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Old 10-12-2012, 08:04 PM   #1
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I rescued him today from his half of a poland spring bottle for $5. Tons of filth in there. im pretty sure that store never changes betta water, but they do get nice bettas in. This is the prettiest betta I have ever owned! He looks like this most of the time when flared, though it changes in different lighting from peach to violet to white. He has incredibly long "beard" fins. No idea what the name of those are.


Then sometimes he looks like THIS!! Seconds after putting him in the tank he floated down to the sand and sat for a little. This photo is accurate to how he looked.



Love his bright blue eyes!


He is so gentle it's insane. He's with cories, endlers, Amanos, and a female betta. Temperature is 80 F. She is absolutely vicious about bloodworms, but has never attempted attacking anyone. He has not nipped any fish, but has flirted with my girl, without chasing too hard or nipping. The only other fish he flared at was the female endler who is quite an obnoxious pig. He prefers to swim against the filter flow surprisingly. Not sure why, but he has stayed there for a while swimming and flaring... Maybe it feels good to be in clean water and able to stretch out. I like that he ate a worm off the bottom, which most bettas ignore.

Help naming? I'm thinking of Bengal, Tiger, or Damaro. Also my girl betta needs a name. No ideas for her though.

I am going to set up a separate tank for breeding him. He's so gentle and gorgeous, and energetic enough that he might be breedable.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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Ooooooh! Congrats he's lovely and those ARE long impressive ventrals !

Have you kept a male and a female together in a community tank before?

I would be nervous, but that's bc all my bettas have been cantankerous!
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:07 PM   #3
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Ah, ventrals!

Yup, I have done this before, but it has never worked so well. Typically the male chases the female around and I end up removing one of them within two days.

I've had two females at separate times both from a community tank in the same store. They're very vicious towards food but never nip, even at the meaner males I have tried them with. They also both had/have visible ovipositors.

I may remove the female endler and possibly the cories. The female is just annoying him and the cories are so oblivious they just plow straight into him! (he just wanders off somewhere else)! He flared at the endler because she kept following him and he even moved like he was going to nip, but he didn't even open his mouth and the endler just swam away.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:46 AM   #4
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Territorityand dominance are so interesting!
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:55 AM   #5
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Good luck! He might change as he gets used to his new surroundings.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:58 AM   #6
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He's a lovely betta! I had a betta with yellow and pink coloring, he made me think of a pink dalmatian. He was a sweetie and lived with my African Dwarf Frogs.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:08 AM   #7
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All the bettas I get from the local stores are sedate and pretty gentle. My dragon scale plakat male (Bobo) is pretty sick and old. He is inactive and might be partially blind? I can barely get any food into him because he can't find his food. He will lunge at the surface multiple times to find a pellet, sinking foods he almost always misses or just doesn't see, and food on the bottom is usually ignored, or missed. I have him in his own little tank with an IAL, a little salt, and a heater.

This new betta is very lethargic and mostly sits at the bottom, occasionally swimming around and getting air.

I fed everyone peas and my female betta goes crazy for a piece! She never eats off the substrate, not even for live blackworms, but she hunts down pea pieces that sink. Just like my cats, they will steal veggies from my plate over fish... He likes peas a lot too, but he will wait for them to fall next to him, then sometimes grab it.

I have slowed the flow a lot with an IAL so it only barely moves the surface.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:32 AM   #8
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i love the blue sheen! great save! he has such beautiful finnage!
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Awesome color blue! Beautiful body length too I love bettas

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Old 10-13-2012, 05:09 AM   #10
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the first is a cellophane... the second not sure of the actual coloring... XD solid red?

first one seems like a hmpk + hm hybrid... red one seems like a halfmoon/half sun? feather tail? hahaha

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the first is a cellophane... the second not sure of the actual coloring... XD solid red?

first one seems like a hmpk + hm hybrid... red one seems like a halfmoon/half sun? feather tail? hahaha

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Dude I only know crowntails and double tails!

The red one does look like a feather tail but difficult to tell bc of angle and not full flare!

First one seems a cellophane hmplakat with the possibility of marbling gene.
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If the little light spot in the middle of the red's tail is space rather than iridescent than likely a double tail.
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:18 PM   #13
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All I know is that he was $5, is gorgeous and gentle, and is a hmpk.
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He is beautiful! I'd just keep a close eye on both bettas, they can turn pretty vicious real quick. Hopefully they will get along.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:26 PM   #15
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Darn, his mean streak is showing a little now. He's chasing and flaring a bit, but she's faster than him. I'm just floating her in a globe with plenty of plants to hide from his sight and an IAL piece. Much more boisterous now, swimming on all levels and he gulped down a blackworm as long as him and it got cut out by his gill! :O But when he flares, I just melt! It's amazing how quickly he can flare and un-flare.

This does mean that he is not old, just was lethargic from living in a small dirty bottle. Great! But it is unfortunate that he is a bit harsh towards females. Only betta I've ever had that's so energetic! It's gonna be fun seeing how he changes with good care.
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