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The Less Colorful Wild Betta From Marudi
October 11, 2008
5:47 pm
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Haji Badaruddin
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Betta akarensis, Regan 1910

Collected from Marudi,Sarawak ie the place where you can find betta macrostoma.

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About 4.5 inches plus TL.Fairly aggressive but easy to keep and spawn.

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Prefer somewhat subdue lighting with bogwood and low light loving plants.

October 11, 2008
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They are beautiful. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

October 11, 2008
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They are. /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> Really understated fish. I've been waiting for these Haji mate! /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

Cake or death?
October 12, 2008
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Fantastic pics as always Haji /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> How many of these guys do you have?

October 12, 2008
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Thanks guys.Initially,i thought that i have posted this /happy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="^_^" border="0" alt="happy.gif" /> .

Maybe here i wanna share with you guys on ways of selecting which particular fish you want to catch.For larger wilds like the macs,ibanorum,taeniata etc etc etc ,when i go in my collection trip,i will bring along a fine fishing line.Next i look for some worms.A stalk from a grass is cut and inserted into the worm.One end of the stalk is tie into a know and the other end is tied to the fishing line.I would then find a nice small branches as my fishing pole.Usually i like to use a small bamboo as it is flexible.This technique is great as you can catch any of the wild that hides within the broken tree branches in the stream.Its is also the most efficient system,you do not need to get wet and dirty scooping blindly in the stream.Best of all i get to choose which of the fish that i like,the smaller ones i can always let go.More to catch and release.Wild bettas are easy to catch,the moment they see something rippling above the water line they go "crazy".Once they snapped up the worm,they will not let go.There is no need to use any fishing hooks here.

For those into rasboras and barbs and others,catching these fishes using nets is too troublesome.Here i use a trap made out of a plastic bag.The plastic bag must be transparent.Two small hole(sizes vary according to species) is cut at the corner of the bag.I would them use some palm oil fruit( you can use other food as bait source) which i grind and place into the bag.You would have to make many small holes on each sides of the bag.The idea is to let some current flowing into the bag.The other end of the bag is tied to a big stone and left to submerge in the stream.By the way,these trap system does not work with the labyrinth fishes,they need air to breath.You can use this technique but you need to check the traps regularly.

BTW Dunc,i have a few of this akarensis. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I can pass you a pair if you want. /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

October 12, 2008
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Sure thing.. though I'd prefer a pair of the B. macrostoma... /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

October 12, 2008
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Fascinating stuff Haji. How long do you have to leave the traps for before checking them? Feel free to send me some akarensis too... /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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October 12, 2008
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Sweet pics, and nice fish. Also interesting to hear about the catching methods, I thought people used nets, mostly.

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