I've had my tank setup for 2 months now, tank size: 5.5 gal, no plants, chemicals used: neutral regulator, change water once a week/bi-weekly. I have a 10 gal whisper filter and a submersible preset heater.
The last time I breed bettas I was 13, I managed to have free swimming fry but I fed them a paste that clouded the water and they died. Now 14 years later I am attempting to breed bettas again.
As of now I have the male in the 5.5 gal tank without gravel. I am accumulating the female and will put her into the breeding box. I know that I need to put half of a styrofoam cup for the betta to build it's betta nest in, but I am waiting a week to see if the female develops eggs first.
Questions: #1 Should I keep the filtration as it is and unplug the filter when I have fry or put cheese cloth/ pantyhose around it?
#2 I have purchased frozen baby brine shrimp for the fry but should I buy different food for the parents I have pellets and flakes at the moment.
#3 Will the preset heater at 76/78 degrees be a high enough temperature or should I switch to a heater I can set in the 80's.
#4 Where can I purchase almond leaves? I've researched that they are great for the breeding tank.