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  1. Have lost about 50 fry to something, maybe bacterial? Had some time over the weekend to move the batch from the breeder tank to larger quarters, and took the opportunity to sort out the belly sliders whlie I was netting them anyway. Counted a couple dozen sliders. Still have 160-170 fry at about 9mm, but suspect will lose a few more before they settle down for grow out. Including the few dozen free swimmers that didn't make the transition to feeding, the total from this black spawn turns out to be at the low end of inital estimate ~270-290. This black spawn is proving to be much more touchy than the reds. Lines are 8mm, copied from page in book. Ave. of spawn look 8-9mm
  2. Fatbetta

    Red HMPK

    I'm not sure how they're related; no doubt that they are since the pair were purchased from the same breeder, but simple size and age difference between male and female makes me pretty certain they are from different spawns. Culled another 35 (small, thin or poor feeders), so I'm left with about 160-170 x 15-20mm fry to choose, some of them are short body types. Not sure what to do with those. Won't keep them for breeding, but they're perfectly healthy, swim and eat just fine. Form wise, I'd be selecting for square, thick, deep bodies, perhaps a little longer than the breeder male; single point ventrals, smooth topline and minimal irridescence. HM caudals being (supposedly) a combination of both dominant and recessive genes, would be a secondary consideration. Took a few more pics tonight. Again, fry haven't grown much in length, but are bulking out nicely. Pretty happy with some of the larger ones- not too shabby for 5 weeks old.
  3. Fry have not grown much since last post. This black spawn seems to be growing slower and the fry don't hunt and eat as aggressively as the red spawn. Pic was taken this evening, most look about 7-8mm.
  4. Fry were really slow to start feeding. Lots of them just sat around looking at all the MW and BBS, or swam right by; they finally started to eat this afternoon. Woo Hoo.
  5. Fatbetta

    Red HMPK

    Yeah, it's all BBS; and I do try to avoid mixing drink with fishkeeping duties, haha. Colour gain is painfully slow. Took a few more piccies tonight, largest dozen ~20mm, average ~15-16mm? Noticed quite a few have really wide caudals already, maybe 160 or 170 degrees, but hard to capture on camera. There's one fish in there that seems to disappear EVERY time I put a net in the water- see him? Just above the 20cm mark on ruler. Photo of one of the largest and smallest Caudal still a little folded in this photo, but looks damn near 180 when swimming around, or maybe it's just my imagination
  6. Had a spare afternoon this week to set up this pair. Super black male has a nice 180HM tail but his corners could be sharper, and I'm guessing 4 ray branching. Anal fin is a little long for my liking and topline could be smoother. I love the rich dark colour, only a little steel iridescence in the caudal, long single point ventrals and forward directed dorsal. Black copper HM female needs improvement to her flat topline and split ventrals. The anal fin is fairly even and 8 ray caudal is close to 180 when flaring. Dorsal could be broader, but looks even worse in the photo all folded up. She was sold as a dragon, and looks to be marble as well. I think the pair nicely complement each others weaknesses. I'm expecting black based fish with large amounts of metalic steel to varying degrees. If the male is carrying metalic, there should be black coppers in the mix. Pair finally wrapped on morning of 20/4/15. Fry went free swimming this evening, and male was removed. He looked fatter than when he went in, and I suspect him of chewing on eggs and fry. There looked to be heaps of eggs on the first day, but now down to about 300-400 free swimmers. Obviously female is fertile.
  7. Fatbetta

    Red HMPK

    Fish bulking up nicely, but not much gain in length. Largest around ~18mm, most still around ~12-14mm. They haven't coloured up much yet, but a few are getting more colour on anal fin. Culled another 25 before giving up and had a beer. 23/4/15
  8. Fatbetta

    Red HMPK

    Unfortunately for this batch, I had to go away for 4 days, and they only got 1 feed of BBS until I got back. They looked a bit skinny on my return; hungry enough to chew on some ground up pellets before I could hatch out more shrimp. Decided they were big enough to cull down batch by 1/3rd. Painstakingly inspected and sorted the keepers from those that swam funny, bellysliders, had skeletal deformities or seemed small and slow growing. Ended up keeping ~230 and had ~130 leftover. Largest 14-15mm, but most look ~10-12mm. Photos taken 19/04/15. Fish in blue tub are the culls. A bit sad they need to be euthanized, but happy that there'll be more food and space for the keepers to grow better. *Update 21/04/15: above sizing revised downwards; also lost 4 fry out of ~230 after netting them for cull.
  9. Fatbetta

    Red HMPK

    This pair bred 27/03/15. Photos borrowed from breeder. Male is huge, about 3x's the size of the female. Eggs all over the floor next morning. I stole 300 but left another 350 to hatch the following day. Male removed when fry were free swimming and fed BBS and MW. 13 days post first feed. Only a few had swim bladder problems. Most look about 8-9mm, largest about 10mm. 15 days post first feed. Fry are more shrimp than betta. Most look about ~10mm. Found a few with bite marks and tears to caudals; seems like they're fighting already.
  10. Hello betta lovers. Revisiting bettas after a long break. I'm mostly interested in solid colour HMPKs. Only have reds, non & metalic irridescents, and black copper. Cheers.
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