Basement Bettas

Raising Show Quality Bettas

Hatching Brine Shrimp

We have 6 spawns currently growing out, so we need a daily supply of baby brine shrimp. If you search the net there are various ways to hatch and harvest baby brine shrimp. What you will find is the big needs for shrimp are warm water and light.  For me, to satisfy those needs I have come up with a simple setup that produces plenty of harvestable shrimp about every 24 hours.

Creating a shrimp hatchery is very simple and inexpensive. I use an empty 2 liter Pepsi bottle that I have cut the bottom off. I did the cut about 3” up from the bottom of the bottle so the top could be inverted into the bottom and remain fairly stable. I then placed them into a box that is slightly taller than the Pepsi bottle. I had a bunch of bubble wrap lying around and I put it into the box around the bottle. I did this to stabilize the bottle as well as to insulate and keep the contents warm. The top half of the soda bottle gets water added till about 1” shy of the top. I add 25 grams of salt or about 1 tbs. and a measure of bbs eggs, about 1/8 tsp. I use regular table salt and have used both iodized and non iodized with the same results. If your water is really soft a pinch of baking soda will improve your hatch rate.

The eggs now need to be kept moving until they hatch. Initially I tried to use just airline hose for aerating my shrimp but found I could not keep it down in the neck of the bottle and my eggs piled up there and reduced my hatch rate. So I got some stiff tubing they use for under gravel filters and cut a piece so it could sit in the neck against the cap at the bottom and be a few inches taller than the bottle. I then attached the air line tubing to that and it worked better at keeping the contents moving around. I use a small pump that I put on some bubble wrap to reduce vibration and noise. Over the top of the box I have a light I got from Wal-Mart. I paid about $7 for it and removed the clamp it comes with inverted the light over the top of the box. The light provides both light and heat needed for the shrimp to hatch.

In about 24-36 hours you can harvest your shrimp. They time they take to hatch depends on the how warm they are. For me, the next day about the same time produces a good harvest. I remove the bottle and set it into a 2 cup measuring cup on my counter. I also remove the stiff tubing from the air line hose and run water through the piece of tube to remove salt and calcium deposits. These deposits can quickly build up and make air passage impossible. If the deposits are stubborn, a soak in vinegar or bleach water will get them dissolved.

After a few minutes of sitting you should see a clump of orange in the neck of the bottle and the egg-shell floating on the surface. I have another piece of airline tubing I attach to another stiff tube. I put the tube down into the neck where the orange is but not all the way to the bottom as eggs will be down there. I start a siphon and run the shrimp into a very fine brine shrimp net. You will have to do some searching to get a real fine net. I bought 2 and can not seem to find them again. After they are drained thru the net a quick rinse and invert the net into some water. I have small condiment cups I got from Wal-Mart that I put the water in and then rinse the shrimp into. I then take a plastic dropper and suck the shrimp up to feed.

When you set the shrimp back up you will need to thoroughly clean the container out. If you don’t you will find your hatch rate is affected in no time at all. I have a small spray bottle that I have a weak bleach solution mixed in and spray the Pepsi bottle, scrub with a sponge just for that and then rinse good. Then you can set it all up to have another hatch again the next.

April 30, 2011 Posted by | Feeding Bettas, Live Foods | , , | Leave a comment

Brown Algae and Silicates

 Just when you think you have something figured out, a new twist appears. The move to Texas brought with it water issues. If you have not read previous posts, we had 12 spawns fail. Either the male ate the eggs or fry and the young never got free-swimming if they made it past dad. Instead of getting horizontal and growing they spent days twirling up from the bottom of the tank till they eventually died. It was finally determined that there was something wrong with the water.

We got a reverse osmosis unit and started mixing the r/o water with 25%  tap water run through peat. Everything was working well raising the fish. Since I was going through so much water I decided to use more of the tap water and made the mix 50/50. Within a short period of time I get an over abundance of brown algae. I had barracks running for 6 months and did not have a problem, then over night I had a mess. I headed to the internet and found this type of algae thrives on silicates. Some one had suggested a fine particle might be causing problems with the fry when they became free-swimming and it almost makes sense.

 I went back to a 25% mix instead of 50/50 and spent the next several days scrubbing the barracks. The algae became reduced but I really could not get rid of it all together. So, I have finally given up and now use 100% reverse osmosis with ro right by Kent to add back in minerals to the water. The change in water has pretty much gotten rid of the algae and using the Kent ro right has improved the health and growth of my plants. So far I am happy with the results. The next thing on my agenda to improve my water will be a uv sterilizer to get rid of parasites and disease.

Photo from HERE.

April 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized, Water Quality | , , | Leave a comment

Golden State Betta Show Results

Show Host Golden State Bettas        
Show Type   International        
Date 2-Apr-11        
Judges Christine Tanner Larissa Williams Mohan Balakrishnan    
Apprentice Judges Britt Coffman Patrick Henry Damian Garcia    
           
Group A: Regular Classes Area 1 2010 – 2011   Total Entries In Class
Division A1: Halfmoon                                  Non-iridescent Dark Solid Color ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place    
A1. Red STM John Leach N/A N/A 1  
A2. Black STM N/A N/A N/A 0  
A3. Red or Black STF Sieg & Judy Illig Sherolyn & Reno N/A 2  
Division A2: Halfmoon                   Iridescent Dark Solid Color ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place    
A4. Blue STM Leo Buss Michael Randall Leo Buss 6  
A5. Steel STM Sherolyn & Reno  Leo Buss Leo Buss 4  
A6. Green / Turquoise STM Sieg & Judy Illig Leo Buss Sieg & Judy Illig 10  
A7. Blue STF Sherolyn & Reno Leo Buss Sherolyn & Reno 6  
A8. Steel STF Leo Buss Leo Buss Leo Buss 3  
A9. Green / Turquoise STF Sieg & Judy Illig Joe & Amy Becerra Sherolyn & Reno 10  
Division A3: Halfmoon                                  Light Solid Color ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place    
A10. Clear / Yellow / Orange STM Michael Randall N/A N/A 1  
A11. Clear / Yellow / Orange STF John Leach John Leach Joe & Amy Becerra 5  
A12. Opaque / Pastel STM John Leach Leo Buss Karen Mac Auley 3  
A13. Opaque / Pastel STF Leo Buss Leo Buss Joe & Amy Becerra 9  
Division A4: Halfmoon                          Metallic Dark or Light Solid Color ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place    
A14. Metallic Dark Solid STM Sherolyn Craig/Reno Richenberger N/A N/A 1  
A15. Metallic Light Solid STM N/A N/A N/A  0  
A16. Metallic Dark Solid STF Jim Sonnier Sherolyn & Reno Sherolyn & Reno 5  
A17. Metallic Light Solid STF Joe & Amy Becerra N/A N/A 1  
Division A5: Halfmoon                          Patterned ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place    
A18. Multicolor STM Karen Mac Auley Karen Mac Auley Lori Green 14  
A19. Multicolor STF Karen Mac Auley Joe & Amy Becerra Lori Green 19  
A20. Dark Body Bicolor STM Sherolyn Craig/Reno Richenberber N/A N/A 1  
A21. Light Body Bicolor STM Karen Mac Auley N/A N/A 1  
A22. Dark Body / Light Body Bicolor STF Joe and Amy Becerra Britt Coffman Britt Coffman 12  
A23. Butterfly STM Joe and Amy Becerra Britt Coffman Joe & Amy Becerra 14  
A24. Butterfly STF Karen Mac Auley John Leach Britt Coffman 4  
A25. Marble / Grizzle STM Karen Mac Auley Sherolyn & Reno Sherolyn Craig/Reno Richenberger 8  
A26. Marble / Grizzle STF Leo Buss Michael Randall Joe & Amy Becerra 9  
Division B: Halfmoon DT Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place    
B1. Dark Solid Color DTM  Sieg & Judy Illig Sieg & Judy Illig Sieg & Judy Illig 7  
B2. Light Solid Color DTM John Leach N/A N/A 1  
B3. Dark or Light Solid Color DTF  Sieg & Judy Illig Sieg & Judy Illig Leo Buss 7  
B4. Metallic Dark or Light DTM Jim Sonnier Sherolyn & Reno Sherolyn & Reno 3  
B5. Metallic Dark or Light DTF N/A N/A N/A 0  
B6. Patterned DTM Britt Coffman Joe & Amy Becerra Joe & Amy Becerra 10  
B7. Patterned DTF Britt Coffman Britt Coffman Leo Buss 9  
Division C: Crowntail ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place    
C1. Dark Solid Color STM Leo Buss Leo Buss John Leach 4  
C2. Light Solid Color STM N/A N/A N/A 0  
C3. Dark or Light Solid Color STF Leo Buss N/A N/A 1  
C4. Patterned STM Leo Buss Leo Buss Leo Buss 4  
C5. Patterned STF Leo Buss Leo Buss Leo Buss 4  
Division D: Shortfin ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place    
D1. Traditional Plakat Male Sieg & Judy Illig Joe & Amy Becerra Joe & Amy Becerra 7  
D2. Show Plakat Dark Solid Color Male Sieg & Judy Illig Sieg & Judy Illig John Leach 6  
D3. Show Plakat Light Solid Color Male Joe and Amy Becerra Joe & Amy Becerra Joe & Amy Becerra 5  
D4. Show Plakat Patterned Male  John Leach Sieg & Judy Illig Joe & Amy Becerra 11  
D5. Halfmoon Shortfin Solid Color Male  Joe and Amy Becerra Joe and Amy Becerra N/A 2  
D6. Halfmoon Shortfin Patterned Male  Joe and Amy Becerra N/A N/A 1  
D7. Traditional Plakat Female                                                    (any color or pattern)  Yvonne Chaban Joe & Amy Becerra Joe & Amy Becerra 5  
D8. Show Plakat Female (any color or pattern) Joe and Amy Becerra Yvonne Chaban Joe & Amy Becerra 11  
TRIAL CLASS Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place    
D9. Doubletail Plakat Male                                  (any color or pattern) Sieg & Judy Illig Sieg & Judy Illig N/A 2  
Division E: Breeders Division *Note: For pairs total the number of entries in each class, not the number of fish.                                             Class winners in E Division are considerd for BOV appropriate to their respective gender and variety. 
E1. Color or Form Variations N/A N/A N/A 0  
E2. Form and Finnage Sieg & Judy Illig Michael Randall Lori Green 11  
E3. Pairs* Joe and Amy Becerra Joe & Amy Becerra Joe & Amy Becerra 9  
Division F: Wild Type Betta Pairs Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place    
(Not Eligible for BOS)          
F1 Small / Large Bubblenesters* Dick Houston – Bellicas Anthony Mazeroll – Coccina N/A 2  
F2 Small / Large Mouthbrooders* Dick Houston – Pi Dick Houston – Raja N/A 2  
           
Best of Variety Name & Class Winner      
Halfmoon ST Male Michael Randall – A10      
Halfmoon ST Female Sieg & Judy Illig – A9        
Halfmoon DT Male Sieg & Judy Illig – B1        
Halfmoon DT Female Sieg & Judy Illig – B3        
Crowntail Male Leo Buss – C4        
Crowntail Female Leo Buss – C5        
Shortfin Male Sieg & Judy Illig – D2        
Shortfin Female Yvonne Chaban – D7        
           
Best of Show Name & Class Winner      
BOS Male Sieg & Judy Illig – D2        
BOS Female Yvonne Chaban – D7        
           
Division G: Optional Classes (Not counted as Regular Entries)      
(Not Eligible for BOS.) Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place    
G1 Photography Jeana Earn Joe & Amy Becerra Jeana Earn    
G2 Illustration          
G3 Crafts Anthony Blaha        
           
Group B: New Breeder Classes Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place    
NB-1 Singletail Male Roberta Jordan Greg Rutlidge Anthony Blaha 14  
NB-2 Doubletail Male N/A N/A N/A 0  
NB-3 Crowntail Male N/A N/A N/A 0  
NB-4 Plakat Male Anthony Mazeroll Anthony Mazeroll Anthony Mazeroll 9  
NB-5 Singletail Female Anthony Blaha Joanna Taylor Anthony Blaha 7  
NB-6 Doubletail Female Joanna Taylor N/A N/A 1  
           
New Breeder Best of Show Name & Class of Winner      
BOS Male Anthony Mazeroll        
BOS Female Joanna Taylor        
           
Show Information   Number of Entrants Number of Entries Number of Fish
Regular Classes     273 286  
Optional Classes     0 0  
New Breeder Classes     31 31  
Show Totals     304 317  

April 12, 2011 Posted by | Betta Shows, Show Results | , | Leave a comment