The Betta Handbook

The Betta Handbook

by Robert J. Goldstein Ph.D.

Paperback

$12.99

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764127281
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/15/2004
Series: Barron's Pet Handbooks
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsvi
1.Introduction1
Labyrinth Fishes1
Siamese Fighting Fish2
2.Characteristics of the Genus7
Fin Types8
Iridescence and Opaqueness10
Colors11
Pigments13
Carotenoids20
Pterins21
Overview21
3.Bubblenesting Bettas23
Bubblenester Basics23
Splendens Group26
Bellica Group31
Coccina Group34
Related Species or Possible Variants43
4.Mouthbrooding Bettas45
Mouthbrooder Basics45
Betta dimidiata: A Betta Without a Species Group!49
Picta Group50
Pugnax Group58
Waseri Group63
Akarensis Group69
Foerschi Group73
Albimarginata Group74
Patoti-Unimaculata Group77
Populations of Uncertain Status81
5.Foods and Feeding83
Foods for Fry84
Foods for Larger Bettas87
Prepared Foods95
6.Common Diseases and Treatments97
Physical and Chemical Effects97
Infectious Diseases100
Viruses101
Responding to an Outbreak102
Bacteria103
Antibiotics and Antimicrobials104
Principal Bacterial Diseases105
Protozoa108
Gill and Skin Flukes112
Internal Flukes and Tapeworms112
Nematodes112
Arthropod Parasites113
General Considerations113
7.Zoogeography 101--Where Bettas Live and How They Got There114
Betta History114
The Geography of Bettas118
8.Betta Genetics132
The Basics132
Mendel Revisited135
Alleles136
Mutations vs. Alleles137
DNA and RNA Triplet Codes138
9.Breeding Bettas140
Conditioning140
The Breeding Tank140
The First Date141
Spawning143
Hatching144
Feeding the Fry145
Grow-out146
Culling146
10.Other Anabantoids147
Family Helostomatidae147
Family Osphronemidae147
Family Anabantidae148
Glossary151
References160
Index165

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