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Titles in Barron's popular series of Pet Handbooks present comprehensive information and helpful advice from breeders, veterinarians, and other pet experts. These full-color books instruct on housing, feeding, healthcare, and more. In The Betta Handbook, those interested in these brilliantly colored beginners' fishes will learn how to keep them well-fed and healthy so they can continue to brighten the aquarium tank. This book covers all the Betta varieties.
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Overview


Titles in Barron's popular series of Pet Handbooks present comprehensive information and helpful advice from breeders, veterinarians, and other pet experts. These full-color books instruct on housing, feeding, healthcare, and more. In The Betta Handbook, those interested in these brilliantly colored beginners' fishes will learn how to keep them well-fed and healthy so they can continue to brighten the aquarium tank. This book covers all the Betta varieties.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764127281
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Series: Barron's Pet Handbooks
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 340,535
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vi
1. Introduction 1
Labyrinth Fishes 1
Siamese Fighting Fish 2
2. Characteristics of the Genus 7
Fin Types 8
Iridescence and Opaqueness 10
Colors 11
Pigments 13
Carotenoids 20
Pterins 21
Overview 21
3. Bubblenesting Bettas 23
Bubblenester Basics 23
Splendens Group 26
Bellica Group 31
Coccina Group 34
Related Species or Possible Variants 43
4. Mouthbrooding Bettas 45
Mouthbrooder Basics 45
Betta dimidiata: A Betta Without a Species Group! 49
Picta Group 50
Pugnax Group 58
Waseri Group 63
Akarensis Group 69
Foerschi Group 73
Albimarginata Group 74
Patoti-Unimaculata Group 77
Populations of Uncertain Status 81
5. Foods and Feeding 83
Foods for Fry 84
Foods for Larger Bettas 87
Prepared Foods 95
6. Common Diseases and Treatments 97
Physical and Chemical Effects 97
Infectious Diseases 100
Viruses 101
Responding to an Outbreak 102
Bacteria 103
Antibiotics and Antimicrobials 104
Principal Bacterial Diseases 105
Protozoa 108
Gill and Skin Flukes 112
Internal Flukes and Tapeworms 112
Nematodes 112
Arthropod Parasites 113
General Considerations 113
7. Zoogeography 101--Where Bettas Live and How They Got There 114
Betta History 114
The Geography of Bettas 118
8. Betta Genetics 132
The Basics 132
Mendel Revisited 135
Alleles 136
Mutations vs. Alleles 137
DNA and RNA Triplet Codes 138
9. Breeding Bettas 140
Conditioning 140
The Breeding Tank 140
The First Date 141
Spawning 143
Hatching 144
Feeding the Fry 145
Grow-out 146
Culling 146
10. Other Anabantoids 147
Family Helostomatidae 147
Family Osphronemidae 147
Family Anabantidae 148
Glossary 151
References 160
Index 165
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