Description The fascinating Siamese fighting fish (also known as Betta), is a popular species of freshwater aquarium fish. The wild ancestors of this fish are native to the rice paddies of Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam. The colorful male betta painstakingly builds a bubble nest to prepare for spawning. The act of spawning itself is called a 'nuptial embrace', whereby the male wraps his body around the female releasing 10-40 eggs during each embrace, until the female is fully depleted. The male, in his turn, releases milt into the water, and fertilization takes place. During and after spawning, the male tirelessly uses his mouth to retrieve sinking eggs and deposit them in the bubble nest. Once the female has released all of her eggs, she is chased away from the male's territory, as it is likely that she'll eat the eggs due to hunger. The eggs remain in the male's meticulous care. He carefully keeps them in his bubble nest, making sure none fall, while keeping the bubble nest in good repair. Incubation lasts for 2436 hours; newly-hatched larvae remain in the nest for the next 23 days until their yolk sacs are fully absorbed. Afterwards the fry leave the nest and the free-swimming stage begins.
I.M. Spadecaller, Clearwater Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Welcome to Spadecaller's Galleries. All the art in my galleries are original creations. Gallery prints and canvases are fulfilled by Imagekind. If you have questions please contact Imagekind; however if you have any concerns, please contact me as well. I can look into matters myself to get answers for you. I want to make sure your experience purchasing my art prints will be positive and successful. For inquiries, please contact me at: www.spadecallerart.com
At eight years old in the late 50’s, I started private training in traditional oil techniques. To this day, I owe my appreciation to my mother, who has since passed away. Through considerable personal sacrifice, she nurtured my artistic talent and provided me with the tools and circumstances to begin my creative journey - the journey that I still follow. I cherish the memories of the art exhibits and museums that we visited in Manhattan. I later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's and up until the late 80's, I exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. Presently, I reside in Florida with my loving wife, who I've been married to for thirty years. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, I turned to creating digital hand painted images and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that I had once found in oils. - Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz)