

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  23. Fishchick added a post in a topic Batch testing and wild bettas   

    QFAS has arranged a combined meeting with some industry members tomorrow night.
    We will endeavour to draft a combined response from both the hobbyist and small importer's viewpoint.
    If you have actually READ the IRA Final Draft please email me with your thoughts. Any suggestions for alternative testing arrangements also appreciated.
    Particularly interested in hearing from anyone with a science background to critique the experiments and proposed tests.
    Writing does work. I received a reply from the Minister to my first letter regarding re-instating Norm Halliwell to OFMIG.
    Best regards, someone
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  24. Fishchick added a post in a topic Batch testing and wild bettas   

    Please read the following.
    ACT NOW. - call, email, write - express your horror and dismay - outline the impact on the hobby.
    How will Australia ever get a betta show circuit?
    If this legislation is passed then say goodbye to all bettas (except perhaps veiltails)


    I am informing all readers of this email, that Biosecurity Australia has just finalized their draft on all imported Iridoviruses affecting all imported ornamental finfish in the varieties of all Cichlids, all Gouramis, and all Livebearers. They have had this on the watch for almost 3.5 years and have now released the final draft report to us on 23/7/10, and have given Industry until 23/8/10 to respond to their findings.

    Their final report recommends that all Cichlids, all Gouramis, and all Livebearers as well as all Betta spp, and paradise fish species are also in the batch-testing procedures and each will have to be batch-tested post arrival in Australia for a group of so-called megalocytiviruses all on the species mentioned above, and yet, there is no test for megalocytiviruses anywhere in the world and these viruses are not on the O.I.E. register as diseases of quarantine concern. They currently use a PCR test to determine if any imported species mentioned above have any of these megalocytiviruses attached to them. There is no mention in their very lengthy report about how much each batch would cost to be tested, but the old adage “user pays” will mean that the costs will be born by all Importers, and on every batch of the above mentioned species, not to mention the lose of the species removed for testing.

    That is a big problem for all Importers and for everyone within the Aquarium Industry, BUT, that is not the major shock. The problem lies in the fact that there is a sliding scale of how many species are removed for testing from each batch of fish that is imported. If an Importer brings in 20 Discus varieties, or 20 Frontosa species (at a minimum of 12cm) then the authorities will take away and test 19 fish from each batch. If you bring in 50 of any of the fish species mentioned, they will take away 35, if 100, they will remove 45, just to name a few. THIS KIND OF IMPOST WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE BORN BY ALL SMALLER AND EVEN SOME LARGER IMPORTERS. If you want details log onto the following site, then scroll down until you see Appendix 5 where the sliding scale of batch-tested removal is shown. The site is

    If this comes into being, there will be no importsof any Cichlid varieties as the cost would be too exorbitant for any Importer, and that would presumably include the two biggest Importers. So, in its application there will probably be no imports of Discus, Frontosa, Featherfins, Tropheus, Apistogramma, Neolamprologus or any dwarf cichlids for that matter, and just about all smaller operators will close their doors due to such heavy handed approach to our Industry by Biosecurity Australia. This is not the “slim edge of the wedge” it is the “thick edge of the wedge”, and could just about ruin this Industry altogether that have been importing fish for over 100 years, and worth in excess of $450 million P.A.

    The person from Biosecurity Australia that you need to contact is Dr. Ramesh Perrera and his email address is and his telephone number is (02) 62724675 and you also need to send your responses to the Minister involved in this whole situation a Mr Tony Burke, and his email address is (now we are in election mode) in Canberra with his personnal email address being and his office in Kingsgrove telephone no is (02) 95533800 and his fax no is (02) 95543504. You will need to send off emails, and faxes, and make telephone calls to these two people to make them aware of the damages that their Department (Biosecurity Australia) will do if these measures are implemented. These two people need to be aware of the very serious concern out in “the real world”, and how this will affect all Importers to Australia, and it is your livelihood that is in question here and your voice must be given to these people in order to get Biosecurity Australia to relent and come to the discussion table with Industry people so that a more reasonable outcome can be reached.

    Dr. Perrera in discussions with him admitted that this would be devastating for the Aquarium Industry, but that he had a job to do and was going to follow through on the implementation of these batch-testing procedures, even though it may close the doors of a number of Importers “by the stroke of a pen”. He did state that these same principles were recently applied to the Prawn Industry, where they were going to ban the imports of all Prawns and Prawn Products for human consumption, but mainly for Bait, as it was the Bait prawns that go directly into the Wild that could cause outbreaks of IHHNV, White Spot and Yellow Head diseases in the Australian environment, and it could these diseases in the fledgling Prawn Industry in Australia, until the Prawn Importers sent specimens from a locally produced farm to an overseas scientific laboratory to test them for IHHNV, and the other diseases mentioned, and it was soon found that these diseases were already within Australian waterways, and farms.

    The result was that once this information was supplied to Biosecurity Australia they soon backed off and did not go ahead with banning the import of Prawns and Prawn Products for both bait use and human consumption. The same will probably need to be done here in Australia, only there are a lot more species in our Industry that needs to be tested and quickly (with the operative word being quickly). Currently, at my latest update, is that PIAA our supposed Peak Industry Organisation, has applied for a lengthening of the time to respond cuurently listed as 23/8/10, in order to give the Industry more time to respond to this final draft report.

    Be aware that this will not stop here, as I predict that Goldfish, Tetras and others like Sharks, Barbs and Catfish may be next in line, if Biosecurity Australia is not stopped here, and if this happens we will all be out of work.

    IT IS NOW UP TO ALL OF YOU TO BEGIN SENDING YOUR EMAILS,FAXES, AND TELEPHONE CALLS to the two people mentioned above, regards Norm Halliwell.
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  25. Fishchick added a post in a topic New Fish Arrived!   

    most of the bettas are around 4-5 months when they arrive - so still quite young. They tend to reach full body and fin size around 8 months. Some strains are stockier than others.
    Good to hear they arrived ok. Make sure to flare the male every day to keep his tail in good form.
    Cheers, someone
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