Much needed updates…

I apologize for not having had time to update this blog. I’ve had quite a bit on my plate. But anyhow, here is the latest and greatest.

  • Putera & Puteri have been been given to my buddy who unfortunately had his Macs pass away. I don’t think that I need to explain that any further. I’m just trying to be a good buddy.
  • The last posting I typed up stated that Raja was holding. Unfortunately, he swallowed about a week after I posted that.
  • I purchased a pair of Betta Hendra to replace Putera & Puteri. Their names are Patrick & Patty. My GF named them since we received them on St. Patrick’s Day. LOL! I’ll be uploading photos in my next posting.

So yes, I’ll be back on top of my blog posts from here on out now that my plate is a bit more manageable. Have a good one, everyone!

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Raja is Holding!

After some pondering, I realized that I can pretty much predict when my female Macs are preparing to initiate the spawning ritual. I’ve noticed that my females conceal themselves in the plants and driftwood a day or two before the dance begins. The females are usually very active up to this point. Based on this hunch, I monitored the activity level of the females. Two days ago, Permaisuri tucked herself deep in the plant clusters. Waging on the aforementioned, I fed Raja & Permaisuri small crickets and large brine shrimp. Permaisuri only came out and nibbled on a few of the large brine shrimp. Usually, she gorges on anything I feed them. Raja fattened himself up pretty good on the small crickets and large brine shrimp.

When I left my house this morning to run errands, I noticed Permaisuri’s dark bars showing. When I returned 4 hours later, I noted Raja chimpmunking! He feasted heavily the night before so I’m hoping that he won’t give in and swallow the eggs within a week. I’m going to strip him 1 week from today and incubate them in the tumbler I recently purchased. I’ll update this post as necessary. Let’s hope this all works out! =)

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New Egg Incubator/Tumbler.

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Cobalt Aquatics Fish Incubator/Tumbler

My new fish incubator/tumbler arrived this morning. I read the reviews and watched several videos on the tube over the past few days. I was very impressed with what I learned about the unit. I’m really happy with the quality of craftsmanship. It is by no means a cheap setup. The engineer that designed this system really put a lot of thought into it. I will be stripping eggs the next time either Raja or Putera holds.

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Raja is Holding Again!

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Betta Macrostomas passing eggs

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Male Betta Macrostoma with a mouth full of eggs

I woke up to this! Raja is again holding! He’s held to full term in the past, so I’m hopeful that he’ll hold to term again and release the fry. I’m a bit concerned because he refused to eat crickets for the past 2 days so I imagine that he’ll be a little hungrier towards the end of this term. We’ll see! I’ll keep this post updated as necessary. *Crossing my fingers*

Unfortunately, Raja swallowed the eggs this afternoon. I’m pretty sure that his reluctance to eat during the days leading up to their embrace had a huge role in his decision to not carry to full term.

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The Aquariums.

My breeding pairs of Macs are housed in separate 21.4 gallon Aquatop HCA24 aquariums. I had to have custom glass lids made for both aquariums because these were designed to be open top. And like most Bettas, Macs like to occasionally leap out of the water so lids are needed to prevent them from ending up on my hard wood floor. Having a lid is also important to maintain a certain amount of humidity in the gap between the water surface and the bottom of the lid. The aquariums are layered with Seachem Fluorite Red gravel and decorated with several types of live plants and Malaysian driftwood. My water filtration systems are configured differently than most Mac keepers’. I combined under gravel filters and Aquaclear 20 H.O.B. filters. I’ve found that this filtration setup works more efficiently than a standard sponge filter devices. Furthermore, I do not utilize either of the filter media types included with the Aquaclears and I don’t use the media thats included with the under gravel filters because any of those types, minus the sponges that came with the Aquaclears, will alter the pH of the water. I only utilize Marineland Rite-Size Bonded Filter Pads, which I cut down to size. For water, I ONLY use RO/DI. I’ve found that the pH right out of the spigot of my Aquatic Life RO Buddie + DI water filtration system registers at 5.5, the pH my Macs prefer. I also placed one IAL (Indian Almond Leaf) in each tank to achieve the tea colored tinge in the water and to take advantage of the reported medicinal properties of the IAL. I keep the Aqueon Submersible Water Heater set to maintain 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and I monitor that by using a digital thermometer. Both tanks are fitted with Current Satellite LED Plus lights. When the plants in the aquariums were still young, I injected CO2 through a diffuser to encourage plant growth. To top it off, CO2 apparently helps keep pH levels acidic, which as indicated earlier, Macs prefer. Now that the plants have matured, I’ve ceased the CO2 dosing. My pH stays stable at nearly 6.0. Thankfully I’ve been successful with these setups.

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Raja & Permaisuri’s

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Putera & Puteri’s

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Mac Munchies.

I feed my adult Macs…

  • Small Crickets
  • Small Earthworms
  • Small Grasshoppers
  • Nano Shrimp (My nano Cherry Red Shrimp reproduce like rabbits!)
  • Large Brine Shrimp
  • Daphnia
  • Tetra Pro Tropical Crisps
  • New Life Spectrum Thera + A 3mm Pellets

I feed my Mac fry…

  • Baby Brine Shrimp
  • Vinegar Eels
  • New Life Spectrum Grow Fry Starter

NOTES:

  • If he swallowed eggs, he’s obviously eaten.
  • If he releases fry, FEED HIM. He has not eaten since he began holding.
  • If you strip him of the eggs, he will be angry. He may even nip at your hand when you release him back into the aquarium. That has happened to me twice.
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Putera is Holding Again!

Putera has been holding since the morning of January 13th, 2016. I’m not planning on stripping him so let’s hope he goes to term and releases. If he releases, I will definitely be transferring the fry to a grow-out tank. I will update this post as necessary.

Well, that’s that… he swallowed the eggs. He only held them for 3 days.

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Male Betta Macrostoma holding eggs

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