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  1. Fishchick

    Perth Betta keepers

    How did this go guys? Lots of interest and enthusiasm? Cheers, J
  2. The next shipment from Thailand is due the week of 17th June. Please finalise all Aquabid/private purchases and forward a list and payment ASAP. We will continue to do private imports. However, payment for importing and local shipping must be received before the fish are shipped. A list of all fish and seller details must be received 10 days before shipment. We will no longer hold fish. As soon as they clear quarantine they will be shipped. Please ensure you are able to receive your stock. Best regards, someone
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    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
  4. Apologies for last minute notice....we will be closing early today (around 6pm) so we can attend the QAH meeting. someone is giving a talk on trimming show bettas. Details of the meeting here http://www.qah.org.au Cheers, J : )
  5. Stores in the Annerley Junction area will be participating in a street party! As part of the celebrations we will be offering 20% off all fish between 10am and 2pm. We'll also have specials tables and give aways. Come on down and join in the fun!
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    Halloween Happenings!

    Just because it's fun! We will be getting into the Halloween spirit this year (yes, all puns intended!) Stay tuned for details! : ) Cheers, someone B-)
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    Halloween Happenings!

    Remember - 20% off the living today!! Come in and have some creepy eats and score a bargain! Cheers, someone
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    Halloween Happenings!

    Celebrate the living on the day of the dead!!! We are doing the Halloween thing this year!!! On Wed 31st all living things in the store will be discounted 20%. That's right, all fish, shrimp, plants and snails 20% off regular single price. We will also have lots of "creepy eats" and fun food for you to snack on. Lucky dip of Halloween themed toys for the kids. Special Halloween treat if you say "BOO!!" when you go to pay for your purchases!! This Wed 11am-7pm. We'll also be in costume, so come on in and have a laugh! Fine Print: In store sales only. While stocks last. No raincheck, layby or holds. Retail sales only
  9. SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2012 Tired of illiterate, slanderous trolls and 12year olds dispensing advice? Then get off the internet and come and meet some real fish keepers with real experience! We are hosting another social meet and greet for plant and fish enthusiasts. Betta Australis will be holding a fund raising Sausage sizzle, so plenty of knowledgable Betta keepers to ask those vexing questions. Gather up your spare change and come and support a great club. Bargain tables of aquarium equipment. Huge discounts on some pretty spiffy tanks! For one day only - market tables of Dog, Cat and Bird accessories. Fido and Fluffy need some bling? Tweety feeling left out with all the attention paid to your finny friends? Here's the ideal opportunity to please everyone! Lucky door prize of an AL hat and shirt. ** All purchases on the day over $100 will receive an AL hat. (while stocks last, first in, swankiest dressed!) All plant purchases on the day over $50 will receive an AL keyring. (while stocks last) 10% discount store wide on all items not already discounted or on special. Bring the family - snags are on from 11am to 2pm Specials and discounts all day (10.30am - 4.30pm) Hope to see you all there! Cheers, someone Specials in store and pick up only. Retail quantities only. No layby or rainchecks. Stock on hand only. ** drawn at end of the day. Collect from the store at your convenience or winner can pay to have posted.
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    Sunday Social at Fishchicks!

    and we are away! come on down and check it out - the drinks are ICE cold! : )
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    Sunday Social at Fishchicks!

    Reminder: Social Sunday! I'm in charge of getting the Sausage Sizzle items now, so we are getting the good stuff from the local butcher!! (they've won awards n stuff for their snags!) Sunday Oct 21st BBQ 11am-2pm Specials etc 10.30am - 4.30pm All welcome : ) :cheer:
  12. Some info from Victoria http://bettysplendens.com/articles/page.imp?articleid=2985 We are going to set up one of the original stands with 2 x 2L and 4L glass tanks for the wild pairs. Small, agressive pairs like smaragdina can be housed in 2 x 2L, whereas compatible pairs like channoides can be housed in a 4L tank. Big, mouthbrooding pairs can be housed in 2 x 4L tanks. Tanks will have floating ketapang leaves and floating plants to keep the fish comfortable. Please let the Show Chair, ie me, know ASAP if you intend to enter wilds so we can arrange enough tanks. It is common in Area 6 for competitors to purchase fish for shows. The show scene in Area 6 is quite different to that of Area 1. (let's face it how many people who show horses, dogs, cats etc have actually bred that animal?) Realistically though, we really need to get a the local scene up and running. Betta clubs cannot rely on overseas competitors. The logistics of importing stock for a show is, quite frankly, horrendous. Cheers, someone
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    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: http://www.guppydesigner.com/index.php/blog/49-color-manual-disaster 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
  14. Information re showing wilds http://www.users.on.net/~someone/IBC%20Show%20Stds/ Cheers, someone
  15. Good grief - 54 classes! Do they get entries for them all?
  16. we have single pk males - copper, fancy etc. Keep an eye on the youtube channel.

    Cheers, someone

  17. Fishchick

    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
  18. ah yes, poor ole Mira - I was so upset : (
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    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)
  20. Hi All, just a quick note to let you know the store will close at 4pm today (Wed 18th April 2012). Business as per usual tomorrow. Apologies for any inconvenience. Best regards, someone
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    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. Breeding 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
  22. Fishchick

    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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    ATFG Guppies - Sneak Peak

    couple more
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    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
  25. I'm looking forward to this! Am wondering if anyone else on here can remember the first "Betta Grooming Comp" that we tried on the old Betta Forum? Would have been in early 2006. Anyone else remember the god-awful yellow CT from the "Great" Henry YIn? Cheers, someone