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Old 07-13-2013, 12:33 PM   #141
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If I ever feel particularly creative and can find a good way to do it, I am putting a buffalo hoofprint in the substrate of a betta tank... That's hilarious. Do buffalos even live in the betta's native areas of Thailand?
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I think water buffaloes are native to Thailand but that's still absurd!
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:34 PM   #143
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I think water buffaloes are native to Thailand but that's still absurd!
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She's going to be tickled pink when that pleco beastie starts attacking her moors. I had one almost lose an eye from the misconception that fancy goldfish and plecos are good tankmates...

Called the local fish store to ask about Blackwater Extract (because I couldn't find almond leaves for my bettas), the guy had no clue what I was talking about, they've never carried it (they sell bettas and piranhas, 2 species I know are blackwater). When I said it creates a more natural environment for my bettas, he told me that I would need mud to create a more natural environment, because... get this... Bettas live in BUFFALO HOOFPRINTS! <_<

I no longer shop there.

I also enjoy the looks on people's faces when they hear I have a healthy sorority of betta girls. It never occurs to anyone that females can potentially live together.

I hate to burst your bubble(s) but during the dry season in Thailand, wild bettas are sometimes found in the water found in the hoof prints left behind by the buffalo used by the farmers to cultivate the rice patties. The person who said that was not 100% wrong. His answer however, was not 100% correct in the creating the natural environment method only using mud. lol But you know, even a stopped clock is right twice a day
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I hate to burst your bubble(s) but during the dry season in Thailand, wild bettas are sometimes found in the water found in the hoof prints left behind by the buffalo used by the farmers to cultivate the rice patties. The person who said that was not 100% wrong. His answer however, was not 100% correct in the creating the natural environment method only using mud. lol But you know, even a stopped clock is right twice a day
I was going to say something similar. I've read that wild bettas can be found in rice patties in Thailand. That's probably why they can exist in low oxygen waters.
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They have the labyrinth organ like any other anabantid so that's why they can live in areas with low oxygen
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I believe female betas are community, while males are loners
I have a female in my community tank
I have three male bettas in community tanks.
One is with barbs, rams, a guppy, tetras, etc.

One is in with cardinal tetras, and two mollies, will be adding more fish in a couple weeks.

Another had a few neon tetras in his 5.5 gal for a week while I was fattening them up before going into the main tank.
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I was at an Lfs offering to give them one of my koi and they said sorry our holding tank is full. He pointed to a 75 gallon tank full of koi and I believe it had a few African cichlids. The tank was labeled koi and aggressive cichlids.
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Oh yeah. I asked my LFS if a bubble wall stretching across 2/3's of my tank on top of the filter would be okay for my two female betas. "Of course! Of course! The females have shorter fins they like the high currents!"
One of my betas died the next day... -_-' didn't even bother going back. It was the slightly longer finned one.
The other one, at least, is thriving
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My ph was at 7.6 and was told it was to high and that I needed API 7.0 ph buffer to fix it! The buffer just screwed up my whole tank and was better of without it! (This was before I knew about parameters and how to test them)
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I hate to burst your bubble(s) but during the dry season in Thailand, wild bettas are sometimes found in the water found in the hoof prints left behind by the buffalo used by the farmers to cultivate the rice patties. The person who said that was not 100% wrong. His answer however, was not 100% correct in the creating the natural environment method only using mud. lol But you know, even a stopped clock is right twice a day
I was just unsure if there were buffalos in Thailand. It would be kind of hard for something's "native habitat" to be in the footprint of an animal that doesn't live there.
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