I spawn using a more natural method in 5-10gal soil based heavy planted tanks-full to the top with water, no filter, temp 80F and I stay on a 10-12h/day PP even when I have eggs/fry. I also feed the pair if they stay together over 24h.
Tanks are stocked with lots of common snails to help with cleanup and to produce microorganisms/infusoria for free range fry food.
Lots of RCS (red sherry shrimp
) and in the 10gal's- I will have an under 2in BN pleco (these are changed out on a regular basis due to growth
The snails and shrimp complete my little ecosystems and have jobs.
Depending on my goal/plan for the spawn-I may or may not leave the male long term and sometimes I will leave the female long term-just depends on my goal/plan.
I condition the breeders in separate containers-neither in the spawning tank and placed so that they can't see each other or any other fish/Bettas for at least 3-4 days (my Bettas are always in breeding condition nutritionally
) I mass feed them with live mosquito larva and allow them to see each other for about 5min each day. I allow the water to cool down a bit to usually around 75-76F and I don't make any water changes, however, the small temporary container will have a sprig of live plant and water lettuce in the Oak tanned water.
Once they are ready-I drop both in the spawning tank to give them a little shock and I usually will have spawning within an hour to no longer than first light the next day.
I don't wait on a nest, the mass of live plants provide a natural divider to prevent injury and premature egg drops.
I float a dried Oak leaf for the nest anchor, however, usually he will use one of the floating water lettuce plants for his nest.
Lots of different ways to successfully keep, spawn and rear fry-Its finding what works best for you, your breeders and what you have on hand.
With that said, I do recommend using the standard method for your first spawning attempt.