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Small And Beautiful
September 3, 2008
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Haji Badaruddin
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Got two pairs of these last week from a friend ...... wild caught from Terengganu,Malaysia.

Betta tussyae

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Thought i highlight the coccina group here;cos the brownorum,persephone,coccina,tussyae will soon be extinct.Their habitat is being destroyed to make way for development projects. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

September 3, 2008
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More bad news for fishes /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> Great photos again Haji, thanks for sharing.

September 3, 2008
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Yeah I´ve mentioned that in the relevant species profiles. People just don´t seem to care about small fish sadly. Show them a polar bear or panda and they go nuts though... /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

Cake or death?
September 3, 2008
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ok serious drooling here...

we should find a way to save them

September 3, 2008
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i had these a few years ago, very pretty fish, and not as jumpy as the rest i've kept the worst being persephone i only had them 15 minutes and the pair founs an opening and the rest is history.,

mick

September 3, 2008
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Haji Badaruddin
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QUOTE (mickthefish @ Sep 4 2008, 12:23 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
i had these a few years ago, very pretty fish, and not as jumpy as the rest i've kept the worst being persephone i only had them 15 minutes and the pair founs an opening and the rest is history.,

mick

My persephone and coccina is coming next week.I lost a batch of miniopinna (abt 10 pairs) two years back in similar incident. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

I have noticed that if you provide leaf litters inside the tank for the fish to take shelter,they won't jump.I collected these leaf litters everytime i go out to their habitat.And all of my coccina group tanks now are not covered. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

September 4, 2008
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Stunning fish /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I was in Terengganu a few years ago (but only kuala terengganu and not the surrounding countryside). I didn't see many suitable habitats for fish /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> where and under what conditions did your friend find them?

September 5, 2008
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These fishes inhibits the blackwater swamps in Terengganu.I was informed that they were caught near the border area. /happy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="^_^" border="0" alt="happy.gif" />

Betta stigmosus is another fish ... collected from Terengganu.

September 5, 2008
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Hehe nice avatar Haji. /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> Do you have any pics of the tussyae biotope and how on earth do you differentiate stigmosus from pugnax? The pugnax group are a nightmare to identify... /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" />

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September 5, 2008
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Hi Matt,

Thought i add my avatar ... seems everyone got them /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> I do not have any pic of the tussyae biotope ..... I ll try to get some from friends later.I'll post some pics of my stigmosa separately. /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

Yes pugnax group is a nightmare to define ..... As in the words of a friend of mine ...... "Nobody dare to touch them yet".I collected these pugnax sp as well.At the moment i have about 6 types collected from different regions all over Malaysia.The best one that i have comes from Ulu Paip,Kedah (North Malaysia)..I was given a pair about 8 mths ago ..... Now i have something like 30+++.Absolutely beautiful fish. /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" /> /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

September 9, 2008
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Gorgeous fish!! /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

September 10, 2008
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QUOTE (Graeme @ Sep 10 2008, 12:04 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gorgeous fish!! /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Hi Graeme,

Thanks /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> On a different topic,i ve seen the list of fish collection (from another forum) you have ...... very impressive.Some very exotic species /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

October 23, 2008
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Thought i share with you guys here this common wild betta.For those that have visited my website,this is the same old pic but i have added a few more for the omphhh /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

Betta brownorum

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Their home ... This is the same leaf litter that i collect from their habitat in Sibu(Sarawak).I keep all my browns in these type of settings.

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A male brownorum taken in their respective tank.I have about 10 tanks full of the Sibu and Matang brownorums /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" /> .

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I place the browns in these tank for photography.Normally i let them be and only took pics on the 3rd day.The reason being ... i want them to adapt to the surrounding.Taking photos of a newly introduced fish often result in poor coloration and in most times the fish is so stress out, ... and hiding.

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The brownorums are prolific ... They breed almost every week and the eggs hatched on the 2nd day.BTW they are bubblenesters.Due to their frequent spawning,i couldnt be bothered to remove the earlier fry.So far the fry from the various spawns live happily with their parents and the fry from the other spawn.If you ask me what is the difference between the Sibu and Matang brownorums ... i say there are none.Some say the blotch on the matang ones are bigger and i have heard some say that the Matang ones are sometimes mouthbrooders.Yet to be proven???

October 23, 2008
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Very nice. Good thing there are a lot of dedicated Betta-breeders out there. I'm personally looking for more species from the coccina-group but they are hard to come by around here (Sweden), mouthbreeding bettas are a lot more common, for some reason.

November 24, 2008
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Some fry update pics:

Betta brownorum (Matang)

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About 4mm(TL) ie about 3 weeks old

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Grow rapidly feeding only on BBS ...

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Sharing the same tank with the other two spawns from the same parent ..... this beauty is 8mm(TL) and is more than 6 weeks old.

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Another fry ... the parent was pass over to me by Melvin aka Merubin during his short scooping trip to Matang with our friend Mr Tuckfai.

November 25, 2008
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So cute. /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

Cake or death?
November 25, 2008
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aww they're pretty /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

December 3, 2008
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An update on the brownorum from Matang

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Some of the juvs developed blotch on their body.

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Another pale colored male ... The ones in the photos here between 12 to 15mm now

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Some has colored up and showing signs of courting the females.In some of the males,the blotch of the Matang ones is much bigger than the one collected from Sibu.

December 3, 2008
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Betta coccina

Wild collected from Pagoh Johor by Mr Zaini and Mr Firdaus of Fisheries Department Malaysia ....... and arranged to be transported to my Petra Jaya Hatchery by Mr Dylan /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

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Photo taken on day 2 of introducing to the tank

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In my opinion,extremely rare and soon to be extinct ........ maybe this will be the last of the last of the coccina we will ever get to see.Same old story ... their habitat is gone.The last know location in Ayer Hitam Johor has been turned into some sort housing estate

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Photo taken on day 1 of introducing to their tank.

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This is the only one out of the whole lot that has blotch???

Will update more photos soon ..... the color will be more intense during spawning

December 5, 2008
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I suspected the above fish to be betta coccina as they share the same habitat as the persephone.A friend of mine says it could also be a hybrid

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