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Hello Everyone,
I have been keeping Betta splendens. (also more commonly known at Siamese Fighting Fishes) since June 2011 and I would like to share with you my experiences. In this blog entry, I will introduce you to this exotic-looking fish and how you can start keeping them as a pet.

Why Keep Fighting Fish?

If your parents or spouse dislike you keeping big pets like dogs or cats or even keeping furry pets like hamsters, then having fighting fishes as pets might be an excellent idea afterall. Fighting fish is easy to maintain and does not cost much. They are pretty hardy and can live for very long (around 2-5 years). Not only that, they can really entertain you for ages. The downside to keeping fighting fish is probably the fact that they are very aggressive, hence, there are not many compatible tank-mates if you wish to have a wide variety of aquarium pets in one tank.

What Are the More Common Types of Siamese Fighting Fishes Based On Their Tail Shapes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Can Siamese Fighting Fishes Live?

If properly kept and fed a correct diet, they can live approximately 2-5 years in captivity.

Where Can You Get Siamese Fighting Fish?

If you are starting out and would like to keep fighting fish as a hobby or pet, you can get a normal one which usually costs less than $5 at most aquarium pet stores.

  • There are many pet stores in Serangoon North and they have fighting fish that costs $1 to $3. “Better” ones are about $5.
  • There are also other premium pet stores such as those situated in upscale shopping centres like Plaza Singapura, The Central @ Clarke Quay, and etc, and they sell fighting fishes that cost around $15-$30.

However, if you are planning to breed fighting fish and go for show competitions, you might want to consider getting quality fighting fish from reputable breeders. One of the very reputable local breeders I know of is Kelson. He has a wealth of experience in breeding fighting fish and he has a store situated at Roxy Square. The fighting fish he has are top grade and some of them don’t come cheap. To find out more, you can visit his website <– here

What to Look Out for When Buying Fighting Fish?

  • While selecting a betta fish, look for one that shows energy and has its fins unharmed.
  • A healthy betta fish will show awareness during feeding times.
  • With sufficient space, betta fish will swim around energetically, flaring their gills and showing off their fin display in order to be a focus for mates.
  • An unhealthy fish will not swim around a lot and will not show awareness in food. The state of its fins may also get worse.
  • Do not purchase a fish that appears to be less healthy, even if all of the fish in the store that day appear lethargic and unwell.

What Do You Need to Keep Fighting Fish?

  • An aquarium or bowl (don’t really have to be a big one)
  • Water conditioner (anti-chlorine chemical to remove chlorine chemical in tap water)
  • A fish net (to scoop up your fighting fish when doing water change, I will generally recommend a Betta Scoop as it does not damage the fins of fighting fish)
  • A small plant (for your fighting fish to have some privacy but do select one where the edges are not sharp)
Some people do add some gravel stones or decorating stones to enhance the appearance of the tank. Generally, that is not recommended as it may tear the fins of your fighting fish. Also, tt is recommended to avoid metal decorations. Since metal reacts with water, it can pose serious threat to the health of your fighter fish.

What Do You Feed the Fighting Fish?

You can feed the fighting fish a variety of food and they are classified mainly into two categories. Live food and Non-Live Food.

Live food can be bloodworms, daphnia (also known as Ang Boon in Hokkien), or baby brine shrimps. However, live food are really expensive and are not able to last more than a few days. The worst thing about feeding live food to fighting fish is that diseases can be easily spread and once the fighting fish has gotten used to eating live food, they might reject non-live food.

Non-live food are food pellets that are made from brine shrimp meat or white fish meat. There are many brands out there but the one I strongly would recommend is the Atison’s Betta Pro which you can purchase from Petsmart at Serangoon North. The Atison’s Betta Pro can be considered the best food available in the market for fighting fishes.

My Fighting Fishes

My Yellow Black Plakad (Male)

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My Red HalfMoon (Male)

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My Red Halfmoon (Female)

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My Red Crowntail Which Unfortunately Died After Mating

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If I have garnered enough interests from you readers about these beautiful exotic fighting fishes, my future blog entries would include topics such as Breeding Fighting Fishes, Common Diseases for Fighting Fish and How to Tackle Them, Best Practices and Tips from Local Breeders.

Should you have any queries about keeping fighting fish, please do not hesitate to drop me an email or an sms.

ps. I have just bred some baby fries and there are about 20 of them which I intend to give away if you’re interested. These are bred from both my red halfmoons (pictures as above) and they were bought from Kelson, so you can be assured that its of a high quality breed. Let me know if you’re interested to keep them as a pet.

Also, if you are interested to breed fighting fish, check out my blog post about breeding fighting fishes.

 

Hello Everyone,
here is an update as to how my Triops are doing.

Just some background information, the 1st generation of Triops that I had was the one and only one I had. When it died, I didn’t know that it had laid eggs until I looked really closely at the water. From just 1 Triops (from the initial kit I bought from Pet Lover’s Centre), I now have 6 2nd Generation Triops. In case you are wondering how they are doing now, here are some photos and a video.

Pictures of My Triops: Day 7 Since They Hatched

2nd Generation of Triops

2nd Generation of Triops

A Short Video of My Triops

 

Some Additional Information That You Might Be Interested To Know About

  • I sometimes feed my Triops with Daphnia. Most of the time, I feed them with Brine Shrimp Pellets (similar to what I feed my Betta Fishes with)
  • When the water level of the tank is less than half, I would top it up with tap water (anti-chlorine chemical added)
  • Do not top up too much water or change the water entirely as Triops might not be able to adjust to the sudden drop in water temperature.
If you have any questions regarding the breeding of Triops or any other enquiries, please feel free to drop me an email at melvin.ocs@gmail.com
Cheers!
Hello Everyone,

having raised Triops for almost more than 1 month now, I would like to share this exciting and fun experience with all of you.

How I Started Out?

Well, one day, when baby and I were heading to NeX to catch a movie, we passed by the Pet Lovers Centre to check out what new pets they had and lo and behold, we stumbled upon this UANTriops kit and I got really excited about it. Seeing the kiddish smile on my face, Baby bought the kit for me to experiment and explore despite me insisting that I should pay for it. I bet you must be having many questions right now and I shall attempt to be very detailed as I can in this blog entry.

What does the UANTriops kit comes with?
  • A clear plastic container to raise your Triops in
  • Triops Eggs for you to hatch Triops
  • Triops Food to feed your Triops
  • Thermometer Strip to measure the temperature of the water
  • Feeding Spoon to feed the Triops food to your Triops
  • Plastic Vacuum Tube to vacuum out all the unconsumed food  to prevent any waste and toxic buildup
  • Rectangular Plastic Microscope to view your baby Triops which I find not very useful
  • Instruction Sheet to guide you on setting up the container, how much to feed, and what to look out for
Day 1 (16 July 2011)

Alright, being a newbie at this whole new experience with no background at all, I followed every instructions on the box and modified some of it on my own.

This is how my setup actually look like.

Triops Day 1

Note: I decided to add some beach sand to my tank setup because I wanted to breed more Triops. For your information, Triops enjoy digging sand to lay their eggs in.

Precaution: Please do not use tap water for the tank setup as tap water contains chlorine. You should only use tap water if you have added anti-chlorine chemical into the water. For me, I used Evian Mineral Water. I am not entirely sure if distilled water is actually a good idea because the water is too pure and too clean.

General Advise: Do not be disheartened if you do not see the eggs hatched within 24 hours. Mine actually took longer than that. So don’t go do anything to it and don’t be too anxious. Just be patient and wait!

Day 3 (19 July 2011)

In a span of 3 days, this is how much my Triops have grown!

Triops Day 10

Note: Out of the supposedly 10 eggs, 3 actually hatched. One died while still a tiny baby and the other died when it was unable to shed its shell for some reason.

Day 5 (21 July 2011)

My Triops has reached maturity and is shedding its own shell. At this point in time, it enjoys digging the sand for some reason. Probably to lay eggs?

Triops Day 12

Day 28 (13 August 2011)

Triops Day 35

Today, I saw my Triops acting pretty weirdly. It wriggled on its back and was no longer as active as it was the day before. Sensing that it must be dying soon, I prepared for the worst and true enough, it died that day. I asked myself if I should get another kit to entertain myself but I decided against it as I have three other Betta fishes to take care off. However, just as I was about to dispose the entire kit, I saw about 5 small organisms in the water wriggling about. Looking closer, I realised that they were the offsprings of the Triops which died!

Feeling rejuvenated and excited once again, I crossed my fingers and dropped a little spoonful of Triops food around the tank.

Day 30 (15 August 2011)

Triops Day 37

I am proud to say that I am now the owner of 6 young Triops and they are now swimming as happily as they can be! If the conditions are right, I suppose I might be able to breed more Triops in the very near future! Stay tuned for more updates along the way. Should you have any queries about Triops and breeding them, feel free to drop me an email.

Some Frequently Asked Questions, extracted from UANTriops Distributor Website 

Reasons why you should keep Triops!

1) Triops are easy to care for and maintain, plus they only require a minimum of equipment, space and cost. Best of all, everything is in the UANTriops package!

2) Triops are truly instant-pets! They hatch within 24 hrs.

3) A great “beginner’s guide” to keeping an aquarium! Triops offer an easy-to-start aquarium experience, educating owners with the fundamental approach to caring for an aquarium.

4) Re-live History! It educates the young generation on the valuable life cycle. Many schools over the whole have used this package as an educational tool to educate kids.

5) Counter Mosquito! In some countries, Triops are a biological vector of mosquito control. The similar environment that both their young ones live in enables both to spawn but Triops grow much faster and thus, able to feed on the larves of Mosquito.

6) Triops are kinda like Sea-Monkeys but much bigger and a whole lot COOLER!