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Betta Albimarginata
November 4, 2009
9:22 am
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mzapater
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Hi there everybody.

Next week I´ll receive a pair of this species. I´m setting up a 20 l tank with catappa leaves at the bottom and a sponge filter. Water will have a pH close to 7 and GH about 10. Is that ok for them? I´ve also heard that the temperature is best kept at about 20 ºC.

The breeder told me that they will only eat live or frozen food, which is not a problem.

Any particular info or recomendations about them? Will be very appreciated.

Thank you,

Manuel...

November 4, 2009
9:59 am
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Quote from Dr Pez
Temperature:
From 22 to 26 C

Water:
PH: 5,5 7,5 and very soft

Aquarium:
You can keep them in little aquariums. Some 60 liters for a group. You should try to put in a lot of vegetation and something that serves to dye the water in order that you have a lightly dark tone. For this you can use leaves of terminalia cappata, that in addition to having curative effects they give the water a lightly greenish tone.

Omnivorous. They accept any kind of frozen food.

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Biotopo:
Se encuentra en arroyos con muy poca corriente y apenas profundidad, a unos 10 centímetros. En los márgenes del río donde se depositan los restos de hojas y raíces.

Distribución:
Asia, Cuenca de Sungei Sebuku , Kalimantan Timur, Borneo.

Forma:
Cuerpo largo y relativamente delgado. Cabeza grande y boca supera para poder incubar en ella.

Una sola espina dura en la aleta dorsal. 29 a 34 vértebras.

Coloración:
Los machos son de color naranja. La mitad de las aletas es negra y cuentan con una banda blanca que rodea por los extremos las aletas dorsal, anal, caudal y pélvicas. Las hembras son menos coloridas, siendo de un color marrón azulado. También tienen una banda blanca en el extremo de las aletas, pero menos marcada que la de los machos.

Tamaño:
Una de las especies mas pequeñas de Bettas contando con solo 5 cm como máximo, siendo este un tamaño grande. Lo normal son 4 cm.

Diferencias sexuales:
Aparte del color que ya se comento en el apartado de coloración, el macho es un poco mas grande que la hembra y tiene un aspecto mas robusto. Tiene la cabeza y las aletas mas grandes. Esta diferencia se observa sobre todo en la aleta anal y la dorsal. Aun así cuando son juveniles es difícil diferenciarlos.

Temperatura:
De 22 a 26ºC

Agua:
pH: 5.5 – 7.5 y muy blanda

Acuario:
Se puede mantener en acuarios relativamente pequeños. Unos 60 litros para un grupo. Se debe procurar poner mucha vegetación y algo que sirva de tinte al agua para que tenga un tono ligeramente oscuro. Para esto se pueden usar hojas de terminalia cappata, que además de tener efectos curativos le dan al agua un tono ligeramente verdoso.

Alimentación:
Omnívoros. Aceptan muy bien cualquier tipo de alimento congelado. .

November 4, 2009
1:06 pm
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Hi Manuel you got some bettas at last! /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I had what were sold as channoides (may have been albimarginata) and had no trouble breeding them in a set-up very similar to what you describe. The GH reading is perhaps a little high; below 5 should be better. Temperature can be 23-25°C no problem. Let your almond leaves decompose fully as I'm sure the fry feed on some of the micro-organisms produced. I found most dried foods were refused but they'll take Tetra Prima and red crumb.

Try not to disturb the male when brooding; I had trouble with them eating the eggs for a while but once they get it right you should find fry just appearing in the tank. Contrary to what Dr Pez says I didn't find plants were particularly essential and there were just a couple of bits of Java fern in the tank growing semi-emerse.

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Cake or death?
November 4, 2009
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Thank you guys.

I´m getting them from Nolan, Matt. I´ll put some leaves in the tank and some hiding places as well.

By the way, how are you doing in Barcelona? Maybe we´ll go there soon and see some new places around the Llobregat Delta. Roberto wants to get in touch with you.

Manuel...

November 4, 2009
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Hi Manuel just about settling down thanks, we finally moved into our 'own' room on Sunday after a lot of moving around. /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" /> Be sure to let me know if you're coming here so I can arrange things with work. It would be great to see you for longer than 20 minutes next time!

Yes I need to contact Roberto, and Edu also. Will do so in the next day or two. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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