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Old 07-15-2013, 07:58 AM   #11 
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Each of these fish were about four months old. I used a 10-gallon tank filled about two-thirds of the way with water (because I wanted to use a BBS hatchery that requires that water level), with a divider that limited them to less than half of it. I put in Atison's Betta Spa, a heater set to 80, a hiding spot, some floating plants, and bubble wrap with an IAL on top of it. I left her in the jar for several hours, and when I let her out he was so extremely aggressive (constantly chasing and biting and not wooing) that I put her back in the jar and let her out later that night, when his bubble nest seemed complete and he seemed more interested in mating instead of fighting.

I let her out into the tank at 3 a.m. and checked on them occasionally the next day. I left the light on at all times. At 8:30 the following night, when I walked in, they had begun the process of spawning. Each time they wrapped, the male and female both gathered the eggs and put them in the nest. They continued until about 11:30. The female was dropping fewer eggs with each wrap at that point, and the male chased her away. I removed her to a jar.

In general, though, I would listen to the experts here rather than to what worked for me. I am new to this and have not yet raised fry, and this is my first successful spawn out of three attempts (the previous two of which were with another male).
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:05 AM   #12 
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YAY! So exciting!!!! :) Congrats!
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:47 AM   #13 
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OOOO...Let me know how using the BBS hatchery in the tank works out for you. I am all about streamlining stuff. I had considered it before but never tried it because of all the water changes.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:11 PM   #14 
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And...I'm afraid the male might have eaten the eggs. :(

Do any of you with more experience see eggs in these pics? The specks were clearly visible to me last night and even this morning, and now I don't see them....
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Awww. I don't see any eggs.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:22 PM   #16 
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Don't give up though! He could have jammed them up into the bubble wrap. My CT male, spent an entire day putting eggs as high into the bubble wrap as he could, decided he didn't like it, and then moved them all to a brand new nest, a half inch away.
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He doesn't look all bloated up, does he? If Pequea gorged himself on eggs, he would have a pretty round full belly right now.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:51 PM   #18 
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No, he honestly doesn't....and there were hundreds of eggs....
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:25 PM   #19 
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He would be a balloon if he ate all those eggs.

And I think I see some whitish-yellowish spots under the bubblewrap section that is underneath the IAL.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:26 PM   #20 
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The good news: There are still eggs there, plenty of them.

The bad news: The in-tank BBS hatchery I bought was a terrible idea. I didn't stop to think that it might be making a slight current out the escape hatch (it was), and the current diminished the bubble nest substantially. I am hoping that the eggs will still be able to survive--some of them are floating by just a few bubbles, out from under the bubble wrap now. :( And now I have to worry that it might have spilled a bit of its salty water into the tank when I pulled it out.

Learning process. I'm chalking it up to a learning process. But damn.
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