Better Splendens how to breed my way

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Betta Splendens
Or better known as the Siamese Fighting Fish

In the wild betas are not as attractive as the domesticated ones, the colour and long tail and fins have all been bred into these beautiful fishes as long ago as the early 1900 hundreds by the Orientals. The western cultures also contributed their share to these fishes as far back as 1910. Now we see many different varieties of fighters, long, round short tails are found on the males and even the females have much more colour. The females were drab and pale looking compared to the males which was why you didn’t see many females in shops for sale, no-one wanted a drab looking fish in their tank. Females were scarce to buy from the shops, so if you wanted to breed them, you would have to go to many shops and even ask them to order next…

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Better Splendens how to breed my way

Betta Splendens
Or better known as the Siamese Fighting Fish

In the wild betas are not as attractive as the domesticated ones, the colour and long tail and fins have all been bred into these beautiful fishes as long ago as the early 1900 hundreds by the Orientals. The western cultures also contributed their share to these fishes as far back as 1910. Now we see many different varieties of fighters, long, round short tails are found on the males and even the females have much more colour. The females were drab and pale looking compared to the males which was why you didn’t see many females in shops for sale, no-one wanted a drab looking fish in their tank. Females were scarce to buy from the shops, so if you wanted to breed them, you would have to go to many shops and even ask them to order next time they placed an order to their wholesaler. Many times they would say sorry none on the list. Now that there is many people breeding these fighting fish and females are in supply and with stronger and better colours. Tank requirements for the fighter fish is what ever suits the hobbyist, it can be very small as small as a one litre bottle cut in half. They will live in such small containers where other exotic fishes won’t. Care and maintenance for the Siamese fighter are few; they still need good water conditions free of chlorine and other chemicals. They have a lung built into their gill system to enable them to breathe oxygen from the air. They need no filtration or air bubbles in their tank, just change some of their water once a week so it doesn’t pollute. Around 30 to 50% is quite sufficient. Siamese fighting fishes love the warmth, more than most other exotic fishes. For instance let’s say the temperature is under 22c the fish will lay at the bottom of the container semi dormant. Raise the temp to 28 or 30 and he will be active. Food for the fighter is readily available and come in many forms. I have found the sachets which you snip the corner off and tap a few little pellets into the tank, he will take three to four of these pellets twice a day which will be sufficient. Do not over feed as this may cause the water to pollute. There are other foods like blood worms, mosquito larvae, and brine shrimp and so on. It is up to the individual on what they feed their fighter fish. So you can see there are little requirements for this fascinating little fish. Now if you wanted to breed this little fish there are some alterations required, first a tank of at least 18 inches long, by ten inches wide and around the same in hight. At one end a removable divider is placed approx. one third in, this is to house the female and the other (the larger end) the male. A small sponge filter is placed in the females end with a little amount of bubbles; this is for later when the young are in the tank. You only place the filter in so it will start the bacteria cycle which takes around 3 weeks at a temp of 28c, or place a seeded filter from another tank and you will be able to start breeding earlier. The filter is only necessary for the young as feeding them continuously without a filter will spell disaster. With no good bacteria the tank will end up with an ammonia explosion and this is an invisible killer. You can’t see it in the water and fish will start to die. Back to the breeding now you have the tank setup and are ready to introduce the male, this should be of good specimen with good tail and mane. The tank should be filled to a depth of around 4 inches and a piece of styrene foam 2 inches square placed in the far corner away from the females end. The fish is in the tank, the divider is in place and the foam is in the corner, the filter is going in the females end. By placing the male in a day earlier than the female is so he will establish the tank as his territory. The next day is the time to place a fat female into her side of the tank in full view of the male. The male has established the tank as his territory and the female has excited him. He will charge at her with his gills flared then realises he cannot reach her. He will do this often and it will excite the female at the same time. As he charges at her he will go to the foam and start to place air bubbles under it, this may take a few hours, you will notice the female will change from the excitement. There will be a small white spot on the under belly called the papillae and she will have vertical bars starting to show, when this sign is evident the divider can be removed slowly. Try not to bang it on the glass so as to spook them. The male will do another charge at her realising he can touch her. There will be an ongoing chase in the tank until the female is ready. This is when the female will swim up under the bubble nest the male has built. The female will do this a few times then settle down and the male will wrap his body round the female as she drops 10 to 20 eggs at a time while the male fertilises them. The female will lay motionless while the male frantically dives down to pick up the eggs and deposit them under the bubble nest this motion will go on for a long time till the female has finished laying her eggs (approx. 300 eggs) After she has finished the male will chase her away as he does all the house work, looking after the eggs and then the fry. This is the time to catch the female and take her out or the male will rip her to bits or even kill her. Now there are eggs under the bubble nest and the male will tend to the bubble nest adding more bubbles when needed, picking the fallen eggs up and placing them back. This is only a short time that he has to tend the eggs as they hatch around 24 hours. The hotter the water the sooner they hatch and you will have more males than females. Which is a better way to go as more dividens are paid for the male fighter fish? The best way is to place a heater in the tank and a lid to keep the air temp and water the same. This is crucial for the fry when they are around ten days old and go for their first breathe of oxygen. If the air temp is colder than the water they will fill their lungs and then die. The heater should be set on around 30c for best results. Now the eggs have hatched and the fry hang vertical under the nest and father will watch for any that fall from it and pick them up and place them back. This can be the time to remove the male if you wanted however I like to leave him in till the fry are swimming. This will be in two to three days and this is the time to start feeding the fry and not before. I use a liquid fry for egg layers for the first few days then introduce newly hatched Brine Shrimp. This will make them grow; there is a micro powder that is good too. The fry on their own should be fed 4 to 5 times a day, and the water level can be raised a little at a time over the next few days till the tank is full. A few water changes will be needed and this can be done with a small piece of airline, just to keep the bottom clean, it is best to siphon the muck into a bucket so you can see if you siphoned any fry in with the muck. After a few weeks it will be time to start catching the males as you see them and place them in single containers. 2 litre coke bottles cut just above the centre line are great for growing out the young to adults (make regular water changes to them and this will make sure they live to be adults like their parents) With the water changes on the bottles, it has to be chlorine free and to do this with no expensive outlay is to obtain a large container like a 200 litre plastic drum. Clean it well, cut the top off and fills with water, place an air stone in it and the next day it will have no chlorine and will be safe to use. With many bottles filled with fighters and female can stay together in one tank. It will be necessary to have a large amount of water ready to use.

I hope this will help anyone that is interested in breeding these beautiful fishes!

Written by Michael Baumann
Lover of ornamental fishes!

life with cancer

My experience with cancer !

Hi all, this is a little about me, I live in north Queensland Townsville. Late last year around September I was diagnosed with aggressive bladder cancer. Before this all started I worked for 40 years nearly 7 days a week and never really had A holiday, the amount of drugs I have used in the last 40 years would have been around two packets of Panadol, I have never really been sick. I have had some issues with kidney stones before and a few broken bones.It started with kidney stones, I went to the hospital with bad pains in the side and had a scan and they told me that I had four stones wedged in between my bladder and kidney. I went home and passed the stones around four days later it was a big relief, but as the days went on I was bleeding excessively. I went back to hospital and had another scan, they told me I had a 2 inch Growth in my bladder. I waited for a letter from the hospital to come in. This took around a week and I was bleeding heavier. I finally got the letter to go in and have a check up to see if I was healthy enough to have the growth removed. I passed the test and then went in and saw A doctor, she examined me and said I was fit for my age, I asked how long it would take before I come in and have it removed as I didn’t have healthcare. She told me could be a couple months before I get seen, I told her that I was bleeding very heavily and I don’t think that I would last that long. She went over my records and asked me to have a blood test today, she said after the blood test go home and we will ring you if there is a problem. I went and had a blood test and within three hours of leaving the hospital the doctor rang me to tell me surgery was the following Wednesday. I went in on the Wednesday morning, I went into surgery and had the growth removed. Thursday morning they told me the bad news that the growth had gone through the bladder wall and I will have to have a bone scan. Another doctor came around and said if I could pee more than 50% of my bladder they would take the catheter out and I could go home. Well I did just that and I was let out at 10 o’clock in the morning 11 o’clock I was back at work everybody that came to the shop said I was crazy that I should be home. A week went by and I had the bone scan which came up fairly good, another week went by and I had to have another two scans abdomen and chest that was on Thursday. On the Tuesday I went to see the oncologists, it wasn’t good news they tell me I have a very aggressive bladder cancer and if I didn’t have the operation next week I wouldn’t be here the following week. I was speechless, sign the papers and was booked in for surgery the following Monday. I was admitted Sunday and was prepared for surgery Monday morning. The Sunday I went in and was admitted, I had to drink around 6 Litres of some sort of solution that would make me empty my bowels, I think I got through around Five litres. Monday morning I was sent down to the theatre and prepared for surgery. I had an epidural in my back cannulas in both arms and I don’t know what else, And gave me A needle to make me drowsy so I couldn’t remember the rest. After surgery I woke up in ICU in a big armchair. When I came to the nurses made me stand up, and it felt like my guts was going to fall out. They return me back into the chair I must’ve dozed off a bit and coming back around I sung out to one of the nurses that I couldn’t breathe properly, two nurses rushed over and one grabbed some ice. She put the ice on my forehead and asked if I could feel it I said cold went down to my chin and did the same thing, I said warm went to my chest and I said I could not feel it. Next thing I heard one nurse saying change protocol change protocol, next thing I realise there was a few nurses standing over me and changing a few things. I think I was lucky I woke up at that time as the epidural was set too high and it was stopping my heart lung from operating, if I didn’t wake up at that time I don’t think I would’ve woke up at all. I can’t remember if I spent two days in ICU and then transferred to a ward. I try not to use the pain relief, all I had to do was press a button and it would administer A pain killer. I had tubes coming out of everywhere, in both arms, In the neck, from my nose and down in my groin. On the second day they took the tube from my nose, and I was glad it was gone. Over the next few days more tubes were taken off of me, I don’t know how many needles and blood tests I had while i was in there. Every morning my doctors coming in and talk to me, they could not believe the progress I was making compared to others that didn’t have this much surgery as I did. They told me I would be in for three weeks plus, but I proved them wrong I was out in two weeks. It was slow going for the first couple of weeks and I was at home doing nothing which is not me. I told the wife I had to go back to work as staying home was killing me. I was told not to lift anything for three months and be at home. I didn’t do much work as it was hard going and very tiring, mainly half days and I was totally exhausted. I did Lift something in the first week and I thought I had ripped something in my stomach, it took a few days for the pain to go. On the third week my temperature went up to 41 Celsius this went on for three days and it was getting unbearable, when we got home on that third day I told my daughter to ring the ambulance. They were here about 10 minutes later, I was that weak I didn’t even know they had turned up until I heard somebody talking. One of them asked me how I was feeling, I told him I feel like I’ve been run over by truck, he then said we’re going to take your temperature, I told him I was already starting to cool down. He took my temp and it was 39.8, mate you’re going to have to go to hospital i heard one say. In hospital they took my temp again and told me A doctor would come and see me. When the doctor came to see me he had told me I have contracted A bug that is why my temp was so high. During that night I was pumped full of medication and many blood tests so they could culture the blood to see what medication would get rid of the bug. They administered some powerful drugs making me feel like shit. After three days they found a drug that would get rid of the bugs that I had. I was on medication for another seven days. Because of the bug I could not get set up for chemo. Two weeks went by and I was called in to see the chemo doctor, he told me that he would start the chemo in the couple of days time. In for chemo I went, when they called me in they sat me down in a nice armchair, hooked me all up and said it would take around 3 1/2 hours. It was 5 1/2 hours later I was finished. The next chemo was a weeks time. I didn’t really have a reaction with the first lot, two days after the second lot my temperature rose to 41° again, so another trip to the hospital and they had told me I had another bug, so another dose of drugs for another 10 days. When the third dose of chemo came about, the same thing happened two days later temperature rose to 41 again so another 10 days of high dosage drugs. The chemo doctor said he would reduce the rate. So the next bout of chemo did the same thing. I was sick of all these tests and then telling me that I had a bug which they could not find in the urine in my blood and even A swab of my nose revealed no bugs, I asked the doctor if you cannot find a bug in my system why are you giving me all these bad drugs. His answer was I did have a bug somewhere, my answer to him was if you cannot find a bug I do not Want to take any more drugs. I told him it was the chemo that was putting my temperature that high. Anyway after all that was over I had to go back and see the chemo bloke as they wanted me to have more chemo. In all I was supposed to have six months of chemo,i think if i went through the 6 months of chemo i don’t think i would still be here, after that first month I told them no more chemo for me. I would do it all natural, first I was taking soursop leaves (100 leaves to 11 glasses of water boil for 15 minutes) then drink one glass a day. I did this for around a month or so and then changed to neem leaves. One branch has around 10 to 12 leaves on it, so i took six of these branches and placed 2 L of water to boil. boil until the water is reduced to one litre, cool and bottle then put in fridge and have half a glass a day I do this in the morning on an empty stomach. I did this for over four months, plus some veggie juices in the morning and a few tins of asparagus. Six months have gone by with no dramas, however still took a long time for the chemo to disappear out of my body I had another appointment to see the doctor, my oncologist, the one that did the surgery. After the meeting with him, He had told me that I was looking very good compared to the last Time he saw me, he had booked me in A months Time so they could put a camera in and have a look if there was anything new growing. That time came round and saw me back in hospital, they put camera in to have a look, they were very impressed that everything looked very good and said they would not have to see me for another 12 months. He told me that the nodes in my left lower lung haven’t grown but would still like me to go for another month of chemo. I told him straight away that I didn’t want any more chemo. however he would Book me a time to see the chemo doc again. This was about a week later I went and saw the chemo bloke and he told me that he would reduce the rate again and I told him no I was not going to have chemo at this point in time. So they had cleared me off the list and if I wanted to come back and have chemo I’ll have to get a referral from my doctor first. He also told me that he would make an appointment for another Scan to see how things are going. I was still taking all the natural things before going to the scan. I have another appointment to see the chemo bloke and on the day of seeing him he was smiling shook my hand and said he was very pleased with my results, nothing has grown, kidney back to original size, on the same breath he told me I didn’t have two have another scan for six months. While this was going on I did see the physiotherapist on a few occasions who told me what I was supposed to be doing and what could happen if I didn’t do them. I have been told all these things before I left the hospital. She was very pleased with all the results and what I was saying, she said I would not have to see her again. I have stopped taking the neem leaves and have found another natural substance that I am taking for the next two months. One thing that I have done is to make sure I drink high alkaline water, which I get from magnesium beads that are placed in my water pot at work which holds 8 L and at home I have one that holds 15 L with two sachets in each. these magnesium beads never has to be replaced and last a lifetime and keep a pH in the water around nine which is very alkaline. Another substance I am using is A tonic which helps my immune system, it is made of a few barks of trees,kelp and many other substances that are natural. And the last thing is an extract of a Japanese mushroom. I’m taking these for two months and the next time I had a scan hopefully my cell count Will be zero cross my fingers. At the moment I am back to about 100% compared to four months ago at around 20%. People that see me and know me say that I look very good have good colour in my skin. Don’t get me wrong it was a hard battle, I did suffer a few times and had my ups and downs, however I still kept a positive attitude and said I was gonna beat this. I am now taking a tonic and taiga extract which is A Japanese mushroom. when they examined the iceman found this fungi in a satchel.The man they found buried in the ice, Which they called the Iceman. They grew this
fungi and found out the name of it, it is called fometopsis pinicola. The bottle comes with an eyedropper and you take three eyedroppers first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, you do this for four days and then have three days off. At the same time I am taking a tonic which is made out of Bark from certain trees, and a few other ingredients, this is supposed to boost my a immune system, I take this everyday for two months as with the Japanese mushroom extract. this is it until i find out more.