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About miha1967

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    Archer Fish
  • Birthday 11/07/1969

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  • Currently Breeding
    Yes, Bettas
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    My newest interest is growing tropical fish and it seems like I don't have time for anything else! But other interests are diving and underwater life, plants and animals, nature walks, fashion design, poetry writing, arts and crafts and I think that's it! Oh, I forgot literature!
  1. Happy Birthday! :)

  2. Sure, please come! You can have Dusty and when I come back I might buy some fry from you!
  3. Yes, thanks he is my favourite. I was thinking of keeping him.
  4. I have another one - kind of pink but no ventrals. Ah! and this one Silver Dart- he didn't want to flare; his tail is quite short but 'm pretty sure it's still growing - into a delta tail not half moon. So these are my fish with some dragon? scales. From my experience the scales will get thicker with age so maybe they are dragons!
  5. Jess, I'm not sure they are really dragons but they do have thick scales. This is Dusty This is Bob (Marley)- his tail is a bit disappointing (round)
  6. The reds are cambodian type. They have no black layer. I've been trying to get yellow/orange fry from that male for a long time (without a yellow or orange female)by crossing him with white females. All I would get was cambodians or whites with red washes (red was from the female I guess) until I got one single yellow female among the cambodians. I crossed the father with the yellow daughter and I've got lots of yellow (more or less intens) females and just a few yellow males. Now because you raised the genetics, I'm confused! I admit that I mixed the spawns because I had a few at the same time and I didn't log any information. It was the only time when I had 5 pairs spawning at the same time (to excited to see the results. That was a mistake I will not repeat. That was mid March and the yellow female and the orange male spawn was at the end of April. some of them grew very fast and I mixed them with the smaller older ones which were not red at that time (the yellow ones were not yellow either) They were all light bodies, a few with red washes and most of them just flesh colour. I'm not sure which ones had red washes. I suppose you are right and they are from different spawns. Why I thought they are from the same spawn (without thinking of genetics and I know you are right) was because most of the red have thick scales (from the dragon grand-mother I thought) and one yellow/orange male has thick scales too. I will have to figure out who the parents of the reds were! I'll let you know!
  7. Hi all, Just to show you some fish from my previous spawns: Father: orange half moon (Oscar) Mother: yellow (Bee)- one of the orange male's daughters from a previous spawn with a white dragon female (PK?)from Jody-Lea. Oscar II Red Jewel Pink Panther Pagliacci and some more to come. I will go away to Romania in December and January and I need to sell most of them so if interested please make me an offer.
  8. I have my second last batch without ventrals, two spawns at the same time. Never happened before. I'm sure I didn't have much time to look after them and I had high mortality around 1 month old too, I'm not sure if it was feeding mainly MW or not enough water change.(I'm sure I fed frozen BBS too and I could see it in their stomachs, so they were eating it). I know at some stage I realize I will lose them all if I don't take measures because I would find dead fish every day. They didn't have a filter and I was doing 50% water changes every week but when I checked the amonia it was high. Feeding frozen BBS, I guess a lot of them were not getting eaten. Changing just 50% water once a week and not removing the uneaten food everyday made amonia rise. I never had amonia in a fry tank before. I moved the fry in a new tank with a sponge filter and stopped feeding frozen BBS and no other fry died since but they miss ventrals. So I think the cause of missing ventrals might have been amonia too.
  9. Hi Oliver and welcome. Sorry about your fish. Because you mentioned, can you please give some details on what the symptoms of that disease were and what tests did you do and waiting confirmation for? Might be helpful for us all. Thanks!
  10. me too! love that fish! But are you sure he is a royal blue? I wouldn't say so from that picture. He is more black wich is cooler then royal blue! I wish I had a black boy! But I like the plakat too! and all the other ones! Cool colection! I just bought a nice camera for my daughter with the condition that she takes pictures with my fish! I will try to make her do it soon and post my fish too!
  11. What a shame! Unfortunately they do that a lot! And I think that's pretty much you can do now and wait and hope that he will be alright. They usually recover well if they don't get infections. I have my jars in the garage and I keep them covered in general but I forgot to cover them once or twice (or more times) and there is something hunting my fish. My daughter saw a juvenile butcher bird who I think is responsible. I lost one or two jarred males, disappearing without a trace. But I have this male(then juvenile) who lost his tail completely, but he escaped. I didn't think he will recover but he is now about 8 months old and going well. The tail never recovered to the initial shape though! I hope your fish will be Ok
  12. Yeah, a good dad would move the eggs and make himself busy continuously until the fry hatch, when he starts moving the fry around! Congratulation, I'm sure there are more fry then you realise now, just wait until they are free swimming and when the dad would not be able to keep them in the nest anymore. Well done to you and to the mum and dad!
  13. miha1967

    2nd Spawn

    Congrats for the new babies. The dad should stay until the fry are free swimming. Or longer if you want. My last spawns I left the dad in for a month or longer, being amazed how he looks after them, moving from a feeding place to another, teaching them to hunt MW, but then I realized the difference in numbers: I had spawn when more that 200 fry survived and became adults and the one with the dad in for longer, I had 20-30 survivors. So it's your choice! My bettas don't usually spawn in the night, but early morning. I think they would need to have some rest and that's why I turn the light off at night. And they never spawned in the night, not even on full moon (and where I have them I have big windows with no blinds). Anyway they spawn when they are ready. Good luck! I can't wait to see pictures with the bubs! However I suggest you don't stress them too much because the male might eat the fry if he feels threatened.
  14. I use white vinegar straight form the bottle, apply on the entire surface, leave it to dry in the sun and then rinse very well. I think the residue from the bleach is more harmful than the one from the vinegar. I also don't think one spoon of bleach and one spoon of vinegar in a bucket of water would be enough to kill all bacteria. As far as I know most bacteria that can live and multiply in the water would be killed by drying the tank in the sun. When the fish tank is in use and maintenance is less than perfect, the source of infection is most likely other than from the initial bacterial population on the dry tank. I think a good clean is better than a perfect sterilisation with harsh chemichals. Good lack!
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