Platinum Orange Dragon HM X Platinum Orange Black HM

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We recently got a shipment of new fish from various breeders in Thailand. The fish survived the flight over, getting delayed in the floods and then getting to Sydney, so I thought these kids deserve a bit of fun!

This spawn is taking place in a 30cm cube (28ish litres) half filled.
27 degrees
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Lots of Java Fern & Java Moss & this other plant that I've forgotten the name of already, but is Frog something.
Ph is a little high here but nobody seems to mind 7.2

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Father (whose name is L'Orange) was placed in the spawning tank on Saturday, Sunday morning mother (named Mrs Spensive) was introduced in a chimney. By Sunday evening he had built a huge nest under a floating Java Fern leaf (ignoring the polystyrene cup entirely) and we let her out of the chimney because there was a storm approaching. Nothing much happened here, a bit of chasey, she inspected the nest occasionally but that was it.

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The next morning, it was all a bit flirty, and the embracing started quite early. She was a dutiful girlfriend and assisted L'Orange to put all the eggs in the nest. I think there's a lot of them.

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By Tuesday night there were a few tails. This morning there are lots of tails. I couldn't get a good photo due to all the floating plants but here's one where you can kind of make out tails in amongst everything.

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Lol that's four spawns now. You really are crazy. Nice looking fish though. You really are producing some great looking fish. You will be able to supply most of Oz if batch testing comes in.

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Awesome stuff! Beautiful fish too.
I think this officially makes you sydney's (and perhaps australia's) most prolific betta breeder! 4 sizable spawns running concurrently! Well done, and, good luck finding enough jars! Lol

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Yeah, we're gluttons for punishment. But whats life without a bit of crazy. With the barracks I built, & 2 aqua one barracks we were generously given we have quite a lot of jar action going on, but because they're in barracks, water changes are much simpler than if everything was completely independent. And we have a divided girls tank for the girls to move in to. And once I get rid of my piano I'm thinking of building another barracks.

There's also 7 weeks between this spawn and it's closest rival (& about 12 from it's furthest), by the time this lot are needing to be jarred I think we'll have sold or given away most of the older ones.

And these ones are too pretty to not be breeding!

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Wow, another beautiful spawn you have there :) You are the closest thing we have over here to the Thai fish farms! Where is the spawn log for the marbles?...... lol!

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Hey, just a thought but have you considered moving to Brisbane? Lots of occasional river front properties on the market cheap. ( too early for flood jokes?). Lol

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Lol @ Busman!

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Hahaha... as the two brisbanites are either making the joke or laughing at it (and I love a poor taste joke) I don't think anyone is going to complain around here.

The marbles are coming... It's probably a bit soon to start another spawn, but my partner put them together the other night (and I'm not about to stop that) but the male is a bit aggressive, so I don't think it's going to be an easy spawn. In the meantime... here is the male (http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/closed.cgi?view_closed_item&fwbettashm1293448533) at least he used to look like that. These days he has more black and less red. The female is similar but has patches of blue irrid. I'll keep you posted on if anything happens there.

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He is a very impressive marble! Shame he's lost a lot of the red (which looks more orange in the photo...) I can't wait to see the outcome if all goes well :)

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Ok put me down for some of these fry too, if the parents are anything to go by!!

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They are beautiful!

[quote]Hey, just a thought but have you considered moving to Brisbane?[/quote]
NO!!! You can't have him... he supplies Sydney now. :)

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That's OK Sarah, WE HAVE JODI LEA!!! *lol*

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Hey.. don't rub it in. :(

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Bugger Brisbane :giggle: need to move to Tassie! TasV and I will happily babysit some for you :drool: beautiful, :drool: beautiful :drool: fish, congratulations. Have to get a cloth for the keyboard, excuse me please, Jo

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Now now kids... there'll be plenty of fish for everyone. Seriously... there are PLENTY! I don't think I can ship interstate at the moment (will work on it once I have a few more adult fish to think about), but you're all more than welcome to come visit if you love a fishy enough.

Everyone is free swimming today, and I gave them their first feed of vinegar eels this morning. The father is still in with them at the moment and diligently trying to keep them in one place, but there are sooo many he'll have his work cut out for him.

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Just over a week old and a quick update...

Father is still with fry, no deliberate reason,he hasn't started eating them, so haven't bothered removing him. Obviously left the light on a bit too long a few days, the tank has a green water algae bloom. It doesn't seem to be causing any harm, but have decided to leave the light off altogether for a few days. Does anyone think the algae will be an issue?

All appears well otherwise, happily eating micro worms & vinegar eels.

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Father was removed today, I spotted him this morning chasing some of the fry around. I'm not sure if he was eating them or just playing tag, but it seems about time to move him after a week with the free swimming fry. So he's on his own now and the fry are left in their green watered haven. I have no idea how many are in there, but when I disturbed the water dozens and dozens of them appeared on the surface.

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Father of this spawn actually got put back into the spawn tank the day after I removed him. Somehow I managed to scoop up about 15 babies with him when transferring him to his home. After 24 hours of watching him not hurt those babies, I decided it was easier to just put the whole lot back into the spawn tank.

About three days ago I took him back out, with none of his children in tow, and he's happily getting used to life as a single fella with no kids to worry about.

The fry are starting to grow, and are very very white coloured. The water in this tank is still green, even though it's been kept practically in the dark, it doesn't seem to be affecting the fry, who are in there in the hundreds. Last night they'd all come to the front of the tank, and there were squillions of them.

My camera battery was dead, but I grabbed a couple of (less than brilliant shots today).

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Great work Adam!

Have you started building another barracks yet?

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Haha... not yet. But we're working on creating room for another one. Of course, that just gives me an excuse to breed more fish. I'll have to give up my day job if I don't slow down!!

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... and we now have Betta farms in Australia.

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Hahaha... that might be a little bit premature, but you never know...

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5 1/2 weeks old. These guys are growing nicely... not as fast as Busmans seem to grow, but they're doing pretty well. The green water has cleared up now and the water is clear again.

There are hundreds in this tank. Moved on to Grindal worms now, and off the microworms, still get baby brine shrimp when I have some. I also noticed some ventrals for the first time today.

The colouring on these is remarkably white and shiny, which I guess is to be expected considering the parents, but it's interesting to see. Some of them are a little darker and have red in their tails, so it will be interesting to see what colour variations we get from this spawn.



One little guy out on his own.
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The hordes after a feed of grindals
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They have grown!!! You aren't wrong about how many are in there... Are you sure you don't live at Sydney Aquarium? I don't know how you fit all your fish in :)

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Wow! Hundreds huh...and in addition to your other dawns... Sheesh! So how many billions of grindals are you producing to keep the little blighters so fat bellied?? And have you planned to knock own a wall or two to make room for the jars?

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