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PhishPhreek
03-09-2006, 09:55 AM
Just wanted to let you know that there are a lot of bettas other than Betta Splendens that you see in the local fish store.

Some are bigger, some smaller, some are mouth brooders
most are comunity tank fish and most prefer verry soft water

Many of these "wild" bettas are in decline because of loss of habatat and
there is an effort by the International Betta Congress to try to
maintain these endangered species.

If you are interested in maintaining wild species please contact the IBC
or let me know and I will hook you up.

I was active in the program in 2003/4 setting up species / habatat tanks
for some of the mouth brooders and providing stock for other breeders.
You can make a difference. *8O

Janthina
09-14-2006, 03:58 PM
Are you breeding any Parosphromenus species? *I keep a few of those and would be interested in more of the same or Sphaerichthys vaillanti...if you happen to have a few extra floating around!

PhishPhreek
09-14-2006, 08:39 PM
Don't know of any breeders in the area but you might find some at

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ibcsmp/?yguid=92966933

nacra99
04-15-2007, 11:31 AM
I know they are not "critically endangered" but i breed Betta Macrostoma... In fact, i'm currently growing out a 2+ month old spawn. I would love to take in more wilds for rehabilitation, but the Macs, or more specifically keeping pH at 4.8 - 5.5 in soft water is a full time job in itself.

PhishPhreek
04-15-2007, 01:08 PM
Rainwater & an inch of peatmoss or old oak leaves will give you a good start on a low pH tank. * Big problem is that not many plants will do well at such low pHs. *I lilke java fern and a lot of driftwood

nacra99
04-15-2007, 04:16 PM
... Big problem is that not many plants will do well at such low pHs. *I lilke java fern and a lot of driftwood

True. I have mostly driftwood and java moss. One of my tanks has an amazon sword that seems to be doing ok.
I lower my pH by starting with 50/50 RO / Tap. Then use acid buffer.