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14 December Is Happy Betta macrostoma Day
December 17, 2010
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Stefan
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This is a new holiday made up by Colin (who else?!), and I concur with that day. That day I got my 6 Betta macrostoma 'Brunei' (~ 20mm F1). So without further ado, here are my first photos:

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Forgive the scratches.

December 17, 2010
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Way cool! Now let's see who's the first to breed them between you and Colin! /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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December 17, 2010
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Well Colin's are adult, mine aren't, so his must be first. /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

December 17, 2010
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Very nice Stefan! Are these the ones with the 'electric blue" I hear about? One of the guys that works in a shop I frequent in Seattle just told me he has 2 pair of electric blue macrostoma at home. I hadn't heard of them and couldn't find much in a google search.

December 17, 2010
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Thanks! You may be able to just spot the whitish-bluish dorsal fin margin so maybe that's the cause for the label you mention? Other than that it just sounds to me like yet another fancy label in order to sell fish. I haven't discovered differences in different populations up to now and I don't think there even are that many populations. It will be interesting to see photos of an alledgedly 'electric blue' mac; would you be able to obtain pics?

December 17, 2010
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Yeah, happy macrostoma day LOL

I'll try and get some pics up soon /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

December 17, 2010
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QUOTE (Colin @ Dec 17 2010, 08:58 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah, happy macrostoma day LOL

I'll try and get some pics up soon /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

I knew this thread would lure you in and would make you want to post some of your own pics. Looking forward to see them.

December 17, 2010
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QUOTE (Stefan @ Dec 17 2010, 11:27 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks! You may be able to just spot the whitish-bluish dorsal fin margin so maybe that's the cause for the label you mention? Other than that it just sounds to me like yet another fancy label in order to sell fish. I haven't discovered differences in different populations up to now and I don't think there even are that many populations. It will be interesting to see photos of an alledgedly 'electric blue' mac; would you be able to obtain pics?

I did notice the white margins on yours, and that's what i found in pics on the net. A bit brighter and more pronounced in adults of course. I'd guess you're right about the labeling. I only know this guy from occasionally stopping in the shop so pictures are not likely, but I will poke him for more info when I see him again.
Look forward to more pics, stunning fish!

December 17, 2010
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QUOTE (plaamoo @ Dec 17 2010, 10:56 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I did notice the white margins on yours, and that's what i found in pics on the net. A bit brighter and more pronounced in adults of course. I'd guess you're right about the labeling. I only know this guy from occasionally stopping in the shop so pictures are not likely, but I will poke him for more info when I see him again.
Look forward to more pics, stunning fish!

Great, thanks! I must admit to my remaining skeptic until I've actually seen them with my own eyes /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" /> It's got nothing to do with you - rest asured - but it's because I've heard so many things I favour the cautious approach. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

December 18, 2010
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congratulation /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

December 19, 2010
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It might be handy to list how I'm keeping them:

60 x 30 x 30cm (~54 litre) tank (1 pair will remain in there when a pair has formed)
pH 5.1-5.2 (I'm aiming for 4.5 so I'm letting it drop slowly)
Temperature 23.5-24 degrees Celsius
Moderate current through an inner filter

Heavily planted with:

Bolbitis heudelotii
Java fern
Cryptocoryne (not identified)
Java moss
Anubias (the giant species)
Glossostigma elatinoides
Hornwort
Duckweed

Further decorated with:

2 moderate boulders (holding the Bolbitis)
Big coconut shell
Ceramic cave (like half a coconut shell)

December 19, 2010
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Show us the unidentified plant then. /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

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December 19, 2010
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QUOTE (Matt @ Dec 19 2010, 08:41 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Show us the unidentified plant then. /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

No need: Glossostigma elatinoides (updated the list above) /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

December 20, 2010
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Healthy looking juvs there Stefan ... all the best /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> And the same goes to you too Colin /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

December 20, 2010
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QUOTE (Haji Badaruddin @ Dec 20 2010, 05:55 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Healthy looking juvs there Stefan ... all the best /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> And the same goes to you too Colin /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

Thanks Haji! I've been reading how you've been keeping and breeding them and I've not only found your information to be brilliant but also a big inspiration!

December 20, 2010
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QUOTE (Stefan @ Dec 19 2010, 09:05 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
No need: Glossostigma elatinoides (updated the list above) /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

Weird plant choice for a tank like this if you ask me, but maybe it works?

Anyway, nice looking fish! Best of luck.

December 20, 2010
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QUOTE (oaken @ Dec 20 2010, 11:15 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Weird plant choice for a tank like this if you ask me, but maybe it works?

Anyway, nice looking fish! Best of luck.

I agree. I've seen it work in a similar tank - but I'm using it as a floater.

December 20, 2010
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QUOTE (Stefan @ Dec 20 2010, 05:50 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks Haji! I've been reading how you've been keeping and breeding them and I've not only found your information to be brilliant but also a big inspiration!

Thanks for the kind words and inspiration Stefan /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> Hope to see you guys breed them too soon /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

December 20, 2010
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QUOTE (Haji Badaruddin @ Dec 20 2010, 01:40 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the kind words and inspiration Stefan /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> Hope to see you guys breed them too soon /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Blimey, will have to stop just sitting and admiring ours and get to it with the breeding, if this is gonna be a race. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

Have a great xmas everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 20, 2010
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Hi Pablito,

tell us more about your set up and macs... wont steal all your ideas!!! Honest. /happy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="^_^" border="0" alt="happy.gif" />

cheers

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