Originally Posted by kfryman
OFL spawns and raises all her bettas in planted tanks, she almost never has missing ventrals. I think there is much more food available in an aged planted tank that the fry are swimming trying to get the natural food already in the tank. I would also think the fry would be more at home and would swim around more than in a bare tank with almost nothing for them to do.
That's just my two cents. I have never bred before though.
I think you need to compare your breeding goals with OFL's.
She has good methods that work for her but if you're breeding show fish there's things that will improve your fry's finnage and growth rate that might differ in a setup like that.
My fry are very active and swim all over the tank. I make my own natural food by using plants at the beginning of the spawn to create infusoria for the fry to eat the first few days. Then I start the water changes and feed live food.
The problem with ignoring the need for large water changes is the stunting hormone released by the fry. Your fry will grow but at a much slower rate than one that get large water changes to remove the hormone.
By the looks of your pair I assume you're breeding to maybe show one day but if I'm wrong then ignore my imput.