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The Uglies Spawn Log

In the past I have had little-to-no success in the past with breeding bettas. I got one pair to spawn (it was a small spawn) but only had one stunted fry in the end. I had numerous failed attempts at spawning. Realizing I might have been over-complicating things, I decided to experiment with an inexpensive pair of Petco bettas. The female was almost white when I bought her, with just a few speckles of green. After marbling she is mostly green now (to my dismay). The male is a piebald blue DT. They appear to be still somewhat young, not adult-sized. But, hey, the more "into it" they'll be, not like the old fart I used first time around.

I have a heavily planted twenty gallon breeder which I kept the female in for a week after purchasing. The male was bought later that week. The night I bought him he was a very pale color, obviously stressed. So without thinking, I dumped him into the twenty gallon. When seeing the female, he turned dark blue in a matter of minutes. Seeing as how they were the least violent of all my pairs, I left them in there, figuring if they spawn then they spawn.

Two days later I caught their last spawn. He blew the bubble nest under a banana lily leaf. The height of the nest was impressive. I had one male make his nest on the fly and another think that bubbles should be scattered and not clustered. I took the female out that night (last night) and am expecting fry Sunday morning (80*F water).

This log will be more for my benefit, a place to keep track of everything and to look back on for future spawns. Expect lots of pictures!

Here is mum (crappy picture before cleaning the tank, sorry) and dad:
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I dont think they are ugly. Goodluck with them.

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Here are some bubble nest/egg pictures. I like how there is a reflection in the bubbles of the male.

Spawning spanned 1pm to 6pm 4/7/16. Female removed ~9pm.

The lily pad is rotting, hope it lasts until fry are free swimming.

Female looks a little rough. No body nips, except tail looks like a grass hula skirt.

Male is being fed during egg period.
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I dont think they are ugly. Goodluck with them.

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Aw, thanks! I like the weird ones best of all but my best friend calls them "unique" aka ugly. This is an ugly contender for the same female after a long R&R.
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More notes for myself:
No conditioning of either male or female prior to spawning. Female did not look eggy at all until noon of 4/7.
Mystery snails taken out of tank until fry will be free swimming.
Maximum lighting from 7am to 12am. Lights completely off at night.
No chimney or prior introduction.
Fish were fed normally during courtship.
Whisper filter, large airstone, sponge filter all on. Salvinia helped keep nest from being disturbed.

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looks good to me, they are not ugly :)
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Love that pic of the male checking out his bubble nest!
I think that male has a nice body shape compared to most DTs I've seen
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I love that DT, not ugly at all... In fact he is gorgeous!!

There girl is interesting though I'm not gonna lie.She good color and form, but I think the marble gen acted weird on her. But I think you will get cool fry!!!! Good luck
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My fish sitter messaged me at 9pm letting me know babies are hatching!

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Wait whatttt!!! You have a fish sitter????$&&))@&"

Not fair, I want one!!

Congrats, the fun begins
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