After much deliberation and mulling in the crevices of my mind I have bit the bullet and decided to create an account to this wonderful forum I have been stalking for QUITE some time. I have read, re-read and sometimes even again the posts of the forum members here absorbing advice and opinion amidst a varying amount of topics. I am certainly no expert at the fine workings of betta splendens but consider myself an avid fan who's curiosity of the conformation and genetics of this species to be of a high caliber. This mostly comes from my obsession of the dog show world in where I recently retired my Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Annabelle from the ring (Mom says no puppies while in college so there goes her championship.) With me not rushing to a show several hours from my house each weekend I have slowed to a sputtering stop and decided to poke my toes into the deeper waters of the betta hobby, this including breeding. I have read every page of Bettatalk, Bettysplendens, Betta Terrority and the IBC with a unquenchable thirst for knowledge before attempting this spawn (also this forum and a few others.) Anyhow, to the main point:
I have researched well ahead before attempting this spawn, including procuring good-quality stock, tanks for spawning and growing out, jars, food for every stage of the way (Live, frozen, freeze-dried or pellet, I also wanted to note if anyone has had success with betta fry accepting golden pearls when old enough to start switching to dry feed.), IAL, an R/O unit and UV sterilizer because I don't trust my tap water with a Ph of 7.6 and a hardness that is over what the test strips can read.
Okay, now that all the greetings are in order, time for what you have been waiting for! Pictures of the proud poppa (Kanki) and the mother (Pandora)
Kanki (by Fantasybettas)
Pandora (by Patsayawan)
I waited until they spawned to post this thread, Kanki has already reorganized the nest three times in the short period he has had custody of the children. I attempted to take a picture of the little man with his nest but he was quite successful in fending off my camera by plastering himself in front of every picture as a blurry mess of fins. Ill attempt to take photos of him later hopefully when he is calmer.
Prior to spawning the pair I have been conditioning them both, Kanki had made a considerable bubble nest even without Pandora in sight and with a short visit everyday Pandora was almost about to explode with eggs. Now there is quite a large clump of eggs that Kanki has been tending, which I might add I haven't seen a single egg fall from the nest yet but he is convinced there is always one on the bottom.
With fingers crossed I hope for a great spawn!
Just hearing that you researched before breeding this wonderful pair makes my have hope others will take the advice and do so as well. You are very responsible and obviously know what you're doing when it comes to live animals.
I'm happy yu didn't just dive into it and ask questions after like we've been seeing on this forum often.
I must say, that pair is amazing. The females fins could use work, but the males fins will help balance it out some. Also you'll probably have very long finned fry. Some with long anals and some with longer dorsals than usual. Just an observation.
Overall the pair is very nice and you will have promising fry with great potential!
I have been following the Aquabid thread for quite some time and I saw you had given the thumbs up for this male Mr. V . I chose Pandora for her caudal spread, it is from what I can see is very nicely D shaped and her branching seems to be very good, your right about the anal fin Bettalover and I will be stringent in making sure those with poorly balanced finnage/form will be going strictly to pet homes or will be culled. Kanki has been a excellent father and flares at me every time I enter my bedroom for whatever reason. He is very diligent about organizing the eggs and keeping them in a tight clump, I don't know if I should but I was thinking of keeping him with the fry for about a week before pulling him out of the spawning tank.
I just received my golden pearl dry feed from Brine Shrimp Direct, I purchased the 300-500 micron size and it is very tiny. I was going to throw some of this in with the baby brine shrimp/microworms to see if they even eat it.
Anyhow, until the macro lens for the camera is fixed I am forced to use my Iphone so they aren't the greatest of pictures but I managed to get one of Kanki and the bubble nest and one of Wicca who is in my sorority and I have been having the idle thought of maybe conditioning her for a spawn later down the road. (Tank wise I have about 7 10 gallons sitting waiting for use and 3 20 gallons with no purpose)
Kanki (water is yellow from the IAL so makes it weird to shoot in)
I'm setting to follow this thread. You've done a great job on here and I hope when I attempt breeding soon, I will be able to do it as well as you have. By chance, what kind of set up do you have for your fish? Do you have a room like Dom or a sectioned off area? I'd love to see some picture if possible.
(I noticed the photos from my last post were small..I'm still trying to figure out how large they should be for a post )
I came home today and went to check Kanki and how he was faring, I found him looking rather bored underneath the nest and noticed I didn't see the "clump" I had been getting used to seeing. I, of course, start panicking and look under the bubble nest hoping to spot the clump that I may have missed; Kanki had taken ALL of the eggs and made a very, very thin layer across the entire bubble nest. After noticing this he promptly went over, sucked some eggs up into his mouth, gargled and spat them back out into a thin layer again. Clever boy.
Yaoilover, I currently do not have a "specific" area for my fish yet. I keep my 60 gallon planted tank, my 15 gallon sorority and my spawning tank inside of my bedroom (Also all of my jarred bettas are on a shelf above the 60 gallon.) I also made more shelves capable of holding a good amount of jars for the fry next to the 60 gallon, I am not quite sure where I am wanting to setup the rest of my tanks, I have a place to put one of my twenty gallons but because it stays hot for the majority of the time here in Florida (my house stays at 77-80 F) and outside the temperature is around 90 degrees not including humidity. So I have wondering if I should setup most of my tanks inside of our large shed, I'm going to have to use A/C to keep it cool enough for the summer though! What a twist huh ? If not, I will be getting or building a rack with shop lights to hold the tanks and that will be indoors right outside my room.
I have a test run of brine shrimp going on right now to see if I have done the hatching correctly, the first few days I am going to allow the fry to subsist off of microworms and infusoria that is from the giant clump of Christmas moss I have in the spawn tank.
Okay, pictures of my current setup in my bedroom. Ill post pictures later of when im done arranging the twenty gallon and hopefully figure out what im going to do with the all the other tanks!
(The spawning tank and sorority, I might move the spawning tank to another location after the fry are old enough to move to the twenty so I can fit another twenty here in my room!)
(My 60 gallon and currently jarred bettas. Its amazing they all managed to hide except for Pandora who is a very active female. CONSTANTLY swimming everywhere, hence the name. If I have to I can use my 60 gallon for a grow out as well. I haven't introduced any new stock in the 60 gallon for half a year and I have already weeded out any fin nippers. )
(Where I will be placing some of the future jars when the time comes, these arent the containers I will be using. I have 1/2 gallon kerr canning jars for that purpose. Also I will be picking up some of those walmart one gallon jars I've been hearing about.)