Posted 04 May 2007 - 04:43 PM
A good paradigm of hybrid wild caught breeding techniques is presented just 20 kilometers from Bangkok. The Samutsakhon province or the local name Mahachai is the brother province of Bangkok and is also connected to the sea. Five hundred years ago Mahachai was called “Tha Cheen” meaning Chinese sea trade port. I believe that the Chinese merchants carried Plakat Thai from this port to Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam or even Indonesia. Geographically, Mahachai is a mangrove forest, which is much different than the rice paddies most wild caught Bettas are found in. The water in the mangrove forest is brackish and full of dust, so the fish use their bright scales to communicate with each other. The Mahachai hybrid strain has unique color patterns and crystal bright scales, such a splendid and charming fish
Posted 04 May 2007 - 04:51 PM
Do remember that there is "brackish water" and then there's "brackish water". A few other anabantids are found in weakly brackish water, Anabas spp., Osphronemus spp., perhaps some others too. But none are found in mid to high salinity brackish water conditions.
Posted 04 May 2007 - 09:17 PM
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