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This website is dedicated to Ol'Conrad.  He passed away shortly after Christmas, 2013.  He had made stupendous contributions to our hobby through his dedicated and careful breeding of aquatic animals.  He was a good friend and best buddy of Pete's and will not only be missed greatly by Pete, the hobby will forever have lost a valuable friend and asset. But his progeny will live on forever in his memory.
The Anabantoidei is a suborder of perciform ray-finned freshwater fish distinguished by their possession of a lung-like labyrinth organ, which enables them to breathe air. The fish in the Anabantoidei suborder are known as anabantoids or labyrinth fish.  Labyrinth fish include, the Betta Splendens AKA Siamese fighting fish and Paradise fish, and Gourami.  All are popular aquarium fish.
I snagged this some place on Google.  A person really needs to be careful of
information they pull off of the internet.

To many folks seem to think because it is on the internet then it must be for truths.  This is not always the case, anyone can write anything and put it   there.  READERS BE VERY WARY AND CHECK YOUR INFORMATION SOURCES.
  Labyrinth organ

 The labyrinth organ, a defining characteristic of fish in the suborder Anabantoidei, is a much-folded     suprabranchial accessory breathing organ. It is formed by vascularized expansion of the epibranchial bone of the first gill arch and used for respiration in air.

This organ allows labyrinth fish to take in oxygen directly from the air, instead of taking it from the water in which they reside through use of gills. The labyrinth organ helps the inhaled oxygen to be absorbed into the bloodstream. As a result, labyrinth fish can survive for a short period of time out of water, as they can inhale the air around them, provided they stay moist.

Labyrinth fish are not born with functional labyrinth organs. The development of the organ is gradual and most labyrinth fish breathe entirely with their gills and develop the labyrinth organs when they grow older.

Behavior

In general, the labyrinth fish are carnivores that eat small aquatic organisms and carrion. Some species will also consume algae and water plants. Most fish are active during daytime but several African species feed at twilight and night. 

Labyrinth fish are well-known for their bubble nesting behavior, although some species do not build bubble nests and employ other methods of brooding. For the bubble nesting species, males establish nesting territories and defend them vigorously. As the name suggests, the bubble nests are floating bubbles coated with oral mucus from the males. Typically, the male bubble nesters stay nearby to guard the nests and constantly retrieve any falling eggs and fry to the nest. 

Some Betta species from fast-flowing waters, however, are mouthbrooders and do not build bubble nests. In these species, males hold the eggs and fry in their mouth and release the free-swimming fry about a week to ten days after spawning.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anabantoidei

Betta splendens  AKA Siamese Fighting Fish

*I am not going to try to describe nor show the many varieties of these beautiful, graceful fish. To do so is way beyond by realm.

I recommend you look thru this website that deals with genetics.
and quit drooling!!!

http://www.bettas-jimsonnier.com/genetics.htmBetta
Butterfly Half Moon Male owned by Mike AKA river11
Crown tail owned by Lotsoffish
  Sadly this is the extent of my options for the more commonly seen and genetically
  produced Betta splendens photos, without pirating from the internet. I prefer to
  display your pictures, so if you have nice photos of your fish, please send them to me
  and I will put up  6 or so and give you credit as the owner.  I am looking for various tail
  and fin styles as well as different colors.

Send your photos to iamlotsoffish2@aol.com  

Below will be photos from Ol'Lotsoffish for the wild type, that is the type found in their native habitat.  And with these too, if you have awesome photos of the wild types that you own and would like to share ------

Betta brownonrum
Betta patoti.
Betta rutilans  ( male )
sadly I do not have a sharp photo, this is one of Ol'Lotsoffish's older photos.
Betta rutilans ( female)
again, an older photo.
Betta uberis

Gourami

Gouramis are a family, Osphronemidae, of freshwater perciform fishes. The fish are native to Asia, from Pakistan and India to the Malay Archipelago and north-easterly towards Korea. The name "gourami" is also used for fish of the families Helostomatidae and Anabantidae. "Gouramis" is an example of a redundant plural. Gourami is already plural, in its original language.

Many gouramis have an elongated ray at the front of their pelvic fins. Many species show parental care: some are mouthbrooders, and others, like the Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens), build bubble nests. Currently, about 90 species are recognised, placed in 4 subfamilies and about 15 genera.

The name Polyacanthidae has also been used for this family. Some fish now classified as gouramis were previously placed in family Anabantidae. The subfamily Belontiinae was recently demoted from the family Belontiidae. As labyrinth fishes, gouramis have a lung-like labyrinth organ that allows them to gulp air and use atmospheric oxygen. This organ is a vital innovation for fishes that often inhabit warm, shallow, oxygen-poor water.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gourami
Sparkling Gourami
Honey Fire Gourami
At this time, I do not know what these are called, Anyone!!   It is a photo of Pete's  and what a beauty!
 Again, this is the extent of photos I could pull off of Lotsoffish's Photobucket account.  Which, BTW is open to the   public.  You are welcome to go look around.  Back to the limit of photos I have put up.  If anyone has any good shots of gourami they have or have had, and would like to see them here, please send them to me at

 iamlotsofish2@aol.com

  and if they muster up, I will put them up and give the fish credit as belonging to you.  DEAL!!   Karen


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