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I have just received a pair of Betta Mandor a rarer species of the betta family and in receiving them I have decided to create a journal where I can document everything I notice or experience in keeping them. This also stems from being unable to find much of anything in the way of personal experience bout caring for this beautiful fish in captivity. Hopefully this is helpful to anyone wanting to keep wild bettas or just wanting to know more about this species.

Their current parameters are a ph of 6.5, 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrate, and 10 Nitrite, temp 85 F. After acclimating the pair both began exploring their new home with both sticking close to each other understandably. While exploring the tank both attempted to eat random things the male made several attempts to eat a snail and the female tried to eat a leaf of dwarf sag. I did a first feeding of frozen bloodworms by taking a single worm in a set of planting tweezers and wiggling it around in the water the fish then quickly came and after a first sample ate quite a few worms. For appearance both male and female after two hours of acclimating had a coloring of a very light milk chocolate no visible gold or red bars on their cheek area. The male does have a blue iridescence color on the edges of all his fins with both fish having a iridescent blue rim on their eyes. At two and half hours after acclimating faint gold bars have started to appear. Eight hours of acclimating the gold bars on both male and female cheeks has become pronounced with a faint black color appearing on the edges of the male's fins just under the blue band. Last thing for this post I have seen the bettas "yawn" opening their big mouths they look very cute when they do it. Will post an update soon with pics!

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Day Two

Second day of having these betta in my possession and I think I might need to buy a breeder box or some more hiding places. Let me explain I have been watching the fish today and the male seems to be consistently chasing the female she doesn't seem to have taken any damage but will keep a close eye on his aggression. The theory I have is that the male might be holding eggs not that I have seen them spawning but today the male has constantly been expanding and contracting his cheek pouches so... Eggs? Other than that they are still doing well. I will snag some pics and videos later tonight.

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I've never heard of this species! That's really cool! 

Do you have a second tank you can move the female to so he can get a break? I've heard of females starving males because they don't give them enough time to get conditioned after a brood hatches. Separating her out may also make it easier to raise the fry. 

I'm really interested in how this goes. See if you can get some pictures

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Thanks for the advice @Schuyler I do have another tank I could move her to. I actually don't think there's eggs yet I just need to create more hiding spots for the both of them. They are definitely giving me an excuse to buy some new toys...

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Had some time today to get a few pics of the male he has just started to develop these deep ruby red bars on his cheeks they show up okay in the pics. His fins have also  developed more of black rim and the blue he does have has started to become more iridescent. The female I will try to upload some pictures tomorrow has had her gold bars on her cheeks become more shimmery and has developed dark brown vertical lines across her body. The male has also started to put together that when I come close to the tank he is most likely going to get food 😂 

Sorry for the bad photo quality will try to get better one tomorrow.

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The female tends to hide much more than the male but both can be difficult to spot because their brown bodies blend in so well with the all the brown wood. The male will tend to come out an beg for food when I approach the tank and he is not afraid to take the bloodworms from the tweezers. Again the female is more shy and will not come out as readily to feed.

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On 6/16/2024 at 11:53 AM, JE47 said:

Here is a video link to a video I took of the male chasing the female

Sorry for the bad video quality the shaky camera, and the loud air pump in the background.

Do you think it may be too bright for them? Have you consider adding some floating plants or other stuff for them to hide under?

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I do have floating plants in there they are taking a second to fill in. Yes, the light is a little bright for them I have since turned it down to the lowest it can go and added more hiding spots. I had to order more decor for them to hide under and in but the package took its sweet time in getting to me. Thanks for the advice! 😀

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