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Old 05-02-2012, 05:31 PM   #1 
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My first recorded breeding log

I've decided to try my hand at breeding again and to try to record it here. I've had a few unsuccessful tries as of late (hungry daddy's eating up all the eggs). Thanks to MrVampire181, Oldfishlady and Tony from The Betta Shop in St.Paul, MN I feel like I'm ready to give it another go. I will try to give updates and provide pictures when I can. Plan to record the process even if it ends in failure.

A few details on the setup:
I've fed all my fish live blackworms for the last two weeks (something new). Something else new I'm trying is wild almond leaf extract.
I will have approximately 4 gallons of water in a 10 gallon tank. Temperature will be between 80 and 82 degrees F. Hiding places, artificial plants, and styrofoam cup, as well as live Wisteria and Java plants.

My thoughts on why I have failed my last attempt are: Water was cycled and not fresh, poor conditioning of fish.

And yes I know what I'm getting into.

So we'll see...
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:40 PM   #2 
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Good luck!
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:43 PM   #3 
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For our experts out there: I do not plan to feed my male during the breeding process. Should I continue to condition him in the breeding tank until the female is released or should I cease feeding him as soon as he enters the breeding tank? Thank You.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:43 PM   #4 
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Haha blackworms will get your bettas horny in no time. I use them to condition my wilds for spawning and it works every single time.

Even just feeding my bettas them as a treat gets the males showing off and strutting their stuff.

Good luck on your spawn log. Sounds like you are prepared!
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:45 PM   #5 
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Thanks MrVampire. You are the Alice Cooper of the Betta world. I'm not worthy! LOL (Waynes World reference)
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:50 PM   #6 
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Cool

Not an expert.... I fed my males in the breeding tank as well as the females. Once the eggs are there the male stopped eating anything I gave him so I just ended up vacuming the food out.
I have never had a male or female eat eggs or fry, but I always feed frozen fresh food to my fish. If they were used to dry, then I suppose they might think the eggs and fry were a treat for them?

Best of luck.
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For our experts out there: I do not plan to feed my male during the breeding process. Should I continue to condition him in the breeding tank until the female is released or should I cease feeding him as soon as he enters the breeding tank? Thank You.
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Its up to you if you continue to feed him. I don't simply because I want the water to be clean.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:39 PM   #8 
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Pics of my set up

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Old 05-02-2012, 07:09 PM   #9 
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Pics of Mom and Dad (I hope)



This is Jay.



This is Prudence (A little bit of stress stripe from camera flash)

Jay is now in the breeding tank hopefully laying claim to his new territory.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:10 PM   #10 
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Sorry, still trying to figure out how to post pics.
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