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Old 02-03-2011, 07:44 PM   #1 
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Betta spawning 2.5 gallon

Could I spawn betta's in a 2.5 gallon tank? I am just wondering, because I have my 10 gallon, the way i want it as my display tank, and I don't want to drain the substrate and everything all over again. It's really time heavy, and I hear people spawn in 2.5 gallons without problems? If I have enough java moss in there do you think I will be okay? Can I just move the fry over to the 10 gallon to grow out once they hatch like a week after they hatch?
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:50 PM   #2 
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Eh, Just get another 10 gallon. Bare 10 gals are cheap anyways. Or even a large tupperware from walmart or something. I dont believe that 2.5 gallons provides enough space for them to get away from eachother if need be.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:53 PM   #3 
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yeah i figured it wouldnt be enough space, so im gonna get a tub. would a non clear tub work or does it need to be clear?
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:03 PM   #4 
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2.5 would be fine for a spawn but you have to be careful because it does not allow a lot of room for the female to escape from the chasing male and vice versa.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:07 PM   #5 
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Well if it isn't clear then you wont see the problems the fry will have. IMO clear containes are a necessity... but that's just me.

ALSO. If you breed your female with that VT there will be no half moons and getting an expensive HM female would have been worthless. So I reccomend getting another HM or HMPK instead so your fish are in more popular demand.

Good luck...
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:09 PM   #6 
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i would do that, but see i named the veil tail leon and the female claire. and i want them to mate together because they are the resident evil 2 main characters. i could name one chris, but he is claires brother and that wouldnt work out.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:25 PM   #7 
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i would do that, but see i named the veil tail leon and the female claire. and i want them to mate together because they are the resident evil 2 main characters. i could name one chris, but he is claires brother and that wouldnt work out.
What? Are you seriously telling me that the reason your breeding these two fish is because of their names?

I was trying to give you the benefit of the doubt and just telling myself your a new breeder and havent' done the right research but now I'm thinking you don't really understand what it means to breed responsibly and breed for the right reasons.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:52 PM   #8 
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In order to spawn in a 2.5 gallon give the male half of a styrofoam cup to built his bubble nest under, put java moss or a small terra cotta pot in the opposite corner of the tank. Make sure you have an adjustable heater in the tank near the cup so that the water will stay warmest near the eggs.

Put the female in a glass/plastic cylinder over by the javamoss or terra cotta pot to introduce the two and once the male's bubble nest is built release her, as long as she is showing the signs that she is ready to breed.

I've used this method before it worked wonders. Good luck! :)
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:55 PM   #9 
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thanks betta lovers. when could i transfer them over to the 10 gallon then though?
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:58 PM   #10 
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You mean the fry right? Well, if you wanted to do that I would wait until they are around 1 month old, maybe 2, by then they should have had a long enough time to grow up and experience frequent water changes. Just make sure that the 10 gallon has the same temperature as the 2.5 so that they aren't stressed out by the dramatic change in temperature.

Also, make sure you have baby brine shrimp to feed these little guys!
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