What to Wear to a Garden Party

 

Few events are more enjoyable than a garden party. There is no better way to spend a day than in a beautiful setting, under the summer sun and surrounded by your loved ones.

However, choosing the perfect outfit can be difficult, as you will not want to be either over- or underdressed. For help selecting the right look, read the following advice on what to wear to a garden party.

Keep it Casual

Most garden parties don’t come with a strict dress code; however, most people choose to keep it casual. For example, you can wear everything from a pretty floral t shirt paired with and stylish plus size jeans and sandals to a stylish summer dress or a pair of shorts. The choice is yours.

Stay Cool with Lighter Colors

Leave the dark hues at home when attending a garden party. Not only will you stand out for the wrong reasons, but it can increase your body temperature. Instead, wear lighter colors that will keep you cool throughout the outdoor party. For example, white hues, pastel shades, and primary colors are an ideal choice and will perfectly complement the season.

Blend in with a Floral Print

To perfectly blend in with the flowers, plants and a koi pond, you should wear floral to a garden party. A floral summer dress can be a pretty, casual option that suits the event and the print is on trend almost every spring/summer season.

A floral dress can also look effortlessly stylish when paired with:

  • Sandals
  • Wedges
  • Kitten heels
  • Flats

Remain Comfortable with Flowing Fabrics

The last thing you will want is to feel uncomfortable under the intense sun. Ensure you don’t feel more than a little toasty by adorning loose, flowing fabrics, so you will feel comfortable when mixing with friends or family members throughout the party. If you don’t, it could ruin all your fun, as you might be tempted to go back indoors or head home.

Protect Your Eyesight with Sunglasses

It can be easy to neglect your eyesight when in the sun, as you might be busy talking to others, dancing to music or helping to fire up a delicious BBQ. For this reason, you should try to wear a stylish pair of sunglasses as much as possible throughout the garden party, which can prevent damage to your vision and can complement any spring/summer outfit.

Shield Your Skin with an SPF

It is, of course, important to look beyond your wardrobe when attending a garden party, as you must shield your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. In addition to picking the perfect outfit and perfecting your hair for the garden party, you also should apply an SPF of 30+, which can prevent painful sunburn and permanent skin damage.

A garden party isn’t a formal affair. If you wear light, bright and comfortable clothing that complements your style, you are bound to blend in perfectly with the crowd and have a good time with your loved ones.

10 Beautiful koi fish paintings feng shui

koi fish for sale digital painting koi fish feng shui

Here are the top 10 Beautiful koi fish paintings feng shui that we sell

1) 9 Beautiful koi fish with waterfalls and Lotus Flower 

8 Colored beautiful koi fish, yondan kohaku or 3 steps kohaku, Godan or 4 Step kohaku, tancho kohaku and sanke and 1 Black koi fish shiro utsuri

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2) 9 Beautiful koi fish 3 Yambuki Ogon and 6 Sanke Koi fish Chinese Calligraphy painting 

9 koi fish chinese calligraphy painting

The yellow yamabuki represent a gold-colored koi. These gold-colored fish symbolize fortune and wealth. The Japanese term for them is yamabuki.

The Kohaku, Sanke and Showa varieties of koi are collectively known as the gosanke. In this case the “go” does not mean five, but refers to three noble Japanese families.

It is often said that a Sanke is a white koi with red and black pattern markings and a Showa is a black koi with red and white pattern markings.

The gold or yellow lotus flower represents the gaining of enlightenment.

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3) 9 koi fish 3 red koi and 6 green koi with lotus & water lily chinese koi fish painting

9 koi fish with lotus & water lily chinese koi fish painting

The red koi often has the connotation of love. Not just any love—a very intense love. A red or orange koi is a symbol for the mother of the family, and a red or pink koi is a symbol for a daughter. Red koi can also symbolize power and bravery, both common associations with the color red.

black koi because there is a relation to adversity but it is also used to symbolize strength, courage, bravery to challenge the odds in order to create one’s own destiny and get reborn. It can serve as a symbol of rebirth.

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4) 9 Sanke koi fish Chinese Calligraphy painting & Lotus flower

chinese calligraphy 9 koi fish feng shui painting

These are the Symbolic meaning behind the painting

Cherry Blossom meaning in Asian cultures is generally industrious,
brave, and wise and has become a national and cultural symbol for many Asian countries.

The Cherry Blossom is a symbol of joy and love. The Cherry Blossom is said to promote spiritual awareness, and love.

Koi is the next prized fish in the feng shui world. … The typical number for Koi fish in a feng shui aquarium is 9 (8 brightly colored koi and 1 black koi fish).

The black fish is there to neutralize bad luck. You can also find feng shui cures with 2 koi fish, this being a feng shui cure to attract love and fidelity.

falling leaves symbolize

Leaf. While GREEN leaves depict hope, renewal, and revival, dead
leaves represent decay and sadness.

In general, leaves are symbolic of fertility and growth, and in the
Chinese tradition the leaves of the Cosmic Tree represent all of the beings in the universe.

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5)9 beautiful Chinese calligrapy painting 2 kohaku, 2 chagoi, 3 hariwake and 2 shiro utsuri

koi fish paintings feng shui

meaning of bamboo in calligraphy paintings

Bamboo’s Meaning. In ancient China, bamboo represented the Confucian value of moral virtue. …

Traditional bamboo paintings are both a type of painting and a type of calligraphy.

They are made using the same type of ink and the same strokes as
used in Chinese calligraphy for writing Chinese characters.

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Reason Whey We choose to Koi fish feng shui digital painting are as follows

koi painting koi fish feng shui digital print on canvas can bring luck to your home too.

Koi is the next prized fish in the feng shui world. A decorative variety of carp, koi come in several bright colors such as red, yellow, blue, white and sometimes black.

The typical number for Koi fish in a feng shui aquarium is 9 (8 brightly colored koi and 1 black koi fish).

The black fish is there to neutralize bad luck. You can also find feng shui cures with 2 koi fish, this being a feng shui cure to attract love and fidelity.

There are also paintings with any number of koi fish in a stream, which is used to represent a fresh flow of abundance. Still, best numbers are considered either 9 or multiples of 9.

Koi carps: the feng shui lucky fish
All over the world fish and especially koi carps are regarded as lucky fish that brings prosperity.

Koi carps are also famous for their longevity (one famous scarlet koi, named “Hanako,” was reported to be 225 years).

The fish symbol has long been associated with abundance and wealth in feng shui, thus there are many cures that depict fish for prosperity.

However, there are different types of fish used in feng shui for wealth cures – there is Arowana, Koi fish (carp) and of course, the Goldfish.

There are also specific requirements as to using a feng shui aquarium for wealth and prosperity.

And, what is the difference between various types of fish in terms of feng shui applications?

The symbology of fish, in general, is closely associated with the energy of water.

The mysterious, the unknown, the bringer of life — all these (and more) are associations with the power of the water element.

Feng shui adds the dimension of prosperity and abundance to the meaning of water. However, while widely used in many feng shui cures for wealth, water as a symbol of abundance is not unique to feng shui, but rather common to any culture, especially an agriculture-based society.

So, to put it in very simple terms, water is a life giver, thus a symbol of continuous abundance. The fish would be a giver of sustenance or nourishment, this is why it is associated with health, wealth, and prosperity. The symbol of fish was celebrated as sacred in many cultures and in many stages of human history — from Greek and Roman mythology to the worlds of Celts, Hindu, Buddhism, and Christianity.

In Chinese culture, the symbol of fish is generally attributed two qualities. The first one is the aspect of abundance (because of the above-mentioned qualities, as well as the ability of fish to quickly reproduce in quite big quantities). Then, of course, the Chinese word for fish (yu) is pronounced the same way as abundance.

The other, less-known aspect of Chinese fish symbology, is the fidelity and good companionship association because many fish swim in pairs. So now when you see a Chinese feng shui image with two fishes swimming — which will most probably be Koi fish and definitely not Arowana — you know that you can use this image as a feng shui cure for love and successful marriage (which does include the abundance component, of course!).

In choosing the best feng shui cure for your home, its potency will depend on how well the cure works for your home, as well as how much you actually like the cure. For example, if you love a specific image of fish, and find a place for it in the right feng shui bagua area that really compliments your decor, this will work as an excellent feng shui cure!

On the other hand, if you choose an aquarium because you think it is the best feng shui fish cure, but neither you nor your home actually like it, then its energy will not work as a good feng shui cure for you.

How about the images with many fish, does the number matter? And, as we asked before, which fish is better for attracting wealth and prosperity? Is an image of fish as potent, feng shui-wise, as an aquarium with live fish?

What does Koi Fish feng shui Digital Painting Canvas Painting represent in Fengshui?

Going by the saying, Koi fish are very brave by nature and therefore they represent courage and determination. They fight their way upstream to achieve their target. It is said that this action of the Koi is analogous to human suffering and the toil which human’s see in their lives. These attributes of the Koi fish are seen in many humans who are extremely driven by nature and want to make something of their lives or achieve certain goals.

Another very important thing that Koi fish stand for is status and wealth. In Chinese culture Koi fish represent ‘abundance .Koi fish paintings can attract flow of wealth and luck if placed at appropriate places in the home or business.

Apart from the fact that they beautify the house, a lot of people believe in the Koi’s abilities to ward off bad omen and attract wealth and happiness. The Japanese and the Chinese strongly believe that a Koi fish Painting at home can bring good fortune and good health to the owner.
What kind of Koi Fish Painting is Ideal?

If you wish to have luck and wealth on your side, then a painting of eight red and white Koi Fish is ideal. The number eight stands for prosperity in feng shui practices. Red koi symbolizes true love while white on the other hand is a symbol of progress in career. So, a painting with red and white color koi fish will result in perfect balance and harmony in your family as well as professional life.

I have 3 other types of koi painting if you choose the other 3 koi painting design message me first before you order thanks

Digital painting is an emerging art form in which traditional painting techniques (such as watercolor, oils, impasto, etc.) are applied by means of a computer, a digitizing tablet and stylus, and software. I work with a Wacom tablet, Corel Painter, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

Digital painting is a type of digital art but it is not computer-generated art, in that it does not involve the computer automatically generating an image from mathematical models created by the artist. In digital painting, the artist uses painting techniques to create the image directly on the computer.

Digital painting is also distinct from digital manipulation of photographs, in that it is an original construction from scratch. While photographic elements may be incorporated into digital paintings, they are not the primary basis or source for them. In some of my images, I use no photographic elements at all.

To be continued …

where to buy koi fish in the philippines

where to buy koi fish in the philippines

The Video is our koi mud pond fish cage
If you are wondering where to buy koi fish For Sale philippines. It is easy to find nowadays you can google koi fish for sale philippines and you can see a list of koi fish seller like us Giobel Koi Center for example.

where to buy koi fish in the philippines

Here in the Philippines the popular koi fish market online is facebook groups. You can find hobbyists selling their koi fish in facebook groups.

But you need to be careful in dealing with these koi fish dealer in philippines. You need to do your own homework. You need to do a little investigation of your own.

There are a lot of bad scammers who also post koi fish for sale on facebook. So my advice is to check the seller facebook profile. If the seller account is new and using fake names then this is a warning already.

The best way to find a good reputation seller is to check on their social media profiles like the facebook page and look for the customer’s review.

You can also check on google maps listings and check on the reviews and look on the locations. Check the photos interior and exterior koi farm facilities

This is how Google Maps Location looks like this is our location Giobel Koi Center https://goo.gl/maps/PmeuTpqjkEy

Check also if the koi fish dealer in philippines have good and trusted website like for example our site https://www.giobelkoicenter.com/ which have SSL applies to all sites, whether they have personal information or not. That means that even if your site doesn’t have a checkout page, login pages, or any financial or sensitive personal information,

If the seller have a good website with security this seller is serious on its business its not a fly by night seller and you are confident that you will not be scam.

However, if you like to purchase koi fish dealer in philippines from facebook koi groups check the seller address and buy on sellers that near you so that you can visit his house.

You can also find koi fish dealer in philippines posting their koi fish for sale at Olyx so same procedures only buy sellers that near your place so that you can visit his house.

My advice to you if you want to buy koi fish for sale philippines Buy at Giobel Koi Center they are in the business since 2012.

You can also visit aquarium store philippines near your place most of the aquarium stores sell koi fish too.

how much is koi fish in philippines

The koi fish pricing really depends on how much the koi fish seller believe the value of his/her koi fish. as for us Giobel Koi Center We have our own koi fish price list in the philippines. We based our koi fish pricing from sizes and quality. You can check out koi fish price list philippines

You can also refer pricing from olx for koi fish pricing.

koi fish price list in the philippines

japanese koi fish sale philippines

There are many koi fish pet stores who are selling imported japanese koi fish, like Albino Lee of Davao owner of KOI VILLAGE Pet Mall, operated by Advanced Hobbyist Genetic Breeding Station, Inc., is one of the largest koi (Japanese colored carps) mart in the Philippines today where there are over 4000 koi on display for sale at any given time. koi-village- … All of our Koi’s are free from fish lice (Argulus) or Anchor Worm (Lernea

koi fish painting for sale philippines

We are also selling koi fish paintings, like koi fish feng shui paintings, koi fish yin yang and koi fish paintings chinise calligraphy style

koi fish in the philippines

I wonder how many Filipinos now are interested in keeping koi fish so I check on google trends and the graph is not bad at all since for the past 12 months there is a monthly interest sometimes high sometimes low but never zero.

koi fish in the philippines trends

And this is the interest by Regions the top region who are interested in koi fish in the philippines is Central Visayas, second Western Visayas, 3rd Davao Region, 4th Calabarzon and 5th is Northern Mindanao

koi fish in the philippines Interest by subregion

And now lets look on Facebook Audience insights since Filipinos are heavy facebook users and their are a lot of facebook groups and pages that sells koi fish.

So here is the results

koi fish interest facebook audience insights

So, I am right most of the searches that are interested in koi fish here in the Philippines use facebook since the monthly active people who are into koi, koi pond and fish pond interest in facebook are about 200 to 250 thousand.

The Demographic is 61% Men and 39% women are interested in koi fish

So, my conclusion more and more Filipinos now are interested in koi fish keeping and I think it will be growing because of information now are easily spread through social media platforms like facebook, instagram, youtube and also google search.

If you have any thoughts on my article about where to buy koi fish in the philippines and current koi fish trends in the philippines just leave in the comments below.

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protecting koi from herons 10 ways

protecting koi from herons

Here are some tricks to try: Use a heron decoy. A decoy like the Blue Heron Decoy, in your pond.

Create obstacles around the pond. Herons land around the perimeter of a pond and walk up to the water.

Startle them with water. Provide hiding places for your fish

What is the best heron deterrent?

.1) Pond Netting. …
2) Koi and Goldfish Shelter. …
3) Electric Pond Fencing. …
4) Automatic Heron Sprinkler. …
6) Blue Heron Decoy. …
7) Alligator Decoy. …
8) Mirrors or reflective surfaces.

How do I keep herons away from my pond?

Use a heron decoy. A decoy like the Pond Logic® Blue Heron Decoy, in your pond. …
Create obstacles around the pond. Herons land around the perimeter of a pond and walk up to the water. …
Startle them with water. …
Provide hiding places for your fish. full article here from Pond Guy

Protecting koi from Herons. Herons are beautiful, majestic birds that have one major flaw.

Herons love to feast on Koi, and where better than to find Koi fish then an unattended Koi pond or garden?

When you first notice a Heron in your garden, you may not even think of these birds as a danger.

Herons are 2 or 3 feet tall, with an extremely large wingspan.

They appear to be extremely graceful until you realize that the
beautiful sight you were just looking at could have potentially been a thief caught in the act.

If you noticed that your fish are missing in action, chances are a Heron is to blame.

You may even notice large gaping holes in the sides of your Koi.

This happens when a Heron attempts to catch one of your Koi fish, but does not get a good grip on it.

The other will notice their Koi laying on the lawn several feet away
from the pond, which is the result of a Heron dropping the Koi after removing it from the pond.

While nothing can completely stop this from happening, you can
do a few things to detour Herons from eating your pride stock of Koi.

While there are many types of technical equipment available to
attempt to detour Herons, you will quickly find that these types of
detours will only work for a small amount of time.

Protecting koi Some pond owners place a fake plastic Heron into their garden.

This is supposed to detour another Heron from landing there.

This works for parts of the season until the mating season comes.

Herons will be more likely to land near your plastic Heron when they are looking for a mate.

Various other types of equipment attempt to detour Herons by causing them discomfort.

This only works until the Heron get used to it, or just finds a way around it.

The only way to protect your Koi is by watching out for them.

A few simple things will not prevent Heron from visiting your
pond, but it will greatly reduce the presence of them.

Constantly change your routine. Herons are smart and know when you will typically be present.

Visiting your pond frequently at various times during the day will
greatly increase the chance that you will catch the Heron in action.

If you are unable to vary your routine, you may consider enlisting others to visit your pond as well.

Older, trustworthy children in the neighborhood may delight in
visiting your pond at various times of the day.

Giving them permission to visit whenever they want will allow
others to visit when you are unable too.

If you catch a Heron in the act, make as much noise and frighten the Heron as much as you physically can.

Shout, yell, throw things, or whatever you feel will scare the Heron.

The more frightened the Heron is, the less chance he is to return anytime soon.

Protecting koi Create a hiding place in your pond for your Koi fish.

More natural Koi pond owners have noticed that after a Heron
attacks a pond, it may seem that the Heron has got all the fish, only
to notice that the Koi start appearing from strange hiding places once the scare is over.

If you purposely provide a place for your Koi to hide in the event of
an attack, you greatly reduce the amount of fish that a Heron will leave with.

Do not worry about your Koi hiding from you, as they should know and trust that you will not hurt (or eat) them.

Do not restock your pond right away in the event of a Heron attack. Waiting to restock may send the Heron searching for new feeding grounds

Check out also koi art for koi fish paintings

How do you protect koi from predators?

Get Your Pet Dog to Help Protect Koi. Your guard dog, when trained to stay by or anywhere near the pond, can effectively scare away predators. …
Use Decoys Wisely. …
Install Motion-Activated Sprinklers or Alarms. …
Give Your Koi Safe Hiding Places.

How do I get rid of herons?

Place fish tunnels at the bottom of the pond. …
Install an alligator decoy in the pond. …
Fill the pond with the maximum amount of water possible.

What is the best heron deterrent?

All the below recommendations will help heron proof your garden pond and provide extra protection for your pond fish.
1) Pond Netting.
2) Koi and Goldfish Shelter.
3) Electric Pond Fencing.
4) Automatic Heron Sprinkler.
6) Blue Heron Decoy.
7) Alligator Decoy.
8) Mirrors or reflective surfaces.

 

indian almond leaves for betta 5 health benefits for your betta fish

indian almond leaf for betta

indian almond leaf 5 Amazing proven health benefits list

indian almond leaf locally known here in my place as  “Talisay leaf” is commonly used as betta fish breeding stimulant by local betta fish breeders but the breeders here did not really know what are the reason and properties that the indian almond leaf has that can stimulate the betta fish to breed.

 

They used it also to treat sick betta fish and groom betta fish coloration but not knowing the background of the indian almond leaf ingredients that has the antifungal or antibacterial properties.

 

Let’s dive into what are the benefits of Indian almond leaf that can give your betta fish

  1. can stimulate the betta fish to breed because of its tannin. The Indian almond leaf tannin can change the water chemistry of your breeding tank turning it similar to the betta fish natural habitat in the wild and for this reason, the betta fish will be triggered to breed.
  2.  can be used as betta fish conditioner for battle preparation and helps cure the wound after battle
  3. can be used as water conditioner for newly bought betta fish this will help the newly betta fish adjust faster to its new home.
  4. can also be used as betta fry food when added to the betta fry tanks since it can introduce an infusoria culter 
  5. also can be used as a color enhancer to betta fish

indian almond leaf extract for betta fish

If you’re an Betta fish keeper, you are a fan of using  Indian almond leaves (also known as Catappa leaves). for your Betta

These leaves of the Terminalia catappa tree are especially popular in the betta and shrimp hobby as a natural medicine and water conditioner.

It can be used as a combat fungus and bacterial problems like finrot, and prevent stress by mimicking the natural habitat.

But how, when and why should you use them?

What are Indian almond leaves?

As mentioned before, Indian almond leaves are the leaves of the Terminalia catappa tree, which grows in large parts of Asia.

The leaves are usually harvested by simply picking them off the ground. After drying them, they are ready for use in the aquarium.

You can import Indian almond leaves directly, but nowadays they are also available in some pet-/aquarium stores and online!

What do Indian almond leaves do?

When placed in an aquarium, Indian almond leaves slowly start to decompose.

While this happens they turn the water a yellow or brown color by releasing tannins.

These tannins lower the pH and are said to have antifungal and antibacterial properties, which comes in very handy when you have a fish suffering from finrot or when you’re raising vulnerable fry.

The dark color of the water is considered unsightly by some aquarists, but it actually mimics the natural habitat of many fish species! This definitely makes it something to consider embracing.

Based on my personal experience  I will testify that adding Indian Almond leaves in your betta tank will make your betta fish healthier and spawn faster.

Evenly newly bought betta fish when you add Indian Almond leaves to its tank it can recover immediately from transportation stress and even shown spawning behavior immediately by building bubble nest immediately.

I personally testify it.

If I missed something about talisay leaf other uses please feel free to leave it in the comment section below or to my youtube video your comment and suggestion is highly appreciated.

What are Indian almond leaves used for?

Indian Almond Leaves are commonly used for conditioning and care of Bettas. …

Simply adding Indian Almond Leaves to your aquarium will release compounds from the leaves which alter the chemistry of the water,

making the aquarium more similar to the habitat from which the fish hails.

What is the common name of Terminalia Catappa?

Terminalia catappa is a large tropical tree in the leadwood tree family, Combretaceae, that grows mainly in the tropical regions of Asia, Africa, and Australia.

It is known by the English common names country-almond, Indian-almond, Malabar-almond, sea-almond, tropical-almond and false kamani.

indian almond leaves this is a good article from indianalmondleaves.com

Using Indian almond leaves in aquariums
Indian almond leaves (IAL) have traditionally been used by Betta (Siamese Fighting Fish) breeders in South East Asia to mimic the natural Betta habitat.

They are believed to aid the fish in a number of ways, such as helping fighting fish heal after a battle and inducing spawning in breeding tanks.

 

Unfortunately, the affect of Indian almond leaves on aquarium fish has not been scientifically studied yet so it is difficult to separate the truth from the myth.

I can only speak from personal experience and my own good track record using Indian almond leaves, and base my conclusions on reports gathered from other fish keepers.

 

Why do aquarists use Indian almond leaves?
The poor man’s water conditioner
Indian almond leaves are often described as ”the poor man’s water conditioner” due to their capacity of altering the water chemistry in an aquarium.

In the wild, fish evolve to fit into their particular habitat and having to live in another type of environment in captivity is often difficult for them.

Even if your fish manages to survive in less than ideal conditions, there is a great difference between thriving and merely staying alive.

If your fish hails from a habitat where leaves and other plant debris regularly falls into the water and decompose, your fish will be used to that kind of environment and trying to mimic it in the aquariums is strongly recommended.

Leaves that fall into the water release a myriad of different compounds, from trace minerals to dyes, and animals living in the water adapt to having all these different compounds readily available.

When we place fish in our “clean” and rather unnatural aquariums, we in avertedly deprive them of access to a long row of different compounds present in their native habitat.

If your fish hails from the type of environment described above, Indian almond leaves are one way of making life in captivity a little more natural for your pet.

Just like driftwood and peat, Indian almond leaves release ample amounts of tannins into the water. The tannins affect the pH-value (how much will depend on the buffer capacity of your water) and you will also see how the water turns dark – just like a blackwater river.

Needless to say, water rich in tannins is appreciated by fish species that hail from such environments in the wild. So called blackwater habitats are formed when rivers flow slowly through heavily forested areas where falling leaves and other plant debris end up decomposing in the water.

You can find more detailed information about the chemistry of Indian almond leaves in on the Indian almond leaves chemistry page. That page also includes a section on blackwater habitats.

N.B! Using almond leaves will give the water in your aquarium a yellow to reddish tea-coloured shade. Exactly how dark the water gets depends on the concentration of tannins in the water.

Some aquarists dislike this tint which they find unsightly, but try to keep in mind that for fish hailing from blackwater habitats this dark water is actually the normal state of things and the crispy “clean” 100% transparent water without any hint of colour favoured by many aquarists is quite unnatural for them.

Is it true that Indian almond leaves prevent and cure diseases in aquariums?
Indian almond leaves are rich in compounds produces by the tree to protect itself against bacteria, fungi and similar organisms.

Because of this, it has been speculated that adding Indian almond leaves to an aquarium will decrease the risk of disease in the tank or even help fish. As far as I know, no one has yet carried out any scientific study to verify this claim.

Compounds found in Indian almond leaves have however been researched for their potential health benefits for the human body.

Quercetin, a type of flavonoid found in Indian almond leaves, is for instance considered anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties1 , while several other flavonoids present in these leaves – such as kaempferol – decrease the risk of developing certain types of cancer.[2 ][3 ]

Fish kept in an environment that mimic its natural habitat tend to grow stronger and heartier, i.e. more apt at fending off malicious microorganisms.

As an aquarists, it is therefore difficult to determine if Indian almond leaves actually cures and prevent disease by killing of bacteria and fungi, or if it is simply a question of the leaves boosting the fish’s own immune system by providing it with an ideal water quality when it comes to pH-value, tannins, etc.

Natural hiding spots and infusoria supply
Using Indian almond leaves is not just about chemistry. You may think leaf litter looks ugly, but for a long row of fishes it feels just like home. Leaves and leaf litter makes the environment more natural.

Bottom dwelling fish love to hide among sunken leaves, while surface and mid-water dwellers like the sense of security offered by floating leaves.

Indian almond leaves are also nice for fish and invertebrates to nibble on between meals, and the leaves serve as home and food for infusoria.

Can Indian almond leaves be used to change the sex ratio of Betta fish?
A lot of rumors circulate about South-East Asian Betta breeders using Indian almond leaves to increase the male-to-female ratio in the batches. Personally, I’ve noticed no difference in sex ratio when using Indian almond leaves.

When do aquarists use Indian almond leaves?
Indian almond leave
Indian Almonf leaf
What fish will like Indian almond leaves and what won’t?
Indian almond leaves are ideal for fish that hails from environments where the water is rich in leaf debris. A few examples of such fishes are bettas and other gouramis, blackwater tetras, discus, rasboras and many dwarf cichlids. You need to research your particular species to see if it hails from this type of water.

Indian almond leaves are not recommended for fish that like hard and alkaline water, such as African cichlids from the Great Rift Valley lakes.

Examples of situations when Indian almond leaves are commonly used
Some aquarists use Indian leaves all the time, while others use them only for special purposes, i.e. when the feel that their fish needs some extra pampering. It is especially common to use IAL…

  • When setting up a new aquarium
  • When a new fish is introduced to an aquarium
  • To induce breeding, especially in Bettas
  • When setting up and maintaining a fry aquarium
  • When a fish is sick, especially if the sickness affects the skin
    In the plastic transport bag when a fish is moved to a new home
  • When keeping delicate fish species that are considered difficult to keep and breed in captivity
    If you use Indian almond leaves all the time, remember that you may have to “wean” your fish off them if you plan on selling your fish to an aquarist that won’t use Indian almond leaves. A fish that has been raised among Indian almond leaves or spent a long time in an IAL-tank may not handle a rapid move to a different environment well.

How do aquarists use Indian almond leaves?
Preparations

Keep your Indian almond leaves in a dry place at room temperature until you wish to use them. Dry leaves can be stored for at least 6 months in a suitable environment (preferably a container that is airtight, watertight and prevents light from entering).
If the tree may have been sprayed with pesticides or grows in a big city with lots of pollution, rinse the Indian almond leaves well in tap water before placing it in your tank.
Do not use Indian almond leaves that are mouldy.
Remove active carbon, purigen and similar from the aquarium before adding your Indian almond leaves.
If you’re in a hurry, you can cut the leaves into smaller pieces since this will make them leach their content into the water more rapidly.
Dosage
Dosages below are based on 15-25 cm (6-10 in) leaves. If your leaf is smaller or bigger, you need to adjust the figures accordingly.

Using 2 leaves per 50 L (13 us gallons) of water is a good rule of thumb, but be prepared to adjust the dosage to suit your particular fish. Some Betta keepers routinely use up to 2 leaves per 15 L (4 us gallons) of water in their everyday tanks.
Betta breeders normally use 1 leaf per 20 L (5 us gallons) of water in breeding tanks.
In fry rearing tanks, use 1 leaf per 40 L (10 us gallons) of water.
For how long?

Unless you anchor the leaves using a rock or similar, they will normally float for 2-3 days before sinking. Sinking is natural and it doesn’t mean that your have to change the leaves.

The leaves will normally disintegrate after a month or two, depending on how actively your fish tries to destroy them.

Aquarists that dislike the sight of torn leaves normally replace the leaves every 2-3 week, but this is purely for aesthetical reasons.

There is usually no need to change the leaves more often than every second month.
Indian almond leaves in fry tanks

In a fry tank, Indian almond leaves are beneficial in several different ways. In addition to all the positive effects described above, the leaves serve as home and food for infusoria; minute aquatic creatures like ciliates, euglenoids, and protozoa.

Due to its size and nutritional content, infusoria is an excellent food source for newly hatched fry from a long row of species.

In addition to this, many species of fry are naturally inclined to hide among leaves and leaf litter and will feel safer and less stressed in a fry tank that isn’t completely barren.

Indian almond leaf for hospital tank
Instead of routinely adding Indian almond leaves to the aquarium, some aquarists prefer to set up a separate IAL-tank and let their fish spend some time in it when the fish seem to be a bit under the weather, e.g. due to skin abrasions.

This is not a quick fix – you should be prepared to let your fish stay in the hospital tank for at least 2-3 weeks. (Having a separate hospital tank will also prevent spreading of infectious disease and keep other more healthy fish in the main aquarium from taking advantage of a weakened tank mate.)

As always, the hospital tank must naturally be very similar to the ordinary aquarium when it comes to temperature etc, otherwise your will shock your fish.

Traditional conditioning for Siamese Fighting fish
According to professional breeders of Siamese Fighting fish in South East Asia, Indian almond leaves will harden and coat the skin of the fish, thus making it more apt for fighting.

The idea is that Siamese fighers living without Indian almond leaves have softer skin and scales that aren’t smooth and slippery enough to handle being bitten by other fighters.

The fish is therefore conditioned using Indian almond leaves for at least seven days prior to a fight. A clay pot is filled with clean, aged water, the leaves are added, and the fish will live in the pot and be fed live food once a day.

The pot is placed in a dark and quite place to help the fish prepare.
After a fight, a similar treatment is given to help the fish recover from its injuries.

Frequently Asked Questions
Is it true that Indian almond leaves remove heavy metals from the aquarium?
I come across this claim now and then, but I have seen no explanation for exactly how it would work or any scientific studies regarding IAL and heavy metals.

Bogwood is commonly used among aquarists to reduce the toxicity of metals; perhaps decaying leaf matter works in a similar way.

When organic matter (i.e. not just Indian almond leaves) are turned into humus by bacteria and fungi, toxic substances such as heavy metals can be chelated, i.e. bound to the complex organic molecules of humus.

This can prevent the metals from entering the wider ecosystem, but will not remove them. For us aquarists, it means that the heavy metals will still be present in our tanks – only bonded to humus.

I have never used copper based medication in an aquarium together with Indian almond leaves so I can’t tell if the leaves decrease the effectiveness of the medicine or not.

Can I use Indian almond leaves in my planted tank?
Yes, Indian almond leaves can safely be used in planted aquariums. Of course, plants that like alkaline waters won’t appreciate the drop in pH-value, but why would you keep such plants with acidic loving fish in the first place?

Can I combine Indian almond leaves with activated carbon or purigen?
Activated carbon, purigen and similar will decrease the effect of Indian almond leaves and should therefore be removed from the aquarium prior to IAL use.

Is there any way of getting rid of the colour?
If you for some reason wish to get the tannins out of the water, you can use activated carbon or simply do a lot of water changes. Just remember that the positive properties of the Indian almond leaf will vanish as well.
Alternatives to using whole leaves

Indian almond leaves in a tea bag
If you hate the look of Indian almond leaves in your aquarium, there are vendors that sell IAL tea bags to soak in the water. Of course, using teabags will not give your fish any leaf litter to hide among or nibble on.

Making your own Indian almond leaf concentrate
Another alternative for those who dislike having leaves in the tank is to boil the leaves and make a concentrated Indian almond tea to pour directly into the aquarium water. Simply place the leaves in a pot filled with water and bring to a boil. Boil until the water darkens. The tea can be stored in an airtight bottle in the fridge.
Recipe for a 375 L or 100 us gallon aquarium:
15 to 20 leaves (15-25 cm / 6-10 in)
10 L or 2.5 us gallons of water
N.B! The tea must naturally have roughly the same temperature as the aquarium water when you add it, i.e. not to warm or too cold.

What do Almond leaves do for bettas?

The tannins released by the leaves help create water conditions that are similar to those in the natural habitat of the fish, which means ideal breeding conditions.

If you’re trying to get your bettas or Crystal Red shrimp to breed, adding a few Indian almond leaves to the breeding tank can speed up the process!

What do Indian almond leaves do?

Indian Almond Leaves are commonly used for conditioning and care of Bettas. They are believed to aid the fish in a number of ways, they increase fertility, health, and vigour.

Reduce Ph in water, aid in the recovery of diseased or damaged fish and the tannin quickly colours the water.

What are almond leaves used for?

Indian almond leaves (IAL) have traditionally been used by Betta (Siamese Fighting Fish) breeders in South East Asia to mimic the natural Betta habitat.

They are believed to aid the fish in a number of ways, such as helping fighting fish heal after a battle and inducing spawning in breeding tanks.

Do Indian almond leaves lower PH?

When Indian Almond leaves are immersed in water, the tannins and humic substances are released, which can lower the pH of the water.

 

References:

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2: Baek Nam-In; Kennelly E.J.; Kardono L.B.S.; Tsauri S.; Padmawinata K.; Soejarto D.D.; Kinghorn A.D., “Flavonoids and a proanthrocyanidin from rhizomes of Selliguea feei”. Phytochemistry, 1994, vol. 36, no2, pp. 513-518 (19 ref.)

3: Ute Nöthlings, Suzanne P. Murphy, Lynne R. Wilkens, Brian E. Henderson & Laurence N. Kolone. 2007. “Flavonols and Pancreatic Cancer Risk”. American Journal of Epidemiology 166 (8): 924–931.

saltwater fishing gear 10 Saltwater Fishing Tips That Will Make Fishing Experience Great

saltwater fishing gear

saltwater fishing gear Are you going to start fishing in saltwater? Then Definitely you want best saltwater fishing tips for you. If you search best saltwater fishing tips on the internet. You will get a lot of knowledge on many websites. Some websites will give best saltwater fishing tips to beginners and some will give best saltwater fishing tips for the advanced anglers. But here we are going to give you a mixture of knowledge for your saltwater fishing. Our this post on Best saltwater fishing tips will give you a proper knowledge from basic to advanced level. So this article will help every angler who is interested in saltwater fishing, Whether He/She is doing saltwater fishing for years or just going to start it.

What is saltwater fishing?

Before knowing about best saltwater fishing tips, Everyone must know that what is saltwater fishing. Saltwater fishing means fishing in the ocean. Saltwater can be done through both off-shore and on-shore. Off-shore means fishing from the beach and on-shore means fishing from a boat or pier surfing in the ocean waters. Anglers do saltwater fishing Live and Artificial both baits.

Here are the top 10 for saltwater fishing tips. You must follow these tips to make your saltwater fishing. These saltwater fishing tips will help you to have a great fishing experience in saltwater.

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1. KNOW THE BASICS

Yes, Know the basics about saltwater fishing. We recommend this as our first saltwater fishing tips. Before going for the saltwater fishing, You must know the basics of saltwater fishing. Most people think that the basic knowledge is not important. But believe us basic knowledge is the only thing which will lead you towards Advance saltwater fishing. So the first thing you must do is get the basic knowledge. This is the first one of our saltwater fishing tips.

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2. CHOOSE PERFECT GEARS

Next saltwater fishing tip is to choose perfect gears for your saltwater fishing session. After getting the basic knowledge of saltwater fishing. You will have to choose the gears for your saltwater fishing session. Yes, you are thinking that this is the very basic tip we are giving to you but believe us choosing perfect gears will decide whether you will enjoy your saltwater fishing session or not.

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3. CASTING TECHNIQUE

The next tip is about Choosing best casting technique for your saltwater fishing. The technique will also be an important thing which will be responsible for your next catch in saltwater. To catch saltwater fishes you must choose a technique related and best suitable for saltwater fishing. With technique, we mean casting technique. Casting technique is the most common saltwater fishing tips given by anglers.

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4. KEEP GEARS READY

After you have basic knowledge, gears, casting technique in your hand and mind, Now you have to get your gears ready for saltwater fishing. All other saltwater fishing tips will not work if you don’t have your gears ready. Before going for the saltwater fishing. Get all of your gears at one place and after having these things you should make them ready for fishing. You must keep all gears and fishing accessories ready for saltwater fishing.

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5. WEATHER & SPOT

Now its time to decide the Spot and the weather in which you are going for saltwater fishing. Mainly it depends on your choice. This saltwater fishing tips will help you do fishing under great conditions. It depends on you, whether you want to do saltwater fishing in a sunny weather or a calm wind weather. Basically, anglers do not wait for a specific weather. Good anglers do saltwater fishing in all weathers, And if we talk about the spot, You should consider a few things while choosing a spot. While choosing a spot you should consider things like temperature, clarity, movement and all other things.

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6. CONSIDER THESE THINGS WHILE FISHING

While fishing in saltwater you should consider so many things. Like whether fishing on-shore will help you catch more fishes or off-shore. Also, the Baits are the very important thing to be considered. Choosing right baits for your catch is a necessary thing. You should know the species you are going to catch and which bait will be more useful whether the live or artificial. Among the all other saltwater fishing tips, this one will be the most practical tip.

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7. HAVE ALTERNATIVES

Even we are recommending to plan things before going for saltwater fishing. But keep in mind, Every time the situation can be changed. Having alternatives everywhere is one of the best saltwater fishing tips. So for the changes, you must have alternatives for you. Sometimes anglers go for the saltwater fishing in sunny weather but when they arrive at the spot weather changes suddenly. Then they must have an option for fishing in changing the weather. Sometimes we go for fishing with gears and what we found is that some of our gears are not working. Then we must have an alternative for that gear.

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8. GREED FOR KNOWLEDGE & FISHES BOTH

Anything we do in our life gives us a lesson. Similarly, the fishing does. Every saltwater fishing session will give a lesson to you. So you must have Greed for knowledge same as your greed for fishes. Greediness for Knowledge will motivate you to give your best in next session. Also, you should have best resources for saltwater fishing. In resources, you can have books on saltwater fishing or an experienced mentor.

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9. PREPARE FOR NEXT SESSION

You have to prepare for next session of saltwater fishing in your ongoing saltwater fishing session. Yes, this is the next tip we are giving to you. Besides getting knowledge from other anglers and resources, You should use your fishing experience also. For this, you have to note down the things you faced in your saltwater fishing session. After keeping the record of your session in a journal or a notepad on your phone, You can use this knowledge in next saltwater fishing session. In this, you should note down the information about weather conditions etc.

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10. MAINTENANCE IS NECESSARY

Maintaining your gears after the one session of saltwater fishing ends will help you in next sessions. It will take less time to prepare your gears when next time you will go for a new saltwater fishing session. Also, it will make your gears healthy and they will become more durable. Also, your fishing gears will perform better if you maintain them properly.

what does koi taste can you eat koi fish you need to know

can you eat koi fish

what does koi taste can you eat koi fish you need to know

what does koi taste This is a video of me tasting my cooked koi fish soap that I cook?

I want to share with you guys how does it taste like he he

can you eat koi fish? a number of people I meet on my Social Media accounts, friends and fellow hobbyist ask me about this.

 

the algae in freshwater have a foul smell and this will leave aftertaste when eaten so to get rid of this you need to quarantine your koi fish before cooking.

do japanese eat koi fish yes originally they are raised in rice paddies for food.

until came a time that there appeared a colored koi mutation

koi fish breeders  interbreed it to make new colors and more and more breeders are interested in breeding Koi fish and the rest is history

does koi fish taste good not as tasty as the marine fishes freshwater fish have aftertaste so to lessen this as what I write in the first paragraph

koi carp recipes

fried koi fish

koi recipes

can humans eat koi fish yes of course in fact koi fish before are raised in Japan for food

Are koi fish poison?
Though they aren’t poisonous to eat, it’s advised that the types of
koi that are kept as pets in water gardens or backyard ponds shouldn’t be eaten.

Do they eat koi fish?

Barbels found on the lips of koi fish are used to act as sensors for the surroundings of the fish.

Koi fish are omnivorous and will eat anything from meat to green vegetables.

Koi fish can interbreed with goldfish as they are the same species
but the resultant offsprings are sterile and are called fry.

Are koi fish dangerous to humans?

When large number of koi fish inhabit same pond, level of
ammonia can increase rapidly and induce poisoning of fish.

Although life in community can be dangerous, koi fish enjoy company of other koi fish.

Koi fish can mate with goldfish because they are closely related. However, they produce sterile offspring.

Does koi fish taste good?

Any freshwater fish is edible. Depending on the water it is in, will further determine it’s taste.

Some people have taken large Koi and transferred them to a clean
freshwater tank for a few weeks to ensure a better taste, but carp meat is tough. … Also, koi sushi is becoming popular.

Do Japanese eat koi?

Any freshwater fish is edible. Depending on the water it is in, will further determine it’s taste.

Some people have taken large Koi and transferred them to a clean
freshwater tank for a few weeks to ensure a better taste, but carp meat is tough. … However, Koi is expensive to buy (and eat).

The answer is “yes”. Koi are ornamental carp. Carp is edible.

Any freshwater fish is edible. Depending on the water it is in, will further determine it’s taste.

Some people have taken large Koi and transferred them to a clean
freshwater tank for a few weeks to ensure a better taste, but carp meat is tough. It needs to be cleaned well and sliced after removing skin and internal organs.

Marinating it can soften the meat. There are recipes online for Koi fish dishes.

However, Koi is expensive to buy (and eat). Here in the USA, a large koi fish can run $400-$2,000.00, depending on the breed.

There are several breeds-a few being Russian koi, Israeli koi, and of course Japanese koi. Eating one and not selling it to a good pond home instead is a poor choice in economics, just as stealing one is illegal.

You can eat koi, it’s a form of carp after all, but you probably wouldn’t want to.

One, koi is considered sacred in places like Japan and a good luck omen in other countries in SE Asia. (hence a koi pond in temples and other sacred sites all around SE Asia).

You really do not want to eat something others hold sacred. (now please don’t ask why people eat beef when it is sacred to the Hindus!)

Also koi meat, like all other carp, is a bit tough. Koi spend much of
their time in shallow, stagnant water, so the risk of picking up a bacterial infection from them is high.

Finally, you wouldn’t eat koi unless you really want to fuel your ego! Koi are sold as decorative, ornamental or sacred fish, to be kept as pets.

The animals are also bred for their exotic body patterns and markings. Due to all this, most koi are captive bred. And these go for pretty high sums apiece alive, even upto a thousand dollars or more. Do you really want to blow all your money frying a $ 1000 exotic fish?

If it is carp you must have, you will find some less exotic ones at your local fishmongers at a fraction of the cost.

So it may be ok to eat koi, not 100% safe though due to their shallow
and stagnant water habitat, but i’d rather not, due to the high cost and the sacred nature of this fish in some cultures.

I agree with the respondents who have warned against eating any
fish that have been treated with chemicals.

Don’t go there. But I don’t know why you would bother to eat koi anyway. As someone else said, they are just a coloured carp.

In contrast to one person who said carp is tough, I would say that it is gelatinous when cooked and of very low quality.

I have eaten feral European Carp which are permanently in plague
proportions in the Murray River, Australia.

You would hope we could eat the plague out of existence but unfortunately the fish is vile.

Flavour-wise it is pretty ordinary, but as I said it becomes gelatinous upon cooking.

The best I can suggest is maybe turn them into Thai fish patties.

can you eat koi fish

Barbels found on the lips of koi fish are used to act as sensors for the surroundings of the fish. Koi fish are omnivorous and will eat anything from meat to green vegetables.

Koi fish can interbreed with goldfish as they are the same species but the resultant offsprings are sterile and are called fry.

Are koi edible?

Many rumors surround the koi fish and ask whether it is edible. Can you eat Koi fish? Yes, you can eat Koi fish. … It is good to know that some Koi fish bred in a pond are fed chemical that is not good for your health.

Are koi fish dangerous to humans?

When large number of koi fish inhabit same pond, level of ammonia can increase rapidly and induce poisoning of fish.

Although life in community can be dangerous, koi fish enjoy company of other koi fish. … Koi fish can mate with goldfish because they are closely related. However, they produce sterile offspring.

 

13th Chang Koi GrowOut Contest

13th Chang Koi Grow Out contest

In cooperation with

Judge: OGATA KOI FARM Co., Ltd.

Standard Tosai & Jumbo Tosai 2 Grow out in 1 event Soon!!!

What is a Tosai koi?

The meaning of Tosai, Nisai & Oya (Sansai) TVR. For those who are going into japan TVR. Tosai means same year fish. So if someone is selling a Tosai now, it means he is selling a fish that is born in this fiscal year. Nisai means two-year-old fish.

Standard Tosai
Entry Fee: 6,000.00

Prizes:
GC-50,000.00
RGC-30,000.00
Tategoi-10,000.00
Shemigai-10,000.00

Jumbo Tosai
Entry Fee: 10,000.00
Prizes:
GC-80,000.00
RGC-50,000.00
Tategoi-10,000.00
Shemigai-10,000.00

Picking date on March 17 (Sunday) 10am w/ free lunch w/lechon

Judging on August 25,2019 @Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City

wild betta fish How to Catch Wild Betta Fish

Wine-red wild betta

Wild Betta Fish. The betta fishes are uniquely beautiful fish, and
they are found in unique environments, where other fish species
are unlikely to survive.

They are very colorful and beautiful fish, and you can find them on pet tanks at home.

Betta fish care is usually easy, which is why people prefer them as pets especially for their kids.

They are very territorial especially with their species as they prefer to be on their own.

The betta fish is unique fish, and they can breathe on water and out
of the water with a unique organ called the labyrinth.

This particular organ has enabled them to survive harsh conditions
as they can come to the surface and take in oxygen that will be enough for them.

Most fish species cannot survive in the harsh environment you will
find the betta fish, due to the reduced oxygen content, especially in the muddy water.

The betta fish is very beautiful with radiant color that makes them
stands out and looks attractive.

They are carnivores in nature and eat small animals like plankton,
mosquitoes, worms and other smaller species of animal.

The wide betta fishes are much more different than the regular betta.

Betta fish are mostly found in a warm climate, and they are predominantly found in the Asian region.

You can find betta fish in rice paddle, streams and water channels.

These environments are warm and not too big for the betta fish as
they are small and cannot easily compete with big species of fish in bigger water space.

The wild betta fish is usually much duller in color than most betta fish species.

The wild betta fish are typically brownish, and this can be attributed
to their ability to camouflage in muddy environments away from bigger prey.

This is one of their protective abilities that make it harder for them
to be sorted out in these muddy environments.

This does make it a little difficult in trying to catch them in the wild.

The wild betta fish also have smaller fins than the regular betta fish
which also enable them to stay safe in the wild.

With the smaller fins, they cannot easily be detected, and they can
swim easily through the rough water and don’t get trapped.

For a smaller animal, they can take care of themselves very well.

The male and female are very different, and you can easily distinguish them from one another.

The female wild betta fish is smaller in size and have smaller fins than the male betta fish.

The male betta fish are very protective of their territory that they
often chase away their female after laying eggs.

This is why two pet betta fishes in a tank usually fight each other often.

It is important to feed the betta fish regularly and keep them from eating their fins.

When they are hungry, they usually eat their fins, which is not healthy for the fish.

Eating their fins can lead to diseases as the betta fish becomes prone to infection.

 

Emerald-Green Betta

Betta smaragdina

Emerald green wild betta

ORIGINS Southeast Asia, present in Cambodia
(Kampuchea), Laos, and eastern parts of Thailand.
SIZE 21⁄4 in (7 cm).
DIET Prepared foods and livefoods.
WATER Temperature 75–82°F (24–28°C); soft
(50–100 mg/l) and acidic (pH 6.0–6.5).
TEMPERAMENT Males may quarrel.

The body of the male Emerald-Green Betta displays areas of red,
blue, and green.

The female is plainer, but will develop stripes as the time for spawning approaches.

Males can be mixed with unrelated fish, but if they are housed
together, they will fight, with potentially fatal consequences.

In the wild, Emerald-Green Bettas inhabit shallow areas of water
that flood during the wet season,and this flooding marks the onset of the breeding period.

A significant partial water change in their tank may thus trigger
spawning.The male builds a bubble-nest among vegetation.

After spawning, remove the female in case the male becomes
aggressive toward her, and leave the male to guard the nest, which contains up to 100 eggs.

Give the young fry food at first and then brine shrimp.

Mouth-Brooding Betta

Betta pugnax

Mouth-Brooding wild betta

ORIGINS Southeast Asia; occurs widely on the Malay
Peninsula.
SIZE 4 in (10 cm).
DIET Prepared foods and livefoods.
WATER Temperature 73–77°F (23–25°C); soft
(50–100 mg/l) and acidic (pH 6.0–6.5).
TEMPERAMENT Males likely to be pugnacious.

The appearance of these fish is highly variable, depending partly on
their origins and partly on their overall condition.

They tend to have a reddish-brown background color, with green
spots evident on the individual scales.

Cooler water conditions suit this mouth-brooder, which often
occurs in flowing waters.

The young are sexually mature by about six months.

Slim Betta

Betta bellica

slim betta wild betta

ORIGINS Southeast Asia, where its distribution is
centered on the Malay Peninsula.
SIZE 41⁄2 in (11 cm).
DIET Prepared foods and livefoods.
WATER Temperature 75–82°F (24–28°C); soft
(50–100 mg/l) and acidic (pH 6.0–6.5).
TEMPERAMENT Males only aggressive when breeding.

JAW SHAPE AND BREEDING

jaw shape and breeding

Head structure is a good guide to breeding habits in Betta species. The jaws of mouthbrooders are modified to provide more space in
the oral cavity for the developing brood.

As a result, the head is taller and the jawline less rounded, as seen in
this Krabi Mouth-Brooder (Betta simplex).

Bubble-nesting species have smaller heads, since they simply have
to pick up the eggs and transfer them to the nest.

The enlargement of the oral cavity in mouthbrooders only
develops when the fish become sexually mature, and it is only seen
in the sex that is responsible for brooding the young.

Wine-Red Betta

Betta coccina

Wine-red wild betta

ORIGINS Southeast Asia, present on Sumatra and the
southern tip of the Malay Peninsula.
SIZE 21⁄2 in (6 cm).
DIET Prepared foods and livefoods.
WATER Temperature 75–82°F (24–28°C); soft (50 mg/l)
and acidic (pH 5.0–6.0).
TEMPERAMENT Males are aggressive toward each other.

The Wine-Red Betta first became available to hobbyists in the 1980s.

The body color that gives the fish its name is restricted to the male; the female is decidedly brownish. Males must be kept individually, to prevent fighting.

Water quality is especially important for the health of this rather
delicate species, and peat filtration is advisable.

Up to 60 eggs form the typical brood, and both parents can be safely left with their young.

 

Crescent Betta

Betta imbellis

crescent wild betta

ORIGINS Southeast Asia, on the Malay Peninsula and
nearby islands, notably Phuket and Pinang.
SIZE 2 in (5 cm).
DIET Prepared foods and livefoods.
WATER Temperature 75–82°F (24–28°C); soft
(50–100 mg/l) and acidic (pH 6.0–6.5).
TEMPERAMENT Males may fight each other.

Male Crescent Bettas are more colorful than females, their brownish bodies displaying bluehues.

There are distinct regional variations, withfish from Pinang Island being yellowish in
color.

Male Crescent Bettas are far from docile,especially when in
breeding condition.

If well-fed,a pair of these bubble-nesting fish
will spawnseveral times in quick succession,producing as many as 150 eggs per batch.

How Does Wild Betta Fish Survive

For those that are not usually familiar with the betta fish, you may
be wondering how the betta fish survive in a warmer climate and their habitat such as the rice paddle.

The rice paddles usually go dry seasonally, so how does this betta fish survive these changes.

The betta fish developed the ability to breathe underwater and in the air. And we said this is made possible through the special organ they call labyrinth.

They can breathe the oxygen present in water or will swim to the
air to breath whenever the oxygen in the water reduces.

This gives them an advantage in the normal habitat where you can find them as the water is usually muddy.

The betta fish can also survive for a while in a dried up area.

This is because of the organ they possess to breathe oxygen in the air.

The small fins of the wild betta fish do make it difficult to be seen or noticed along with its muddy color brown.

This character does make it also difficult for us to capture these wild betta fish.

So why do people catch betta fish?

Betta fishes are usually captured for their beauty and are mostly kept as a pet. In the earlier years, the king of Thailand usually uses them as a sport.

They are used to stage fight because of their fighting abilities
especially when two males are kept in a tank.

And though they are not mostly kept for sports purposes nowadays, they are more being kept as a pet.

Catching a Wild Betta Fish beta fishing

If you want to catch a wild betta fish, you have to understand more about the fish.

You have to understand its habitat to know where you are going to go fishing for them.

You will also have to know about their body structure, so you do not
harm them in any way when you capture the or during transporting them.

You will need a kind of hand net or basket to catch a wild betta fish
and probably a small container filled with water to store them before you transport them.

You will not go to a freshwater environment if you are looking for a wild beta fish.

That is why you will need to understand more about the environment. As we said earlier, you can find these kinds of fish in the Asian regions or warm water environments.

So let’s look at the ways you can catch a wild betta fish!!!

The wild betta fishes are very defensive and evasive more than the normal betta fish.

You cannot easily spot them in the muddy water due to their brownish color.

This gives them a camouflage sense of security. And you cannot easily catch them with a line because of their sizes.

One of the ways you can catch a wild betta fish is to use a small hand net.

The wild betta fish are very small so that the hand net will be very tiny, so the betta fish does not escape out of the net.

Also, a smaller net will ensure that you do not hurt the fish especially when their fragile fun gets stuck.

Using Hand net to Catch Betta Fish

The wild betta fish are not easy to see in the muddy water as they
can easily camouflage with their brownish or muddy color.

So what you should do with the hand netball to comb the area in a tangent.

Since they are located in shallow water, you can move over the
water body with your boot as you use your hand net to comb the area.

Now, when you insert your net in the water, you raise it up and
watch as the water sips out and if they are wild beta fish, they will be stuck in the net.

So what you will do is to inspect the net and picked out any wild betta fish you found caught on the net.

You will have to transfer the betta fish you find from the net to a water container you carry along with you.

Wild betta fish can stay away from water for some time as they can take oxygen from the air.

But you will have to put them in the water as you may have to transport them for a long distance.

You should be careful when you picked the wild betta fish from the net and transported them to the water jar.

They are very fragile and can easily slip for your hand back to the water.

You should be very observant when searching the hand fishing net
as these fishes might be hiding behind leaves or small muddy
stones and you will have to throw them back to the water.

You have to do this in tangent to be able to comb the entire water body. It can be a long and enduring task as you go around the water body.

Catching Wild Betta Fish in Dried Land

You can find wild betta fish in dried up warm environment as they
can still breathe outside water with their labyrinth organ.

They can easily jump back to the water body. Thus you have to be fast if you want to catch them.

You can look out for wild beta fish as the rice puddle begins to dry
up and they stick around for awhile before moving on to the water body.

You can grab them with your hands easily since they cannot swim fast when in the drier environment.

You can still miss because they usually not as obvious when they camouflage like the mud.

They can be very obvious except when they jump.

So they are more difficult to catch on dry land than when they are in the water.

You can still carry your hand net along to help you trapped them especially when they are jumping around.

You can throw your net to cover the area you saw them jumped into and try and sort them out with your hands.

You should be very careful in picking out the wild betta fish from
dry land as they are very vulnerable when they are on dry land.

Spreading Net over a Considerable Length

You can spread a large net over a considerable length over a rice paddle farm and leave it for awhile.

When you come back, you can start picking out the wild betta fish caught in the net. T

hey usually got caught in the net as they move around the water body looking for food.

You should also understand that the wild betta fish usually comes to
the surface to take in oxygen as the muddy water usually lacks enough oxygen.

As they move up and down, they will get caught in the net, and
since the water body is not much deep, it will be easy to trap these wild betta fish.

This is a much easier way to catch the wild betta fish, and you can do this best when the water body is high and not dried up.

With casting the net over a larger area, you can catch more wild
betta fishes than using any other method to catch this fish.

Why Do We Catch Wild Betta Fishes

Wild betta fish have become more popular in recent times than
before, and they have also become scarcer.

You will find most homes with colorful betta fishes on their fish tanks as they are easy to feed and take care of as a pet.

Most parents usually give out betta fish as the first pet to their
young ones as a way of getting them to learn how to take care of an animal.

And because of the destruction of their habitation by man action
and other factors, the breeding of wild betta fishes are being
encouraged to keep the species from going extinct.

Most preservationists are worried that if we leave them in their
natural habitat, they may be destroyed along with their habitat environment being destroyed.

So what is being done is that they are being caught and breed in fish
tanks and this will help to keep the species non-extinct.

It has become a business for some as they catch these wild betta fish
and breed them in a tank and sell them when they start reproducing.

So it has become a bigger business selling these exotic fishes to those who want them in their homes.

The wild betta fish does thrive in particular environmental
conditions; they dwell better in a warm water environment

. They do not thrive at all in cold environment, and you should try
as much as possible to keep them warm especially when you have them in tanks.

One of the most advantageous things of having a wild betta fish as a
pet is that they can survive alone in the tank and as well as with other species of animal.

They usually have a problem with their specie and will fight with
another wild betta fish when placed in the same tank.

 

wild betta
Photo from reef2rainforest.com

Can you find betta fish in the wild?

Wild bettas live in shallow, freshwater areas. They prefer ponds, streams, canals and rice paddies, but they are also found in rivers.

They feed upon plankton, mosquitoes and insect larvae. Bettas are
known as fighting fish because two males in close proximity will
fight with one another for dominance.

What do betta fish eat in the wild?

Wild Betta fish are hardy and can eat almost anything in their
environments, including worms, larvae of mosquitoes or other
insects, and even smaller fish.

Their natural environment is often resource-limited, so many
Betta species have little choice of food.

Where are betta fish naturally found?

The betta comes from parts of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and
Cambodia in the river basins of the Mekong and Chao Phraya rivers.

They are found in rice paddies and drainage ditches, river basins and small streams.

Do betta fish exist in the wild?

Wild bettas live in shallow, freshwater areas. They prefer ponds, streams, canals and rice paddies, but they are also found in rivers.

They feed upon plankton, mosquitoes and insect larvae. Bettas are
known as fighting fish because two males in close proximity will
fight with one another for dominance.

How long do betta fish live in the wild?

Also called Siamese Fighting Fish, bettas are very popular pets.

They can be easy to care for, and, under the right circumstances, they can live for several years.

Wild betta live, on average, two years. However, in captivity, with the right care, a betta can live four years or more.

wild betta species
Betta splendens, the species usually sold at big box pet stores, does
not exist naturally in the wild, and it is very popular in the aquarium hobby so it’s unlikely to go extinct.

Wild-type bettas of different species, however, are much more at risk.

Their habitat I’d shrinking and becoming polluted, and although
many people keep these other species of betta in aquariums as well
, they don’ have the domestic popularity to assure their survival.

Wild bettas outside of the betta splendens species are considered threatened.

wild betta fish natural habitat

Why are we discouraged from using rainwater for our aquariums
when the natural habitat of bettas experience rain throughout the year?

Very simple, because fish do not live in rain water!

Logically speaking – Yes lakes and ponds and river take rainwater…. but never rain water replace 100% of the original water body.

(Well maybe in some rare exceptional case but then even the
minerals in the ground would leech into the rain water).
So no fish live in rain water

Additionally

All fish depending on the specie, requires a certain degree of
minerals to live depending on the specie.

And rain water is somewhat just pure H20 with some
contamination from the air and completely lacking in minerals like calcicum, iron,….

In Amazon area where it rains really heavy + some area water just
stand there then you get a big body of water consist of mostly rain water.

In this case the water would be very soft but it still has some
minerals from the ground and tannis from decaying organics
matters, not pure rain water -> Which results in fish like Discus,
Angelfish prefer softer water with less minerals but MINERALS ARE STILL A MUCH AT A VERY LOW LEVEL.

Then we got place like malawi lake -> Less rain. lots of rocks and minerals => very hard water.

These fish will die for sure if they live in an environment with rain water.

So yes. Rain water can be used to substitute the practice of mixing
RO water with minerals/tap water to achieve softer water.

However be very careful with rainwater too because if the air is
polluted, the water will be contaminated with all sort of things you won’t know. So still its best to use RO water instead of rain water

Where do betta fish come from?

They come from Thailand! At least, that’s where it’s most commonly cited.

More broadly they come from Southeast Asia, so anywhere in the
area of Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam–you’ll find wild Bettas in any
part of the world that used to be called “Siam” (which is where we get the name “Siamese Fighting Fish”).

Wild Bettas live in the connected streams between rice paddies and
flood plains, and people started harvesting them in the 1800s to use in fish fights.

Pretty cruel, and unfortunately still a practice that probably exists
in some places, but eventually the bigger and more colorful ones
started being bred for aesthetic purposes, which led to the Bettas you find in pet stores today.

Domestic Bettas look very different now from wild ones, but they
didn’t manage or care to breed out the aggression, which is why we still have feisty little friends. 🙂

Where do you find betta fish in the wild?

The betta comes from parts of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia in the river basins of the Mekong and Chao Phraya rivers. They are found in rice paddies and drainage ditches, river basins and small streams.

What is a wild betta?

Betta, /ˈbɛtə/ is a large genus of small, often colorful, freshwater ray-finned fishes, known as “bettas”, in the gourami family (Osphronemidae). The best known Betta species is B. splendens, commonly known as the Siamese fighting fish.

Do betta fish recognize their owners?

You’ve probably seen betta fish at your local pet stores or even grocery store. … Betta are quite intelligent as fish go, and they can even be trained to recognize their owners and do tricks.

They require stimulation and space to live well, and, as you might suspect, a tiny plastic cup doesn’t provide that.

Do betta fish get lonely?

It’s not that bettas have poor manners, but rather that they simply do not like nor need the company of other fish. Their lack of friends does not cause them to become bored, but you may include certain species in the same tank as your betta. … Although they’re not fish, snails generally work well together with bettas.

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betta fish care

betta fish care how to care for a betta fish you need to know

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ORIGINS Southeast Asia, occurring in Thailand, althoughbetta fish care
its exact range is uncertain.

SIZE 21⁄4 in (6 cm).

DIET Prepared foods and live foods.

WATER Temperature 75–82°F (24–28°C); soft

(50–100 mg/l) and acidic (pH 6.0–6.5).

 

TEMPERAMENT Males are aggressive toward each other.
Siamese Fighting Fish
Betta splendens

 

The Siamese Fighting Fish is also referred to as the Betta, particularly in North America.This species was widely kept in Thailand for more than 200 years before it became known in the West in the late 1800s.

In their homeland, where they frequent the canals, or klongs, that flow through many Thai cities,

Siamese Fighting Fish were selectively bred not only for their color but also for their fighting ability, with significant amounts of money being bet on the outcome of contests between the more aggressive males.

Different strains evolved from cross-breeding fish obtained from various parts of Thailand.

As a result, it is now practically impossible to be certain of the original distribution of these fish, or of their natural coloration, even though alleged “wild type” specimens are occasionally offered for sale.

Current thinking is that wild forms were originally dark red, probably with bluish streaking on their fins and a pair of vertical lines on the side of the head behind the eyes.

Certainly, the wild ancestors of today’s Siamese Fighting Fish had simpler fins than those seen in modern strains.

It is likely that interest in keeping these fish for fighting purposes began not in Thailand, but in neighboring Cambodia (Kampuchea).

In fact, the Thai name for these fish is pla kat khmer, which translates as “fin-biter in Khmer” (Khmer is a former name of Cambodia). Since being introduced to the West,

however, breeders have concentrated on establishing a wide range of color forms, ranging from white through yellow to purple.

Selective breeding has also been used to modify the fins, which are always more elaborate in the males.

With the exception of the female Half-Moon Betta, pictured below left, all the specimens shown here are male.

In Thailand, it is traditional to house Siamese Fighting Fish in small jars, but these provide little swimming space and make it difficult to maintain the water quality.

The natural grace and elegance of the fish will be more apparent in an aquarium.

A single male can be kept in a tank with several females, or even as part of a community aquarium.

However, avoid mixing these fish with fin-nipping species, which will attack the flowing fins, or with fish of a similar coloration, which may themselves be attacked by the Siamese Fighting Fish.

These fish are easy to care for, but they are not especially long-lived, with an average lifespan of about two years. Pairs of seven or eight months old are best for breeding

.They need a relatively shallow spawning tank, about 8 in (20 cm) deep.

It must be covered and include floating plants, among which the male will build a bubble-nest.

Thai breeders often add the leaves of the Ketapang or Indian almond tree (Terminalia catappa) to assist with the conditioning of the water.

These leaves are available in the West through specialist suppliers.

Raising the water temperature can trigger spawning, as can increasing the amount of livefood in the diet.

Check that the female is in breeding condition, because otherwise, the male may harass her.

Aside from her slightly swollen belly, one of the surest indicators of the female’s readiness to spawn is when she develops yellowish stripes on her body.

She will actively seek out the male at this stage, rather than trying to avoid him

 

breeding betta fish

These are  the videos below of the step by step process in breeding betta fish

Step 1. place the male and female betta fish container near each other for them to see each other and be acquainted and feed them plenty of live foods like mosquito larvae, brine shrimp or daphnia.

observe if the male will build a bubble nest and look for the female egg spot by looking its vent there is a whitish color in the ventral area of the female that is an egg that is an indicator that the female is full of eggs and ready to spawn

 

Part 2 in breeding betta fish Video

Part 3 in breeding betta fish

It is the responsibility of the male Siamese Fighting Fish to construct a bubble-nest. Spawning occurs nearby, with the pair wrapping around one another.

The female will then float upside down, as though stunned, while the male collects the 15 or so eggs in its mouth and carries them to the bubble-nest.

Mating resumes once he has gathered all the eggs.

This sequence is repeated until some 500 eggs have been produced, with the entire process lasting about two hours. It is the best to remove the female while the male guards the nest, otherwise he may attack her.

If the tank is very large and well planted, however, it may be safe for her to stay put. Hatching occurs 48 hours after mating, and the young fry is free-swimming within a further four days.

Rear them on fry foods at first, and gently circulate the water with an airstone to convey food particles to them.

Powdered flake and brine shrimp can be provided as they grow.A large number of fry means that gentle filtration is needed to maintain water quality, and partial water changes are required every three days.

Once the males in the brood can be identified, usually, at about two months of age, they should be moved to individual accommodation to prevent fighting.

Prior to this, keep the aquarium covered to keep the young fish from becoming chilled, since this will impair the development of their labyrinth organs

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How do you know if your betta fish is happy?

  • The signs of a happy, healthy, and relaxed betta include:
  • Strong, vibrant colors.
  • Fins are held open, but not taut, allowing their fins to billow and fold in the water.
  • Feeds readily.
  • Active, smooth swimming movements.
  • On the other hand, a stressed or sick betta may show the following signs:
  • Faded, muted color.

How do you make a betta fish happy?

  • The aquarium can be either glass or acrylic.
  • Plants can be either live or plastic.
  • Use waste-absorbing gravel.
  • Don’t forget a heater — bettas like to stay warm.
  • Betta food and treats (bloodworms are a nice treat)
  • Water and fish treatments.