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Old 05-11-2012, 10:04 PM   #1 
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What Supplies are Nescessary for Breeding?

I'm 13 years old, and I want to start breeding betta fish.

I don't have a lot of money, and I love fish. So, I want to start breeding betta fish. I'm willing to make a bit of investment in supplies. I'm going to have a lot of time since its summer.

I think I know how this works. You introduce the female into the tank, seperated from the male. When the male makes his bubble nest, you release the female. If they fight too much, take the female out and seperate her, and try again later. Anyways, the male will embrace the female to release the eggs. They will pick up the eggs together. Then you take them out, and put them in seperate tanks.

Now, what I don't know is how to take care of fry. I heard you can feed them baby brine shrimp eggs. I've found them on Amazon but they're really expensive... I've also heard of a method which involves leaving some grass in a jar on the window sill in the sunlight and harvesting the worms that grow inside!?

Now, what else will I need? I know its going to cost a bit to buy all these tanks, filters and heaters to keep 100 betta fish in my room...

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Old 05-11-2012, 10:24 PM   #2 
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If you think bbs is expensive then you should hold back on breed.
That stuff that grow in green water is infusion

12 gram should be enough to Feed about 150+ fry till they're big enough to switch there diet

Read the sticky on the top.
It will help
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Actually, I guess baby brine shrimp aren't that bad. I found some on Amazon, 3.5 oz (99.2g) of brine shrimp eggs for $20. I guess thats not so bad considering I can raise over 1,000 fry with that. I will just have to buy one of those huge jars of betta food that are like $20 since I will have 100 betta fish...
Shrimp eggs: http://www.amazon.com/0-21-Brine-Shr...6793423&sr=8-1
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Just buy enough to feed your for a few month.
What ever you don't use will go bad.
I have a tub of 6 gram from a year ago.
I'm trying to hatch it but no success
Don't chew on more then you can bite.
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Just buy enough to feed your for a few month.
What ever you don't use will go bad.
I have a tub of 6 gram from a year ago.
I'm trying to hatch it but no success
Don't chew on more then you can bite.
You have to hatch the shrimp!? I thought the fry just ate the eggs.... people in the reviews are saying it doesn't hatch.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:57 PM   #6 
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Decaps are cheap. A can of eggs that hatch goes for $40 at least.

The stickies in this section are detailed on how to breed bettas.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:01 PM   #7 
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First of all, welcome to the forum.

It would be best if you at least read the stickies. Then as you get everything ready, do more research. Look at breeding and fighting videos to understand how they swim - to understand their body language.

You would at least need a 10g tank/tub. Live plants is good for hiding places and for the fry. Live food for fry. Thermometer and heater. Pumps and filters are optional but will be much better. And for later, you will need a lot of jars.

Fill up a 5g bucket (add about a cup of spring/lake water), add dead leaves for the substrate (optional) and water plants. Place it outside where it gets about an hour of direct sunlight daily. Set this up now - the longer this bucket is aged , the better. You should have micro critters to feed your fry..... You can set up your breeding tank this way as well (without dead leaves). !!! this bucket will only supply food for the first few days. You will still need other fry food like micro worms, BBS, etc.

If possible, you could also start a daphnia culture - same method as above + daphnia food like veggies, grass clippings, etc. Daphnia can be fed after fry are about 1 month old (5mm).

Patience is the key to successful breeding. So read as many information as you can and ask as many questions as possible.....
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They will pick up the eggs together. Then you take them out, and put them in seperate tanks.
You do not need to seperate the male until the fry becomes free swimming.
(Remember to let the female release all her eggs before taking her out)
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Just buy enough to feed your for a few month.
What ever you don't use will go bad.
I have a tub of 6 gram from a year ago.
I'm trying to hatch it but no success
Don't chew on more then you can bite.
Where did you store your eggs? I'm told to freeze most, refrigerate the rest.

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I'm 13 years old, and I want to start breeding betta fish.
You don't need a lot, UNTIL it comes time to jar all those fish. THEN you will really need a dedicated fish room unless you can afford a lot of heaters....

Really it depends on how large a spawn you have. If you could limit the spawning to about 20 eggs, it could be manageable. Or an aggressive culling after a week or two? You have to have the strength to decide who will live and who will die.....

1 tank for male, 1 tank for female. both about 5 gal with heaters. One large tub for breeding and gro-out, with heater and sponge filter. At least one more large tub with heater to hold your jars unless you get a dedicated fish room.

This would be about the bare-minimum breeding kit.
Good luck,
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