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Betta rubra "Aceh"
May 1, 2015
9:15 am
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junebug
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Hi all!  This is my first post here on the forums, though I'm a longtime stalker of your articles on various fish species and habitats.

I've been back into keeping tropical fish for a little under 3 years now.  This species was one of my first purchases when I got back into the hobby.  I now breed, raise, and keep as pets, 3 species of wild betta, domestic betta splendens, N. multifasciatus, poecilia reticulata (fancy strains) and a few others.  I'm going to be adding US native sunfish, darters, livebearers, and snails to my collection soon, as well as a group of Microctenopoma ansorgii.

I offer you my Betta rubra "Aceh" tank, which is my favorite out of all my tanks.  This tank houses a huge variety of plants, including taxiphyllum spp, cryptocoryne spp, microsorum, anubias, blyxa, vallisneria, spathiphyllum spp, Giant hairgrass (I can't call up the scientific name :( sorry), a red tiger lotus, rotala angustifolia, hygroryza aristata, and bolbitis heteroclita.  I'm sure I also forgot a few in there.  It used to have a huge amazon frogbit top carpet, but I removed this to allow better submersed plant growth.  The tank is 15 US gallons, sponge filtration, no heater, Fluval EcoBright LED lighting.  Substrate is currently a mix of Flourite and black sand, but this will likely be changing very soon.

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 A few fry, bugging a mystery snail: 

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 Female B. rubra "Aceh"

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 Brooding male (his name is Fred):

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Female in breeding condition (her name is Ginger Too):

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The slight differences between the rubra from the Aceh province to the original type locality in Lake Toba area are a difference in coloration and the coloration of the strips, overall caudal shape is a pronounced spade tail, and slightly larger adult size (in my opinion).  I've kept both type localities, and I found the "Aceh" to be much easier to breed, and much less aggressive with each other than the "Toba Lake" variety.

May 1, 2015
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Welcome Junebug and thanks for sharing. You have to love mouthbrooders! I look forward to seeing your new natives.

May 2, 2015
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Nice! Are the ones in the pictures wild, or are they some you bred yourself?

May 3, 2015
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george said
Nice! Are the ones in the pictures wild, or are they some you bred yourself?

They are the parents of my babies :)  I got them from Hermanus Haryanto.  I don't think they're wild caught, but true wild strain as he keeps impeccable records and keeps all of his strains separate.  If I remember correctly, the male of this pair is F3 from wild caught.  Not sure about the female.  His fish are prolific spawners, so I'm sure she's a lot further down the line, if you know what I mean.

I do have two pairs of wild caught coccina complex fish, but I need to fix up their tanks before I dare show them to the public o.o  They need a LOT of work.  LOL.

May 3, 2015
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Looking forward to it! What are your water parameters for this aquarium?

May 3, 2015
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george said
Looking forward to it! What are your water parameters for this aquarium?

I couldn't tell you exact numbers.  Even if I still tested the water, my dogs ate the color chart for my test kit LOL.

However, I do know that TDS is in the middle range, somewhere between 50-80 depending on how much water is in the tank and when my last water change was.  gH and kH both very low, kH is likely negligible.  My test kits for those two have never once given me accurate readings, because the numbers are so low.  pH is lower than 6, sometimes ranging down around 5.2-5.0, depending on how recently I've done what I call "re-blackwatering" aka adding homemade tannin water to the RO water for water changes,  adding IAL, and sometimes "betta spa" if I haven't had time to make blackwater extract.  

I haven't done nitrogen testing since the first month I had the tank set up.  So many plants, I figure there is no way there's ever going to be a reading for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate ;)

When I re-do the tank, when I move, I will be keeping better track of the water.  My boyfriend wants to build a computerized fishroom with sensors detecting ammonia, nitrite, temp, pH, TDS, and probably some other stuff I'm forgetting.  It'll be set up to send readings to my smartphone or tablet, so I'll know exactly what's going on in every tank at all times, eventually, when we get it built. :)

May 12, 2015
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Lovely set-up, interesting observations, and welcome to the forum Junebug! Hope you enjoy it here.

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