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another humidity tray question...

This is a discussion on another humidity tray question... within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by brit6v Hi Vincent, What are betta and Anubias barteri? Sorry for my ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by brit6v View Post
    Hi Vincent,
    What are betta and Anubias barteri? Sorry for my ignorance.
    Vicki

    Betta splendens (Siamese fighting fish), anabantoids which means it uses its labyrinth lungs to breathe, thus no need for elaborate setup.


    Anubias barteri var nanas (dwarf nanas), is an aquatic plant that is very very hardy, can tolerate a huge range of pH levels. It blooms with a white flower if it managed to stick some leaves out of the water.

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    Oh, I love the beta idea. Some marbles in the bottom and a colorful beta fish swimming around!

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    Vicki, beta can handle small enclosures of still water so would do just fine there, you would just have to make sure not to allow ferts to drip into the bowl.

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    I believe having pebbles in the tray leads to slightly more evaporation since they create more surface area. Don't know if I'm explaining well, but slightly more evaporation should mean slightly more humidity, right?

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    What a pretty fish! I have never seen one like this before (can you tell that I'm not fish saavy?!) I like your idea....the fish and plant would look nice. You are obviously creative, Vincent.
    Thank you your reply and for the pictures,
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    Quote Originally Posted by siaogu View Post

    Betta splendens (Siamese fighting fish), anabantoids which means it uses its labyrinth lungs to breathe, thus no need for elaborate setup.


    Anubias barteri var nanas (dwarf nanas), is an aquatic plant that is very very hardy, can tolerate a huge range of pH levels. It blooms with a white flower if it managed to stick some leaves out of the water.

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    Thanks for the info, Jonada. I'm learning more about fish, practically as we speak. :>)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daethen View Post
    Vicki, beta can handle small enclosures of still water so would do just fine there, you would just have to make sure not to allow ferts to drip into the bowl.

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    Yes, you explained well, Angie.....thank you for answering my question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ang709 View Post
    I believe having pebbles in the tray leads to slightly more evaporation since they create more surface area. Don't know if I'm explaining well, but slightly more evaporation should mean slightly more humidity, right?

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    Bettas are also known as Siamese fighting fish.

    The problem is that you have to keep the fish separated from each other or they will fight to the death specially the males who can be pretty aggressive. Fish collectors place the fish in clear plastic glass but place the glasses side by side so that the fish can see each other. They get aggressive and try to "fight" with each other but no harm can be done because they are physically separated. This aggressiveness promotes their vibrant colors. If you keep a colorful betta alone without it seeing another rival betta, over time the fish loses its colors.

    BTW, males are the ones that are most colorful while the female fish are dull. They come in vibrant red and blues. They are a sight to behold and their tails are a spectacular sight if they are well kept.

    Bettas can be placed in a community tank with other fishes like goldfishes, swords or the like but just make sure that you keep one betta at a time in a community tank.

    I know this because aside from orchids I have an aquarium in my house where I keep a few discus fish. My aquarist friends are into bettas that is why I'm also familiar with their culture.

    I hope this info helps.

    Cheers!

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    Hey,

    Yeah, Bettas splendens are agressive. There are, however, more docile wild species like Betta fusca, Betta coccinna, Betta tomi etc. If not, you might want to try other laybrinth fishes like paradise fish and gouramis.

    If you want to do Betta splendens, make sure you create a lot of foliage in the water, that is why I suggested Anubias barteri var nanas, which will provide cover if another fish is attacked. Do not try to put 2 males together though. A pair will be fine since the female are normally more submissive.

    Hope it helps. By the way, I am one of the founder of Betta Club Singapore and was a semi-commercial breeder years ago

    Cheers
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    If you need the fighting instinct to keep the colors, a mirror out side of the bowl works.

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