Hi! Could you please take a look at my thread called "Betta Imbellis at petstore labeled female" (wont let me post a link)? I have a "female" That resembles a imbellis and "she" has no egg spot. I'm not quite sure what to do and I heard that you kept imbellis :)
Just wanted to tell you that I felt that your post in the thread about making this site better was the best post I read. I agree with you completely. You are very insightful especially for your age. I hope you don't mind me saying that :)
I'm not sure which of mine have been wild caught vs tank raised as I purchased all of mine through either my LFS or the Australian transhipper. I'm pretty sure a few of them were wild caught and imported in though.
Mine do seem to prefer a biotope style tank, and this is where you will find they colour up best in. None of my tanks are planted except for some riccia floating at the top of my albi tank. Instead I use pieces of wood and leaf litter to create hiding places for each fish.
Activity depends on the individual fish. My rutilans and coccina will nearly tear your arm off at feeding time, whereas my albis are much more subdued and will only eat certain foods. I have an uberis I never see even though I do my best to get it accustomed to me eg. handfeeding and have owned it for nearly two months now.
My avatar is from a site about biotopes and betta habitats. I just used it because I am a bit of a wild betta aficionado.
Hi, we asked at the LFS near us when we thought it was gill flukes. The man told us to put in a 1/4 cup of aquarium salt per 5 litres of water (don't know how many gallons that converts to). He said to do it for 8-10 minutes, once a day for three days. If that didn't work he was going to look at a gill scraping for us.
It seemed like a lot of salt to me when we did it, but by day two he had stopped breathing so heavily and is now completely back to normal.
Before I did a bath though, I would look at things like a possible build-up in ammonia and nitrite etc. and just generally check that all your water levels are stable and where they should be.