Lately, I have been thinking about Mr. Plum and how unique he is and how much owning him has changed my life. Since cloning him is out of the question, I have thought about breeding him. This would be my first spawn and I am really worried that things won't go well. I rather own Mr. Plum and not have his fry, then have his fry and loose him.
I have done some research and have decided that if I do breed him I will you plastic tubs from walmart for the spawning/growout tank. I will get a new heater and get a sponge filter. With research comes some concerns and some questions. I have listed them below...
Concern: I don't want to risk Mr. Plum dying in this spawn. I rather not have any fry at all, then loose Mr. Plum.
Question: Is there anything I can do to make sure that Mr. Plum survives and thrives if I decide to spawn?
Concern: Since he is a Petco Betta I do not have a female that would make a good match for him. I can NOT buy a female from aquabid, so my only option is buying a HMPK female from Petco.
Question: What color females would be OK for him to breed with? I will definitely look for a Butterfly, but there is a very slim chance that I will find a Salamander.
Concern: I know that you have to condition the pair before you breed them.
Question: What is the best food for me to feed them during this time?
Concern: Even though it is very unlikely for them to produce 500 fry, I do not want 40 - 100 fry that I have to re-home. I have read about separating them before they finish spawning but that, there are usually after effects to both.
Question: What is the best way to ensure that I only get 20 - 30 fry?
Concern: I am fine with culling fry thy may have defects/severe medical issues. Though I may shed a tear I know it will be for the best.
Question: What is the best way to euthanize the fry without using clove oil?
I am new to this and I want to make sure I do it right and that all my fry and both parents will be happy healthy little fishys!!
Any other tips I should know about?
Sorry for asking so many questions!
Here is a picture of Mr. Plum!