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20L **Betta Macrostoma Breeding Project** Update 2/24

What's up TPT! I finally tore down my 20L Downoi farm tank which was formerly my Betta Albimarginata Haven tank. Some of you may remember I had about 30 Albis in this tank at one point... now I've switched gears back to trying my hand at Macs once again after some previously failed attempts. I was lucky enough to acquire this pair from a good friend of mine since Macs are rather scarce at the moment. I'm hoping to change that. Wish me luck!

Anyway about the tank: It's staying bare bottom for ease of cleaning and also any fallen eggs would be easily detected later on. I tossed in 2 pieces of DW which were boiled first to rid all the tannins (it worked wonders). Then I stuffed a few Anubia nana petites on the wood pieces for decor along with some scattered bobitis ferns. However I didn't take a fts since I was too lazy to switch out my macro lense.

Nuff talking. Here they are:

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The young male. He still needs a bit of conditioning. As you can see, he's a bit on the skinny side compared to the female. He'll be fattened up in no time though . Don't you worry!






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you got started without us!!!! *sadden*
My source gave me his only pair left. Sorry James. I've got another lead but if you wanna take the reins and order overseas, let me know. I'll give you his contact.


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Good luck! Can't wait to see how it turns out.
Great pics as always.


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Man do I love the blue streak on their fins, looking forward to this! Wonderful shots of the fish, as always, touche.
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Good luck on the breeding! If anyone can get these two to mate, it'll be you. Gorgeous fish.

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I love them! I want to get into breeding fish one day....but I'll stick with plants for now.

Can you take a FTS now? I need more eye candy!


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I love them! I want to get into breeding fish one day....but I'll stick with plants for now.

Can you take a FTS now? I need more eye candy!
It's not much to see bro... just 2 chunks of DW with a few plants in a bare bottom tank. The eye candy is what you've seen already . I'll post up some new shots tomorrow and maybe I'll see if I can squeeze a fts in there somewhere for ya.


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Hows this going? I have some b. channoides myself that I'm gonna try to breed
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Hows this going? I have some b. channoides myself that I'm gonna try to breed
Not so good man.

Sad to say, but the male is sick with a wound on his head. I've been trying to battle it with salt only and 20% water changes every other day just to keep the water clean. He's still eating so that's a good sign. My plans are currently halted because of this. This is the one thing I hate most about these fish. They are super suceptable to all types of diseases. Oh the misery that comes along with keeping such beautiful fish.

Good luck with your Channoides though. They are much easier than Macs.


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Yah, my males fight once in a while, but there's just 2 pairs in a 50 gallon, so they keep it to a minimum... Mine had a wound on his head for a few days from fighting, but it cleared up really quick. I'm betting your male will pull through just fine, must have just gotten too close to one of the females during feeding time (never get between a woman and her blood worm).

I wanted to do macs for a while, but could never bring myself to plop down 80 bucks for a male. My channoides are breeding regularly, but the males are swallowing eggs after a few days (probably because I keep tossing food in there). I'm hoping to get them synced up next week so that both males are carrying eggs and I'll put the females into breeder boxes so I can feed just them. If that doesn't work, I'll just stop feeding when I see males carrying eggs.

You'll have to let us know how this turns out though, macs are just freakin awesome.
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