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Re: My New Baby MACs just arrived.

Wow look at these bellies! Lol

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nice update! forgot to ask where do you buy them and how much do they cost?
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post #19 of 58 (permalink) Old 02-01-2013, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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macrostoma.net one of the few successful breeders that I know. He is from the Oregon area.
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thank you, I sent an email.

are they endangered or extinct?
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post #21 of 58 (permalink) Old 02-01-2013, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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definitely not extinct. But endangered in the brunei area or at least red listed. Macrostoma's are forbidden from collection there. Most of the exported fish are from Sarawak where the laws are more lax.

These guys are probably like f3 from the breeder. I think it's important to make an effort to keep these guys around, no one has truly dialed down the recipe for success which is why the price remains relatively high.

They are a great species of Bettas to keep though, they grow to about 7-8 inches and develop a truly amazing color.

If they are mature and paired off they will breed like clock work every 15 days. The trick is to have the male carry the eggs to term, which is about 26 days. This is about the same as most shrimps + a few days, so this time around I can be much more patient. My Shrimps have taught me how. =)

Some males spook easily and swallow their eggs. Others may not be fertile, but there's many speculations on why they don't hold to term.

That's why this time I'm going with locally bred and starting with a group instead of just one pair to improve my chances of success. I'm also watching my water quality much more to decrease the chances of fungus on the eggs.

They are the royalty of Bettas in my eyes.
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Hehe forgot to add the in the wild part, extinct in the wild.

But I find this very interesting, it is really fantastic that you are trying to breed them.
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Those are awesome. I'm not very informed about betas so I'm not really familiar with the different types. What kinda parameters do these require and are they any more difficult to keep than the standard beta in a cup you buy at the LFS?

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They prefer really acidic water about 5 to 6 range. Definitely not much harder If you keep your water stable and clean. They are just much harder to find and much harder to breed successfully. Which reminds I need to do a photo update this weekend
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Count them out for me then. That sux. I'll have to go with regular bettas I guess. I have no desire to play mad scientist with my water to get the pH that low...lol

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ada africana or akadama substrate + RO water will get you there.
Add in some oak leaves, alder cones, and a bit of peat. Voila!
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this was my pair from about a year ago.







Here's a video of them flaring.
http://youtu.be/7gCbxPi0SJI
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Yeah, the cost of the active substrate is too much for me.

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That was a nice looking young pair you had man. I see the male held for you... did he hold to term? That was always my issue while I was trying to breed mine. He'd always swallow the eggs .
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post #30 of 58 (permalink) Old 02-23-2013, 04:14 AM
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I have two pairs snd sll they do is eat eggs Smh....I also have 2 extr a femalws. Need to find more males! Starting I'm dtopping my oh to 5. Uts at 6 right now using RO water
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