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Emmaline last won the day on September 16 2014

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    Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
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  • Currently Breeding
  1. Those blues are really lovely!!
  2. Another pic of boy, from breeder, shows fins better...
  3. Ok awesome peoples, I'm a total newbie to fish breeding (the pond fish do their own thing without any assistence from me!). I have a gazillion questions I'd love help with before I start including whether my foundation stock are good enough. My aim is for black platinum hm dragons. I'd like to show the progeny and come home with a truck load of trophies (lmao, whishful thinking!). I have 1 black dragon hm male (with some red wash in his fins) and three female black dragons. If I'm going to breed I want to contribute to improving the gene pool in Australia - rather than jut put any old fish together. Pics of my male and preferred female below. Here's my initial questions To me she seems to have some dragon colouring starting to come over her eyes. I understand this can lead to blindness, Should I avoid using her because of this or just be selective in the progeny I choose to keep? The other females don't have this but their fins don't look as 'balanced' as hers. I haven't had them long enough to show them. Are they likely to produce show worthy progeny? What are their biggest faults? She has the most balanced fins out of the three (and the deepest dragon colouring). The other two have longer anal fins, much longer than their caudal fins which to me makes them look unbalanced - am I right to avoid using them because of this? Girl 2 for comparison..
  4. Dan_97 that would be terrific! Do I need to bring anything to take them home with me or will they be self contained? Thank you!
  5. I need to drop OH off at tullamarine around 8am..so have plenty of time to drop by. Will you bring me a culture of your vinegar eels please Bettarazzi.
  6. Oh..that sounds awesome. I've got to take my other half to the airport that day - hopefully the timing works so I can pop in. My dragons have arrived, will create another thread for pics.
  7. Am on the Mornington Peninsula, Vic. Where are you Bettarazzi?
  8. Anyone have vinegar eel and microworm cultures they can sell? I've trawled gumtree and other sites without any luck. My willpower finally crumbled and I now have five betta on their way from Thailand. One black dragon male, three black dragon females and a red female - all halfmoon's. Beside myself with anticipation Dead keen to breed them in a few months and want to make sure I have the right baby food on hand
  9. Got the IAL, thanks JayM!
  10. I found the tetracycline at a local store . Just looking for the IAL now, thanks for the tips JayM. I understood the labyrinth damage by the 'fixes' to be a myth . Bettarazzi - I think I just missed a meeting? If I'd known about it I def would have come along!
  11. So next newbie question - what's the best way to source a quality breeding pair? Aquabid? There's a male & female blue butterfly there now so guess they crop up regularly. I'd prefer to source locally to support breeders here if possible but I haven't come across anything comparable to aquabid in Aust. How do I find them? Not in a hurry - just doing my homework
  12. Your suggestion of blue sent me researching to figure out why blue first. If I've understood what I'm reading correctly then butterfly is easier to achieve than black (melano). So I think that means work on achieving butterfly first and then introduce black and try and perfect that. I got the impression that blue is easier to perfect than the other colours. I think I also picked up that breeding butterfly to butterfly should result in more offsping that are butterfly and butterfly to solid should also result in some butterfly. So start with male & female blue butterfly or a blue butterfly and a solid blue. Get the pattern as fixed as possible then bring in black. Which I think is exactly your reccomendation This is what I'd be trying to achieve: http://jennykiwiii.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/about-betta-fish.html
  13. I find black and white (not cellophane) butterfly betta particularly appealing. If I were to breed, this is the direction I'd like to take. What would be the best way to establish a program to achieve this? Male and female foundation stock both with the black/white butterfly pattern? I suspect this colour pattern and with good finnage would be hard to find. Perhaps it would be better to select for good finnage first and work from marble fish which are predominatly black and white to develop the pattern over generations?
  14. I have been pulling together my betta medicine chest but am having some difficulty sourcing some widely recommended treatments such as Indian Almond Leaves and tetracycline. So far I have: Melafix Pimafix Tri Sulfa Aquarium salts Multi cure - malachite green, methylene blue & acriflavine Fungus cure - malachite green & acriflavine Is there anything else I should add? I'd love to hear where I can source tetracycline and Indian Almond Leaves!
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