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Old 03-19-2012, 06:29 PM   #1 
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Question Breeding tank Size

How large should the breeding tank be? I've heard people say 5-10 gallon tanks are alright but then i've heard that a tank needs to be no less than 20gallons. So what size is it?
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:33 PM   #2 
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Breeding tanks can be 5-10 gallons or bigger, though when it is bigger it can take longer to breed, or so I have heard... I am not a breeder but I stalk breeding logs lol.

Grow out should be 20 gallons or more though.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:13 PM   #3 
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I used a 10gal for my first spawn, but I want to try a 5gal to more easily feed my fry. I have to scatter their food and make sure it settles near them, but in a five, they'll be closer together and I won't have to spread it around. I only have my fry in about 4 gallons at two weeks, so a smaller one wouldn't harm. I change about 70% water daily.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:21 PM   #4 
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I use 4 gallon plastic tubs to spawn my bettas. I cram a ton of live plants in them and a ton of IAL with a lid of some sort for the nest. I only fill them with three to four inches of water. I keep the lid on tightly so the temperature stays stable and the fry can develop their labyrinths. I am now placing my tubs at the top of my 6ft shelf so the heat from the space heaters and other tanks keeps them from 82F to 88F so I no longer need heaters and I can place jugs of clean water up there for water changes.

I like the tubs because it makes moving the fry at 3-4 weeks of age easier. I simply drain to an inch, float, slowly add water, then I pour them into the 30 gallons.

I do recommend a larger tank for your first spawns (10 gallon) but this method has worked best for me.

I get mine for $3 each at King Soopers (Kroger, City Market etc.)

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Old 03-19-2012, 08:58 PM   #5 
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Thanks! I plan on trying to breed betta during the summer when i have time off from school and sports. Also i saw your thread with video on the tank setup that was very helpful.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:44 PM   #6 
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Pictures

Here's some pics to show my set up.

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How they're set up
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:50 PM   #7 
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thanx
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:14 PM   #8 
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MrVampire. I love your fish room :o

I used 10 gallons the first 2 times. Tmie depends on the betta's themselves, and yes, the tank size helps. Next time I'd like to cycle a 5 gallon, with a sponge filter. Maybe even toss in live plants here and there
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MrVampire. I love your fish room :o

I used 10 gallons the first 2 times. Tmie depends on the betta's themselves, and yes, the tank size helps. Next time I'd like to cycle a 5 gallon, with a sponge filter. Maybe even toss in live plants here and there
Thank you!

I will on occasion use a 10 gallon with the traditional stuff. I personally don't see them getting harmed more easily in either set up. They'll always have scrapes and ripped fins. I just recommend checking your pair once every hour until the spawning is complete. That why they have privacy, but are still being monitered
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:06 AM   #10 
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that's a good idea my one gal I tried to breed...well she was a right down brute and tore up the male's fins x.x So I ended up pulling them lol. She was ready but went to his first bubble nest, he was ready but leading her to the other nest... He was confusing the poor thing haha!!
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