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Old 12-25-2012, 10:23 PM   #11 
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Until the fry is bigger you will not be able to tell the finnage. right now what is important is not the finnage, it is the food the fry can get. Baby brine shrimp, vinegar eels, and microworms are some live foods you can get.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:31 PM   #12 
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Random question for you guys. I stumbled on this thread and have a fry question of my own. I am thinking of breeding a few Betta. Part to pay for fishkeeping and part to give as gifts as I have friends and friends who would love a Betta or two of their own. Live and frozen foods are not an option for me because of where I live. What could I feed them that would be good for them and work for me?
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:51 PM   #13 
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Random question for you guys. I stumbled on this thread and have a fry question of my own. I am thinking of breeding a few Betta. Part to pay for fishkeeping and part to give as gifts as I have friends and friends who would love a Betta or two of their own. Live and frozen foods are not an option for me because of where I live. What could I feed them that would be good for them and work for me?
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Egg yolk seems to work quite nicely for a lot of people...
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:59 PM   #14 
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Hope you have a lot of time on your hands.

Takes a good 2-3 months before you can start giving the fish away. Tons of preparation required & everything can go wrong with one simple mistake or one random power outage.

The strongest fry I have from my 1st spawn, I've watched hatch... turn into till speedy little specks into mini bettas. There's no way I would give them away to anyone even if they're family/friends if they have absolutely no experience with these fish.

Most people new to bettas kill their fish from by just plain overfeeding.
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:03 PM   #15 
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can someone please answer my question?
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:15 PM   #16 
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Most people new to bettas kill their fish from by just plain overfeeding.
I did this several times with my first fish, I didn't know feeding twice a day could be to much! Now I feed about two mini pellets every day until sunday, On sunday I fast them for proper digestion.
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:28 PM   #17 
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I know it all and the risks on top of it, but I would rather they start out with a generally healthy Betta than a WalMart one. Those are usually in bad shape around here and no one else sells fish around here, not even breeders! You have to drive a good 45 minutes to even get to a PetSmart!

My nephews are just starting getting interested in fish too. Will they love them to death? Probably. Will I regret getting them started on fishkeeping? Never. Plus seeing their grow up from babies before they get to take them home will be a fun experence for them

Also, I know the risks, I have a genorator, I'm disabled and don't leave the house much, my fish are fed correctly, I over-research everything, and I hover over my tank, so nothing escapes me for very long.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:30 AM   #18 
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LillQuig, the petstores don't sell fry that small. The one in the first photo is probably 1cm long.

The fry I've seen a few days ago in the PTC are about 2cm-3cm long.

I have to go stop by Walmart to check out this fish department & their bettas.

BWind, if you want to breed, just read the stickies. Nothing really compares till you actually get the ball rolling.

Just make sure to choose 2 fish you like before anything else.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:39 AM   #19 
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I think I've checked most of it out MSG. Did I miss somwhere where it recomended a good brand of dry fry foods?

My Gus is not perfect and I could always track down a more disirable color or type, but I want my 1st batch and the ones going to my nephews to be from him. He is so sweet and my nephews love him.

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Old 12-26-2012, 12:53 AM   #20 
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If you're relying on dry fry foods, you're not going to have many survivors.

Mine would NOT eat anything I prepared for them for well over 1 month.

Also, if it wasn't for the dragonfly nymph residing in the tank a good 3 weeks, I would have 2x-3x more fry.

The 1.5lbs of BBS eggs that I had didn't hatch, and I didn't feel like decapping & possibly killing the fry with bleach reside from the DC process..

The methods I used are not recommend by anyone I've seen on this forum.

I'll try it again when it gets warmer to confirm/deny my results. Until then you have to experiment on your own based on the research you've done.

But from what I've seen, betta fry WON't EAT dry prepared foods. Egg yolks maybe but I haven't tried it.

It has to be alive for them to take any interest in it.
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