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.
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About the Artist: Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz) is the pseudonym he uses for his visual art, writing, poetry, and video creations; initially, the name came about by his direct approach on subjects that focus on humanitarian issues that impact our world today. He's known to call a spade a spade.
In the late 1950’s, Spadecaller’s formal training in traditional oil painting techniques commenced. He was eight years old, when he started private painting lessons. Through considerable personal sacrifice, his mother, who has since passed away, nurtured his artistic talents and provided him with many of the tools and circumstances to launch his creative journey. Memories of art exhibitions in New York City that his mother introduced him to continue to motivate his quest for excellence. Spadecaller attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71), and during the 70's up until the late 80's, he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. As a realist painter, he strives to capture the beauty of nature and the soul of humankind. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, he turned to creating digital hand painted images, mixed media and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that he had once found in oils.
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