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  1. I was looking into the tank yesterday wondering why fry numbers had dwindled, then I saw movement in the far corner of the tank that was too large for a 2 week old betta. I looked closer and couldn't believe it - damselfly larve! I've lost an entire spawn to these critters in the past, so ripped them straight out!!!!
  2. Ooh...Jaylee...666 posts lolololol Looks like I have between 20 and 30 left. Jarrod
  3. shadoh

    Marble x Solid

    With previous spawns? I've had blue grizzle x blue marble and got a couple of solids, some marbles, a couple of grizzled, butterflies, pastels, cambodians and cellos. The grizzles, a solid, 2 marbles and the pastels were the only ones that didn't cello out. Yellow Koi pairing resulted in mainly cello fish Orange marble spawn was a wildcard and gave lots of solids and multicolours and only a few marbles and grizzles. Copper Marble spawn gave a lot of colourless fish with a metallic layer on top. My shiny cellos. Red marble spawn gave me cellos. A couple had a black spot here or there. Some started out with red colouring, but that went as they matured. Jarrod
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    More set up

    Things are looking promising this round. I'm even crossing my eyes for a good spawn or two. Jarrod
  5. Cut back a little on the quantity each feed. They are spending too much time on the bottom of the tank for my liking. Can see them swimming from the other side of the room, so must be growing Jarrod
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    More set up

    Self fulfilling prophecy? VTs are a bust, female had destroyed male #2, Koi spawn has not progressed, in fact it has gone backwards - no nest, none of the spawning type behaviour I was seeing yesterday. The dragons I called a failure yesterday. All heading back to their tanks for more conditioning and controlled introductions. All is not lost. Watch this space! Jarrod​​
  7. shadoh

    Marble x Solid

    When I first started breeding marbles, I found that although I had a lot that were stunning, I would always end up with a large percentage of colourless cellophane fish. Although I actually like the look of a clean cellophane (shhhh), they are hard to offload to someone who is looking for a colourful pet. After speaking to some Thai breeders, I learnt that you get a smaller percentage of fish that cello out if you breed marble to a solid colour. By then, I had moved on to solid coloured fish and never had a chance to try this out..........until now! I currently have a spawn of Marble x Solid Orange growing out and am attempting a "Koi" x Solid Red spawn. It will be interesting to compare to previous efforts. Has anyone else had much experience with marble spawns? What have you found? Jarrod
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    More set up

    Progress: Koi x Red - as predicted, this pair are very gentle with one another, so happy to leave them in together as long as it takes. Male has built what I can only describe as a micronest. The bubbles are half the size of regular bubbles and therefore the nest is miniscule (although he has been working on it all day and seems quite proud...lol) If the female wanders off, he will swim after her and gently nudge her back under the nest. As I type this there is a lot of shimmying, circling and nudging going on under the nest. Although gentle, the female is not displaying submissive behavior and is still flaring, displaying at the male. Red Dragons - not ready. No nest, next to no interest in one another. Red VTs - this was the pair I was expecting good things from. The female shredded the males fins so badly, I thought he was the female at first glance. His anal fin and Caudal fin have been given a crew cut. Only his flowing dorsal remains untouched. This is the second male this female has butchered. Jarrod
  9. That's right! I'm toying with the idea of keeping wilds again. This wont be until AFTER the 2 IBC Shows in September, as they would be seriously be neglected that entire month. I know I want a pair of Channoides - I dont have room for Macrostoma, so these guys are the closest thing colourwise A pair of Miniopinna (is anyone keeping these anymore?) and/or Persephone And a pair of Imbellis I'll update during my search Jarrod
  10. shadoh

    More set up

    Should the dragons fail to progress and need more conditioning, I will put the Marble male who bred last week back in with a longfinned Metallic Steel Marble DT female Jarrod
  11. shadoh

    More set up

    OK, I don't know why I am even doing this - in the past it has been the kiss of death for my spawning mojo my fishes spawning mojo... I have had another 3 pair set up since Friday. Red VTs Red Dragon HMPK x Red Dragon HM Red Koi PK x Extended Red HMPK Only one male has built a nest (started building Friday night) Red VTs - Female making the right moves, so they are in together. Have removed the other 2 girls from their chimneys for a supervised visit in the hopes some hormones start flowing and we get some nest building. Red Dragons obviously not ready. Both male and female hiding in separate corners. Will put her back in chimney and let her back out tonight for another visit. Red Koi and his female have been showing off nicely for days. This may be a male who doesn't build a nest until the need arises. Female is a serial hand holder. She will follow the male everywhere and constantly rub herself against him and try to wrap. As soon as I let her out, they went straight to the half cup and BOTH started blowing bubbles. After a few, the female decided that was enough and has since been trying to wrap the male. Male getting annoyed and pushing her away and goes back to nest building. No biting, nothing viscous, so I will leave them together and see how it goes. The last male I had her in with, a red HM, couldn't handle her clinginess, got neurotic and started chewing his own fins - (I thought it was her, then caught the buggar doing it to himself in the corner) Jarrod
  12. We hope one day you can make it up here too! Jarrod
  13. A week old today. Tank is 3/4 full First feed of BBS this morning. They attacked it hungrily!
  14. Glad you had a great time. If you are heading back to Melb for the September show, I'll see you there Jarrod
  15. Unlimited potential right there! Best of luck with the spawns! Jarrod
  16. Looks like MW for another day. BBS not hatched yet.
  17. ^^What they said Jarrod
  18. I do the rounding up age thing all the time. Can't remember the number of times I've freaked out over size then realised my fry are the PERFECT size for their true age Good luck with the spawn, the male is stunning. Hope you get more like him out of the offspring! Jarrod
  19. That's right! Brisbane Betta Breeders are finally holding a show Join our page to keep up to date with show info. I'll also post updates and details here. Jarrod
  20. Looks male to me Jarrod
  21. Congrats on the spawn! 70 is a good number to have Jarrod
  22. I've been sitting on these for a few days before starting a spawn log. Male: Female: Introduced - Friday 17th July Spawned Sunday - 19th July Hatched - 20th July Free Swimming - 22nd July Female removed Sunday 20th July Male removed Wednesday 22nd July First food - Microworms Fed 4 times a day from 22nd July Started raising water level 1.25lt a day from Thursday 23rd July Saturday 25th July set up Brine Shrimp Hatchery I thought the spawn was a failure at first, as I had around 170 fry fall dead from the nest after hatching. The male tried to replace them into the nest and they would fall lifeless back to the floor. I closed the fishroom door in disappointment with intentions of stripping the tank out and setting up a new spawn. The next day, I noticed the male fussing over a new nest... I looked closer, and saw tails!!!
  23. Are you a Betta nut living in Brisbane? Looking for something to do this coming Sunday Afternoon? Come along and hang out with us at Carindale Library!
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