Interviu Joep van Esch
 
  
1.   De ce si cand anume ai inceput sa lucrezi cu Betta splendens?
In copilarie cresteam Budgerigar si mai multe specii de papagali australieni pentru  expozitii, impreuna cu tatal meu. La varsta de 20 de ani am plecat din casa parintilor mei, pentru a studia biologie medicala. Din pacate a trebuit sa renunt la cresterea pasarilor. In 2001 m-am mutat intr-o camera studenteasca mai mare si aveam, in sfarsit, loc sa tin din nou cateva animale. Am inceput sa cresc guppy in cateva mici acvarii. Am devenit interesat de Betta in 2002, accesand in mod intamplator un forum Betta olandez. Am descoperit ca ceea ce aveam eu era foarte potrivit, de asemenea,  pentru a pastra si a inmulti Betta splendens. In martie 2003 am obtinut prima mea pereche de inmultire si de atunci am continuat sa inmultesc Betta.
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1. Why and when did you start with Betta splendens?
As a kid I used to breed Budgerigars and several Australian parrot species for shows together with my father. When I was 20 I moved out of my parents house to study medical Biology I unfortunately had to stop breeding birds. In 2001 I moved to a bigger student room and finally had place to keep some animals again. I started with a few small aquariums to breed guppies. I became interested in bettas in 2002 by accidentally stumbling on a Dutch Betta forum. I found out that the set-up I had was very suitable for the keeping & breeding Betta splendens too. In March 2003 I obtained my first breeding pair and have been breeding Bettas ever since.
 
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