Sunday, September 28, 2008
FAQ: Do you ship your betta/microworm overseas?
Answer: No. Unfortunately I do not intend to start an online payment scheme (anytime soon), as such overseas shipping is not possible. All sales are intended for local purchase; in Singapore only.
FAQ: Where are you located?
Answer: In the east, Bedok North.
FAQ: When can I make an appointment for viewing?
Answer: I am usually free after office hours and during weekends.
FAQ: Can I meet you and pick up my purchase from MRT stations or bus interchange.
Answer: No. Some buyers have left me stranded in stations. As of such all purchase will be made at my place.
FAQ: I am a really busy man, can you deliver to my place?
Answer: Yes, but additional charge will be billed. This is to compensate my traveling time and cost.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I've also toyed with planted tanks 3 months ago and thus diverted a little attention towards that area.
I do not intend to wind up sgBetta.com anytime soon, so no worries regarding that. Updates will come eventually, even though they might be slow. Would like to thank all you guys for the support so far. Thank you!
Just some random pictures of my planted tank for your viewing. Enjoy :)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Well there is no harm in conditioning the pair with good quality food and that's what I'm going to do. No live food for the male betta prior to breeding.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Another failure, though there are improvements this time round. There are no visible fungus, which meant that the male had took good care of the eggs. And I did saw one, just one, dead fry drop from the nest. At least I know some fry hatched from the eggs. Obviously the male betta didn't know how to tend to the fry once they hatch, betta males are known to be very persistent; they will try jamming a dead fry back into the nest again and again, but for my betta case, he just let the dead fry drop to the ground. I have a strong feeling the male betta ate all the fry once they hatched. I tried feeding him a juicy mini mealworm but he took a sniff at the worm and ignore it; a sign that he has already eaten to his fill.
The remains of what looks like eggs/shells are scattered all over the tank's floor. The male seemed awfully exhausted or upset; he is lying around, sleeping.
No lucky at the female side too, no sign of eggs or life in the nest. Hopefully third time is a charm. Will restart the spawning in 1-2 weeks time, depending on the female. Hopefully this time the male will not destroy the fry.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
First thing first, females are not supposed to build strong thick bubble nest, mine did.
Second they are not supposed to guard their nest, mine did.
Third they are more likely to eat all the eggs up, mine not only did not eat the eggs, she is taking care of them.
During spawning, if you are lucky you will have a female that will not eat the eggs but she will help with placing the eggs in the nest. Mine is more than lucky, she built her own nest and is taking care of the eggs like the father. Most likely these eggs are not fertilized, but I might be wrong, she might have store them in her mouth long enough for me to transfer her to the recuperating tank. Anyway this is truly amazing.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
It wasn't all fun and games, at one point the male nip the female so hard she hid under the driftwood and "leak" eggs. I estimated around 30 eggs was wasted during that time.
I am not too optimistic regarding the current mating session. The male did not wrap over the female from the top. Instead he did a novelty act, warping her from the side and the female eject her eggs rather prematurely after the warp. This was exactly what happened last mating session.
The female is taken from the breeding tank for recuperation in a 1 gallon tank. Fins are pretty badly damage. Looks like she needs a very long break to recover. If this mating session is another failure, a retry should come in 4 weeks time or until her fins have heal up. I do not want to risk losing my only butterfly female.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I would like to thank the many emails I've received, thank you for your support and kind words. I was lucky for my F1 spawn, everything went smoothly. Suffered my first unsuccessful spawning attempt, hopefully the pair will spawn successfully the next time.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saw the male laying on a leaf, looking very exhaust and maybe even a little upset. He seemed to be seeking shade and a break from the aquarium light; trying to catch a nap. I switched the aquarium lights off and gave him a little food. The nest is unattended and I do not see any life in it. This spawning attempt might not be successful, will wait another 24 hour to confirm.
In this picture you can sense something is not right, betta eggs are not suppose to be clustered together. You can clearly see the fungus growing on the eggs, bad sign.
Seemed like the male has either given up or discarded what he could to protect the reminding eggs (if there's any left).
I don't think fertilized eggs are supposed to rot, it's the unfertilized ones that will not contain life and start withering away. From the beginning, the pair are not embracing correctly, I am guessing this improper embrace has led to a huge amount of unfertilized eggs. I will not make wild guesses at this point, hopefully I would see tails hanging off the nest in the next 48 hours.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
The male tends to his nest, scouting the tank for intruders. As seen in the picture above, he gave me a fierce stare for taking a picture of the nest.
The female hid between a driftwood and ketapang leave after the embrace was over. She hid so well that the male had problems finding her, even took me a while to spot her. She was promptly removed to a 1 gallon tank for recuperation and good meals. Though the spawning was a relatively gentle one, one may find that her fins are quite badly tore. Not a problem if she's fed well in good water, betta's regeneration is pretty amazing. I've transfered females from community tank faring much worse than her condition.
Hopefully I'll see tails tomorrow and free swimming fry in 3 days.
The pair started proper embrace at around 1.30pm. Though the embracing position is not textbook, about 8-10 eggs ooze out of the female during some embrace. At certain times, no eggs are seen. The pair has been embracing for at least 6 hours, much longer than I had expected, hopefully this is going to be a successful spawn.
Pleasant surprise when I woke up, the pair has finally calm down and started embracing around 11am. Problem is they are not embracing right. It takes two hands to clap. First the male is unable to wrap around the female tight enough, this is because the female is floating too high towards the water level. Hopefully the pair will get it right soon.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I've decide not to barricade the female for this spawn, instead I will go the natural way and allow them the freedom to swim, chase and nib each other. This video shows a beautiful dance between the male and the female, followed by an inspection of the bubblenest by the female betta. For weeks they have been allowed to flare at each other through their tanks, finally they can swim and dance together. Its truely a very lovely sight, enjoy.
To test if the pair are responsive, try placing the female beside the spawning tank like so. The male should swim towards her, flare and usher her back to his nest. The female should return the flare and would be willing to swim towards the nest to check if its to her liking.
The setup is pretty textbook, a half cut styrofoam cup at 5 inch water line, with a non-toxic tape holding it in place. This time I'm using Anubias and a little duckweeds though. I've used Hydrilla for my F1 spawn.
The male is very interested in every object inside the tank, swimming around checking and biting. He even took a bite at a duckweed and spat it out, must have tasted really yucky. I guess he is part curious, part claiming his territory.
To be 100% honest, I can feel a sense of freedom and relief in him. Can't blame him, I would love to stretch my legs if I'm cramped up in a tiny cubicle for most of my life. Well if I had the time, space and cash, I won't mind giving each male a palace of their own, but reality is harsh.
This male is one untidy and lazy one, I am hoping that he will make a bubble nest inside the cup. Right now there are random bubbles all over the tank. Hopefully I'll get a pleasant surprise when I wake up later.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Unlike most Betta hobbyist, Isaac did not keep GJ in a clean and empty little cubicle. His setup includes a heavily planted and filtered 10 liter tank, creating a betta's biotope. I was sincerely impressed by Isaac's setup and enthusiasm when he sent me an email later, updating GJ's progress.
A month later Isaac sent me another update on GJ.
GJ has grown beautifully under Isaac's care. The fins are much fuller with stronger and more defined color. The scales have become more distinct. It is not easy rearing a fish to this quality in a month.
It is really impressive seeing how Isaac has planned and executed his setup and Betta keeping. The aesthetic value of a Betta in the biotope is priceless. I would like to thank Isaac for allowing GrimJaw and his biotope to be showcased in sgBetta.com. Do enjoy the rest of Isaac's setup.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I do hope I will be able to produce at least a pair of butterfly to continue a F3 spawn, but that's another bridge to cross later.
Currently I've been conditioning this pair for around 3 days. I've place them side by side and have started showing them off to one another for around 10 minutes a day. Beside this pair are flaring partners, to train their stamina up for the grudging courtship ahead. I allow them to flare around 3 times a day for 15 minutes.
A half hour rest is given after each flaring. This is followed by a nice protein rich meal. A mixture of frozen bloodworms, live mini mealworms and some TetraBits Complete.
As it stands now, I intend to introduce the male into the spawning tank on next Monday. Allow him 2 days to get accustomed to his tank and gain ownership of it. Once I feel both of them are ready, I will introduce them into the spawning tank. Stay tune and wish me luck!