Alright, its been quite a while since the last update. There's quite a but that's been happening. Had my exams going on and the moment where i was just biting my nails refreshing the Results page for my exams for about a week. Aside from that, just lots of frustrating moments with my bettas and tanks.
So ever since i finished dosing the Bio Nitrivec to the tank, the tank had a very very serious clouding up, i can't even count my otos. Here's a photo just for reference sake when it was at it worst before i started to do water changes.
The otos are 100% fine and the plants are fine to although they were probably deprived of light. The hair algae just bloomed like crazy even though there was zero iron and phosphates tested. Water parameters were perfect, 0 ammo, nitrite and nitrate. Truthfully though, i also neglected to clean the hair algae for a week which led to the insane algae growth. Consulted my LFS for some advice while i was doing 30% changes every other day to clear the water, we came to the decision that it would be best to restart by doing a 100% water change to clear the water column of whatever was causing the problem (still no idea why this is happening). 25 liters of water later, here's the result.
Water params are still stable and fine, otos are fine, water hasn't been clouding up yet but the hair algae is still blooming regardless. Its getting pretty annoying so i've decided to go with getting 6 CRS and CBS in there since the tank seems pretty stable now along with about 5 or so baby golden apple snail that spawned from the 2 i bought.
Nibblez is doing great in his 14 liter with IAL in his tank now, also chucked in the 2 golden apple snails i bought for the breeding tank temporarily.
This has to be the most frustrating of all, got me banging my head up against the wall. I conditioned the breeding pair i bought for slightly over 2 weeks, the female was full of eggs and the male was building bubble nests continuously. I took the satellite breeding box the female was in out of the main tank and removed everything, gave the whole tank a good scrub down, clean and setup the breeding tank yesterday. Here are some photos of the lovely pair i decided to name Adam and Eve (the first pair to breed :D)
And here is the photo of the tank setup.
I took quite a lot of footage and recorded the pair throughout the process while i left them to it so i can review how it went. They started to embrace at around 10am a couple of hours after i turned the light back on after the night passed, and then the female went back to hiding at around 4-5pm. They are most likely a virgin couple so they were pretty inexperienced. I have to say the female was really full of eggs though, even after i removed her she was still dropping eggs. The most frustrating thing was watching them time after time attempting to embrace and the male just doing it halfway then swimming off, every time he would just fail to embrace her, he is so focused on the bubble nest though, he would keep building it non stop till the female had to come up to him and poke him in the face till he would attempt to embrace again. She would release the eggs but he just wouldn't be able to embrace her. A few times i thought even though the embrace wasn't perfect, he managed to fertilize the egg and pick them up, i'm thinking he was probably just eating them. 8 hours of failed attempts at embraces, i pulled the female out after she decided to go back to hiding and put her in the satellite breeding box with clean fresh water with IALs to help her heal up even though she doesn't look very battered at all. I left the male in the breeding tank just in case there might be any fertilized eggs at all (even though i highly doubt it). He has a very massive nest right now with the bottom of the tank littered with eggs while he is just swimming around the entire tank completely neglecting the bubble nest.
I just feel so annoyed right now, i'm thinking of reconditioning the pair and trying again but since the male really doesn't seem to be able to get the hang of the embrace and fertilizing the eggs, i'm considering trying a roughly 3-4 month old boy i have who recently perked up quite a lot and grew much bigger than when i first got him with this female in hopes that he might have better chances since he is most likely younger as well. He already blowing bubble nests in his tank. Here's the boy i will be conditioning now instead with the female.
Probably going to upload one of the videos i have for reference sake so the picture im trying to draw with my words isnt just a massive blur and will probably make more sense.