Just thought id share a couple things that dramatically increased the survival rate of my lil ones:
1.FishRoom..just for your bettas. Obvious benefits.
2. Space heater
just 1 per Room, granted its a good one. Fyi...sunbeams last awhile but wont heat but about 50% of fishroom evenly. To put that in "betta" words, if u have multiple breeding tanks, be sure to keep them evenly set within 45° front of heater. hope that made sense. Spending a lil extra on heater does help if u breed in glass tanks. plastic buckets hold heat and distribute more evenly, so sunbeam heaters arent bad for that (but u cant see alot until its time to transfer the fry to a growout tank).Oh and Cover vents,check seals near windows,fix it if ya gotta. And take out those water heaters if necessary.
I could go way into detail but just incase. ALWAYS Monitor the Temp! Dont just leave on high. Too hot kills too.
3. Be resourceful.
if you want a successful spawn , be ready to take care of ALL of them. save any kind of jars or bottles (not small ones plz) old fish tanks, anything that can hold your bettas and separate them when they're old enough waiting for their new homes. Buy dividers or make them . this is awesome for shorter long tanks. after youve thin'd out your bettas, you can divide your growout tank for males.
4. Live Mosquito larvae.
if you hated mosquitos b4. you'll grow to love them. This needs a whole thread to itself, this really is for more exp. breeders. alot of it is common sense but if u wanna learn how to keep/breed happy healthy mosquito larvae , message me or wait for my thread on this. Live food is the best, especially when it's their natural diet! Brineshrimp are ok, so are microworms, but can be costly,messy, and like me you run out. Which is not the case with Mosquitos. I just use 4 buckets outside, shaded area, half full of treated aged water, with couple leaves and a half of an algae pellet (this has other benefits ill dont have time to tell you about, keyword...Infusia) with these 4 items I have enough larvae all season to feed 150+ fry and their parents...grandparents too (: In VA this last from about.... june till early october. But Mother nature always changes. Your fry will love you more! granted you dont overfeed bcuz its so fun to watch, your fry will be more active , dont waste food, and dance every time they see a fish net (this helps not too change water temp for yonger fry, just pour larvae from container slowly, into net, then reverse net inside out, dip in tank...ta dah!)
5. Water quality.
if its dirty and you know it, get to it. Pronto. inflamed gills can/will affect you betta through adulthood. Even after it's cured, they can stay raised ): for fry: use turkey basters, airline hoses w/ a straw inserted one end , for stability. Also, white buckets help to spot any fry that happen to get sucked up. Doing this the correct way will help your fish grow faster. A little bit everyday goes a long ways!
Of course theres a thousand other things you need for a successful stock but just remeber these 5 things and I'm sure your next spawn will cost you less and will be better for your betta babies (:
More to come soon. hope this helps somebody