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Marvin131976

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About Marvin131976

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    Threadfin Rainbowfish
  • Birthday 06/16/1976

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    Yes, Bettas
  1. Hi Joan, I had this problem when I first started out - see thread here Since then I found that I have had no problems with going from VE - BBS - Grindals - Frozen Bloodworm - tiny pellets. For me the frozen bloodworm is the key step, they get used to eating non-live food, that still tastes real. Once they are taking food that isnt moving, then they seem more amenable to pellets. I haven't had to yet, but you could even try soaking the pellets a bit first so they are a bit softer and don't feel so foreign in the mouth. Good luck. I have also found that 'when' to feed them other foods is dependant on size. I move my fry onto 'next' foods as soon as they are big enough to eat it, and as you know fry size can very enormously, even between spawns. At the moment I have some 6 week old fry bigger than 12 week old fry. I thought I was doing everything the same... but go figure :(
  2. I personally don't feed MW to my fry anymore after a couple of spawns of ventralless fry (fed large amounts of MW). I use VE for the first couple of days, followed by BBS for a couple weeks, then introduce Grindals and chopped frozen bw before small pellets. Since stopping MW I have not had a single fry missing ventrals. I have also had ventralless parents produce great ventrally endowed fry If I had a vote towards missing ventrals, it would be MW related. This is not scientifically proven however. I still keep my MW culture alive though :)
  3. OMG they are some seriously awesome photos - congratulations
  4. The male is in perfect condition however both of the females are still showing battle scars. I have other females, but these are the only 2 that complement the male - I don't want to breed for the sake of breeding as I'm hoping to strengthen his colour and pattern. Im thinking of putting him into the breeding tank with a couple of other females, and a mirror, to get him used to being around other fish. He has been pretty much isolated since he showed aggression in the grow out tank. I took him to work with me because I love his colour, pattern, and spunk.
  5. Thanks guys, I missed charlie's post, some helpful info there. I haven't tried the full moon theory with this boy (moon doesn't seem to bother my others), so think I will try that and a mirror. Perhaps also letting him get used to seeing the female for longer. Is a new moon on Valentine's Day a good omen?? Think I will have to wait until start of March though for full conditioning. Cheers
  6. Hi all I have a beautiful HMPK that I want to do an F1 with, however he is very aggressive. I have tried him with 2 different females and he has been relentless in his attacks on them. Both are okay and seem to be recovering well however I am reluctant to risk the females lives without some suggestions. Attempt 1 Male acclimatised in tank (1 foot, 4 inches water, plant pot, IAL, java moss) for 2 days before female introduced in separate container. He charged the container a number of times before retreating to the corner. He built a massive bubble nest overnight. I released the female later the next day, he went on the immediate attack. She ended up hiding under the IAL with shredded fins and red marks behind head. I removed her to a recovery tank and put him back in the stables while I broke the tank down. Attempt 2 Rebuilt tank, with a couple more hiding spots, introduced female in container, then introduced the male. He immediately charged the container before again retreating to a corner and building a nest. I left them for 2 days when he was making luring approaches to the container I let her out and he immediately attacked her. I left her for about 12 hours as she found a pretty good hiding spot behind the heater that he couldn't get to. She never came out again. I have successfully used this female in a mating with another male. Does anyone have any hints or suggestions of methods that may make him more receptive to a female?
  7. I have been meaning to come down and see Robert about a female for the white and blue male I got from you, perhaps we could do a swap? I didn't think to say that you should recognise the gold (not to mention the male) in the photo.
  8. I have a nice orange HM female I got for breeding but haven't tried yet. I sent you a PM but your inbox is full. You can half see her in this page - Orange Female (3rd photo). I live about 20 minutes south of Adelaide if you're interested.
  9. More photos, and if I have my maths right this time, they are just coming up 6 weeks old. I'm really excited by all the different colours, there looks like a mixture of golds, greens, blues and red/coppers in both light and dark bodied fry. I've never had this much variety so it'll be interesting to see what they turn out like. They are now on a diet of dry pellets and grindal worms twice a day with an occasional treat of shaved bloodworms when the older fry get them.
  10. Hey Troy, was just trawling back through some older spawn posts and came across this one, how are they going?
  11. Sounds like you're going to have your hands full in the shed Robert. Can't wait to see all the tanks in action, and probably your expanded bbs hatchery haha. Cheers Dan
  12. Excellent Robert, I'll organise a time shortly to come around and have a look at the girls.
  13. You can actually see short ones in a couple of fry in the first photo of the last lot I posted (Aug 2).
  14. Swim Bladder Development - Just thought I'd share an interesting observation. After being criticised last night of having spent more time looking at my fish than at my wife, I thought it best to provide some feeble justification in the way of an interesting observation. The rate of swim bladder development in my fry varies significantly. Whilst hard to see in the dark bodied fry, the bladder is glaringly evident in the white fry, looking like a bar of sparkling gold running through the body. At a guesstimate, my fry vary between 5 and 12mm in length and are now 31 days old. The bladder appears to start behind the head, travels over and down the bump of organs (excuse my highly technical jargon), and then follows the spine until almost reaching the caudal. While all fry have some evidence of bladder development, the length varies significantly between the fry, and does not seem to be subject to the size of the fry. In comparison between 2 of the smallest fry (5mm), one has the bladder just reaching the bottom of the bump, another has the bladder nearly all the way to the caudal. There appears to be no significant difference in their swimming ability. Alternatively, in the 2 biggest white bodied fry (11-12mm), one has a bladder just exiting the lump of organs, while another has the bladder nearly all the way to the caudal, some 4mm difference in length, with again no obvious swimming difference. Just an interesting observation I thought I’d share. (
  15. Haha, thanks Nina, I can honestly blame the bbs bottle bubbling away next to the tank for these photos... not sure about my others though A camera flash is very unforgiving :D
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