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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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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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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 :(.
After about 10 no holds and the female dying I gave up the last time.

I'm hoping for better luck with the tank raised babies. They are getting aggressive though and I've had to separate a few.
 

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Good luck with these guys, Binbin, they're stunning!

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Just a couple of updates
Beautiful! What substrate are you using?
I have the tank divided by a foam piece. I'm using amazonia one side and a bare tank on the other for easier maintenance, There's HOB that sucks from the amazonia side into the bare side.

3 month update




 
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