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  1. Pandora

    Betta has bubble like something behind his stomach

    Hi, The thing you have circled in the picture is the swim bladder. I've noticed with my bettas it definitely seems more noticeable in some fish than others, no clue why as most of the fish with really prominent ones are perfectly normal. It does sound like your guy has SBD. Unfortunately I've...
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    Question Betta pairs?

    The domesticated Betta splendens have actually been bred to enhance their aggression, that's why they're more aggressive than their wild counterparts. That was why they were originally domesticated, to be fought against one another, long before they were bred for different fin types and...
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    Quality bloodline HMPK breeders in Aus

    How far is Tumut from Sydney? If you can make it to Syd there is a 'Sydney Splendens Society' I forgot about! They have meetings every couple of months and exchange fish there. You may also be able to find a breeder through there. Though looking at the site it hasn't been updated since last...
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    Quality bloodline HMPK breeders in Aus

    I'm not sure about breeders... but look up Fishchick. She's up in Brisbane but will ship (I think!), and imports quality bettas on a regular basis. They don't come cheap though! There used to be an IBC chapter in Australia... when I moved here they had disbanded due to lack of interest, and...
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    Your opinion?

    I think it really depends on the betta in question. At work we had floating mirrors for sale, so of course wanted to set one up to display it so customers could see what it was like. We tried it with a few different fish, with varying reactions. Some definitely were stressed by its presence...
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    So how many year's has everyone been keeping fish!

    It was a lot of tanks! Honestly I'm not sure how I managed sometimes. I was in university at the time (though admittedly my first degree was a lot easier than my current one!), and was doing water changes till 1 am most nights (that was mostly my jarred betta juvies), plus about 8 hours a day...
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    Betta Enisae (Wild Bettas)

    In my experience (though this is with channoides), if you leave the male for a week where he is, then move him, he's pretty unlikely to swallow. Moving in the first few days is pretty risky though! You may find the lil guy swallows anyway, though. First time breeders rarely hold to term, it...
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    So how many year's has everyone been keeping fish!

    Depends when you're counting from! My parents had an aquarium when I was born that they used to 'babysit' me and keep me quiet... Got my first poor little goldfish kept in too small a tank when I was about 5. My first tropical aquarium of my own around 8ish, though still had a lot of help with...
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    Making A Betta Biotope

    Coccina are nice little fish, definitely! They can be a bit picky about water conditions, and wild caught probably more so than captive bred, but I managed to get them to breed using a mix of RO and tap water (though where I lived the tap water was extremely hard + alkaline, depending on your...
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    Food allergies?

    If he's smelling that much it could also be a secondary bacterial or yeast infection that's come up due to his skin condition. See if you can at least get the vet to do a sticky tape test... it's really simple and shouldn't cost you too much I wouldn't think! Just some tape and a bit of stain...
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    Can anybody identify this fish? I was told it was a wolf fish!

    Ok spent too much time on this, should be studying! But maybe something along the lines of a marble goby or relative thereof? They seem to often be food fish so it's hard to find a good picture, and my internet is the worst, so can't get half the pages to load but if you do a google image for...
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    Can anybody identify this fish? I was told it was a wolf fish!

    I don't think it is a Hoplias... looking at all the Hoplias pics they all seem to have a single dorsal fin, while this fish appears to have a double? Plus the head/jaw don't look quite right to me (my bf has a Hoplias so have seen em in person... usually you see more teeth lol, shows up in the...
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    Meet Bentely!

    So cute Good luck with the potty training!
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    Question Now that my baby is growing, anyone wanna guess...

    He's a real cutie! I"m pretty sure he's going to be a veil... my first spawn ever was a veil pair, and the little ones totally fooled me... I thought I had a spawn of little deltas on my hands, but as their tails grew longer they went into the veil shape. His fins look very similar to what my...
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    Going to the vet....

    You might want to ask your vet about a fine needle aspirate of the lump too. At least find out how expensive it is... a lot of vets can do that in house so it may not be too much depending on where you go. It can give a bit better idea what you're dealing with in terms of the lump... a lot of...
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    Food allergies?

    What breed is the pup and how old? According to my dermatology lectures last semester the classic signs of food allergy are itching in combination with digestive upset. There are a lot of things that can make dogs itchy though so it could easily be something else that just happened to...
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    Betta picta ?//?

    Looks like a splendens female to me! Picta have bigger heads/mouths relative to their body size, won't have the green sheen on the body, and will have less red fins with a distinct blue/black stripe along the margin, plus a different dorsal shape. Mouthbrooders in general really do have a...
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    I refuse to be allergic to my fish

    Yeah, like Lucy said, if you feed a lot of bloodworms I'd guess those are most likely the culprit. It seems to be a pretty common allergy... I'm allergic to them (and I'm not one for allergies, it's my only one!), and I know a few others who are too. They're related to mosquitoes so most...
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    Breeding my female and male betta: filter, food and heater questions

    I've never used a whisper filter so not sure what kind of flow they have, but you may find it's too strong for young fry and will blow them all around. For breeding the males really do need quite still water for a successful bubblenest, and young fry really can't handle any sort of current...
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    Breeding my female and male betta: filter, food and heater questions

    I used to breed bettas back when I had more time and $$... all the previous advice is super. I would also suggest adding some live and/or frozen food for the parents too. It's usually recommended to condition them with extra feedings, of higher quality than usual (the live/frozen), with extra...




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