Originally Posted by hrutan
? That information makes me a lot more comfortable. I'm hoping to breed in a couple of years. Right now I'm at the "assimilating information" step.
Anything that I come across to help fry survival rates and general stock health is of great interest. So, thank you.
Also, my apologies for any undue derailment of your journal.
Haha no worries. A few years ago I in exactly the same position of *assimilating information* before I started breeding. This site helped me greatly getting started and I was lucky enough to find some good people to help me along. Ive had the benefit of some time to try things on my own and do comparison studies. Along the way I dealt with diseases and had to research my butt off to try and save fish I had both a financial and emotional stake in. A knowledge of the basics readily available here at bettafish. Just passing on my experience here. I am by no means an expert Phd Dr Fish or anything and a when it comes to show standards form and tail ect. I have a lot to learn.
My advice is to research 5 things and draw your own conclusions as there are so many differing opinions about fish care. In a nutshell my Top 5 things
1. Use 1 tsp salt per 5 gallons. No more. Use salinity variations once in a while ie skip aq salt for a water change once per month or use a temporary increase if you see something you don't like on your fish.
2. Learn about using fish baths and dips in hospital containers. Every fish keeper should have Methylene blue on hand especially for new fish, rescue fish or imported fish.
3. Spirulina. See rant above.
4. Quarantine everything even plants for 21 days and keep separate hoses, nets, turkey basters apart from the home boys. All this stuff should be kept in a bucket of heavily salted water.
5. Probiotics. This stuff works. Lactobacteria Rhamnosis GG is what I studied on my own fish. Sprinkle some Culturelle on a few bloodworms once in awhile.
In the last 500 fry born here Ive had 1 die and it was pretty weak from the start. There are many ways to keep these fish. This is just my experience with them and Im perfectly ok with people who do things differently we are all still learning everyday.
I found this old post interesting. More people should use the search function at this site btw.