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Old 05-06-2012, 02:14 PM   #21 
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Will if I'm going to breed
I only feed live food
Don't use any dried food.
To me dried blood hold no value to help in breed or nutrite
You can have the tank with out live plant(but it's more work)

But its better to have
Produce infusion which fry feed off on the first few days after free swimming
Keep the water cleaner
Try to keep your temp. at a constant temp. for your fry
82-85 is kind of a big spread

Not going to be mean
But your fry have a slim chance of surviving
1) you don't have live plant to produce infusion or have a culture of infusion(fry first meal and can live up to two week with just infusion)
2) you try to spawn to early
you should of set up your tank the same time as you conduction your fish
3) fry don't really eat home made food for there first meal(like egg yoke)
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:16 PM   #22 
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+1 Curly

To add on to that, by conditioning curly meant spending around 2 weeks of feeding high quality foods like frozen bloodworms, daphnia, mosquito larvae, grindal worms, blackwroms, etc. Freeze dried food is convenient and not messy, but it has the tendency to bloat the stomach, and isn't very nutritious.

I am getting a large shipment in of Java moss, you live only an hour away from me so I would be happy to send you some. I also have a few thriving microworm cultures going, and a large amount if brine shrimp eggs, I will also send these to you if you'd be willing to split the shipping costs with me. ;)

Live foods are crucial to Betta fry, it stimulates their motor skills and let's them "stalk" their prey (super adorable to watch.) It's also the most nutritious food source you can get, and they are very easy to maintain.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:53 PM   #23 
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Cool

What is done is done. Just try and keep the water clean and fresh, and feed them some microworm at first, then bbs that you culture live.

It really sounds like you only need a few fry to survive anyway. Fewer = easier... they will probably be the strongest of the bunch...

Best of luck,
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:33 PM   #24 
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Microworm will just sink to the bottom and pollut the tank since there gravel on the bottom
More of a mess then good.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:53 PM   #25 
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That's true. I would remove the gravel, it serves no purpose other than decor.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:00 PM   #26 
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its going to be a a lot of work to remove all the grave
you can only move a few at a time.
without getting the fry or crushing them
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:15 AM   #27 
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I'm trying to wait until their big enough to catch in a net so I can take out the gravel at least.

@ Kaden, I would be willing to meet halfway to avoid any shipping costs.
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:26 PM   #28 
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I've heard had a person that had the same problem with gravel they covered the top gravel with a big fish bag to prevent the fry's from getting trapped between the gravels. Hope it works
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:53 PM   #29 
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I've heard had a person that had the same problem with gravel they covered the top gravel with a big fish bag to prevent the fry's from getting trapped between the gravels. Hope it works

That's a good idea! Also I found out why they were dying off :'C I don't have a temp stick on my breeding tank so on the tank I do have one I leave the heater on in there to see where to leave the nob for the heater and I put the heater in the breeding tank afterwards. But It got unplugged somehow! :'C Well anyway I was only able to save 1 fry! :'C Well now I have the gravel out and will be trying again in a few weeks. Thanks for all the tips everyone.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:56 PM   #30 
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I've also heard of placing IAL along the bottom to prevent that issue. I would give you some IAL but I'm running out myself. When I get a huge order in.
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