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Species From Borneo
June 2, 2011
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as I got some "new" species from Borneo I took some pics and found these in my stock to start with
Hemirhamphodon tengah a real beauty from the trade

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Pascal brought some "new" ones from Borneo he had collected last week together with Michael Lo near Kutching/Sibu, Sarawak
Betta brownorum in the photo-tank. a female? 3 cm length

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colours are showing up in a 50x20x30 tank

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Kottelatlimia pristes, 3.8 cm length

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Kottalatlimia katik is really small - 1.5 cm - compared with the companions

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a great day when I got them /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

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June 2, 2011
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What a wonderful collection of fish!! All pictured brownorum look male to me? Envy you greatly; that species and I haven't yet had the pleasure of crossing paths /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> What water parameters do you have in that tank?

June 2, 2011
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Great, great stuff Charles, especially love the K. katik. /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

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June 2, 2011
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Nice! /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" /> The H. tengah looks like they've hurt their beaks a bit during transport though?

June 3, 2011
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QUOTE (oaken @ Jun 2 2011, 10:45 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice! /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" /> The H. tengah looks like they've hurt their beaks a bit during transport though?

yes, Oaken. that's always a problem with catchers netting the fish. at least "my" wholeseller knows the problem, but it's often too late when they arive in Germany.
I only take two parameters, Stefan: 24°, <1 KH, about 5-6 Ph (not measured)
of course I hope to have at least one female. and fry as soon they have settled

June 3, 2011
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Lucky man Charles! I was watching these on facebook as michael posted them. Did you get any gastromyzon?

June 3, 2011
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QUOTE (plaamoo @ Jun 3 2011, 11:41 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lucky man Charles! I was watching these on facebook as michael posted them. Did you get any gastromyzon?

no, Jim. conditions were to difficult for a transport. But they have found at least one undescribed species. pics may follow.

June 3, 2011
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Can you tell something about the gender relation of the katik?

June 3, 2011
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Nice! I do recommend keeping an eye on the pH and hardness when keeping peatswamp Betta /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

June 3, 2011
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Wow wonderful choices there Charles /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" /> those K.pristies look in awesome condition !

June 3, 2011
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QUOTE (Thomas @ Jun 3 2011, 02:09 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
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Can you tell something about the gender relation of the katik?

no idea, Thomas. they are off and gone, only now and then working the leaf litter. but on the pics I can see males (thickened second ray of the pectoral fin, serrae to be seen just as faint structure in a close-up) and females.
as a matter of fact I'm still asking myself what became of the second species mentioned in the papers which looks alike, exept of the straight suborbital spine vs strongly bent in katik. I'm looking forward for the paper, Matt. thanks to all who sent me infos and papers about the species shown.

June 26, 2011
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an update
k. katik are practically invisible. k. pristes is very activ and changing from the left part of the tank to the right, over a glas longside the tank. a vry curious chap.

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some close-ups. nasal barbles are not so long as in k. katik.

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and of course b. brownorrum.
definitively one pair in the rigt tank. they do the tank-changing play as well. the living black mosquito-larvae seem to work. it's difficult to take pics in that corner, it's dark and the can is moving sligthly. and the snails were there within minutes. I seperated the eggs, fertilized or not ... no fry up till now.
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June 26, 2011
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Very nice pics! I was just about to say that you can leave Betta eggs in with snails until I scrolled down and saw the type and size of those snails - and refrained from saying what I had planned. If you have the oppertunity, put a pair in a spawning tank to have a bigger chance of success. Hatching eggs artificially can be challanging. Good luck and I hope it works out /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

June 27, 2011
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Amazing pics and species

See my catfish images at http://www.scotcat.com/thedarkone/thedarkone.htm
June 29, 2011
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thanks for the flowers /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />
I found two freshly hatched specimen dead, but I think you are right, Stefan. next time without snails and in the tank. the pair is already on the way.

July 22, 2011
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after a short week on holidays I had some work to do and found this

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the female seems to take care too? at least no agressive behaviour from the side of the male.

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but mainly it's the male to mark the guardian

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July 22, 2011
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Superb fish and photographs. Thank you for sharing. This is what makes the internet so great!

July 23, 2011
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Nice!! Please remind me; from where are the Betta? I believe that those with big spots, like yours, were supposedly from Matang and those with smaller spots are from Sibu and Kuching? Would be interesting if that was proven to be false.

July 25, 2011
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Wonderful stuff Charles. /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> One thing that does intrigue me is the fact you're not keeping them in tannin-stained water. Is your tap water naturally soft or do you treat it somehow?

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July 31, 2011
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QUOTE (Stefan @ Jul 23 2011, 05:55 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice!! Please remind me; from where are the Betta? I believe that those with big spots, like yours, were supposedly from Matang and those with smaller spots are from Sibu and Kuching? Would be interesting if that was proven to be false.

definetely Sibu, Stefan! I can't jugde the size of the lateral spots in Matang-bettas. just one pic on aquaworld shows a specimen with very large spot, no infos about the provenance. for the rest I can't see a really significant difference with my specimen. in other words: the size of the spots seems not be a good hint for the region they were caught.

pure osmose-water, Matt. some peat, leaves of oak, beech and almond. Ph about 6.2-6.5.
tap water is at KH 16-18, Ph 7.2

it seems more important, that the water is really clean and the feeding is good. I think the living culex made them go

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