The little man in my avatar is Bartleby, he was the betta that got me interested into the idea of breeding. Unfortunately, he is also the reason I no longer trust my tapwater. Not only is it awful for bettas (Ph and hardness wise) there is bacteria in the water that has killed almost all of the fish I was owning at the time, including Bartleby (I woke up in the mourning and at the bottom of all the tanks was a orange dust that wasn't there when I changed the water.) He was the first betta I was going to breed because I loved his color, I now filter all my water before it goes into my aquariums.
The loss of Bartleby and many of my other fish taught me a hard lesson I will not soon forget.
It's sad how we sometimes have to learn the hard way about our water. I know exactly how you feel. I had the exact same problem, but with tons more fish.
I went to Philadelphia, PA immediately did a water change after moving things in and the next morning I woke up to all of my fish dead. I had 10-15 bettas, a lot of fry that were about 2.5 months old and just a few tetras. They all died and basically I had to start all over. Meanwhile being without bettas for just over two months.
It was torturous and TBH I was more frustrated when I didn't have my fish than when I did have fish. I really thing that fish help you stop the stress. IMO its better than going through therapy and such that some people sometimes need. So basically I learned the hard way. I just think now...You can never be too careful.
I managed to capture a picture of the babies with the Ipad we own which I had forgotten about until Bettalover mentioned it. They are very small and I had to crop the photo down in order to blow them up a little bit.
They are adorable, earlier I watched this one fry that kept spiraling down and couldn't make it back into the bubble nest even after Kanki had helped the fry a few times. When the fry began to spiral down again Kanki sucked him up and instead of blowing him back into the nest, Kanki swam around with the baby in his mouth for a minute or two, then spat the fry back out and it stuck like glue to the bubbles! Poor thing was tired, it needed a rest and dada helped him out
That is too funny. I could definitely see him doing that. The spiralers are also funny to watch since I can never stop thinking of them as tiny airplanes running out of fuel. If you look REALLY close, you can see the caudal on them looks like a tiny fan.
The iPad takes acceptional pictures. Also the best thing about it is it takes the pictures VERY fast.
So the big day came today and I removed Kanki from the tank, he seemed to be done caring for the fry once they began to move from the nest. He is now in his own tank getting pampered with lots of frozen-feed and pellets along with some IAL to relax him.
That's so good. He needs that pampering right now after all that hard work he did. From the sound of it, he did an amazing job.
I learned to keep the male with the fry for 1-1.5 weeks depending on his attitude toward the fry. I noticed if the male is a good father to the fry, the fry tend to be stronger and healthier.
Another good note is the micoworm culture seems to be stabilizing so a few of those went into the tank. To my surprise, the fry didn't give them a second look! They were completely ignored and sank to the bottom where they are still wriggling (Tonight the bottom of the tank will be siphoned. I have not seen any dead fry yet so that's a good sign ) My best guess as to why the microworms have been ignored is because:
A) They are eating all of the infusoria with gusto
B) I found some very, very small mosquito larvae squiggling around so I am guessing there were smaller ones that the fry snapped up. (I sucked up all the larger larvae and gave them to the sorority...they didn't even manage to squirm before they were eaten.)
Here are some pictures of the wrigglers!
(I added two gallons of fresh water to the tank via drip overnight and the fry haven't been phased in the least, going to add another two gallons tonight)
With fry that small, it takes a few tries to get them to actually eat the live foods. They don't exactly get that, that is their food right there. The instinct will kick in after the second or third try. They'll catch on.
Also mosquito larvae is very good for bettas. They love it.
Just another note. I have to say, you seem to be doing a wonderful job and enjoying this very much. I like reading your posts because they are so fun since you put so much into each of them.