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Old 09-07-2012, 10:08 PM   #1 
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Breeding my female and male betta: filter, food and heater questions

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.

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Old 09-08-2012, 01:31 AM   #2 
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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?
It's best not to use any filtration until fry are (at least) free swimming.

#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.
Feed parents/adults frozen foods

#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.
80's is better.

#4 Where can I purchase almond leaves? I've researched that they are great for the breeding tank.
IAL is not a must for breeding, though it may help.
If you can't get IAL online (sorry, forgot where) you can use oak leaves instead.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:09 AM   #3 
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For IAL in this case ebay is your friend.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:48 AM   #4 
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:23 AM   #5 
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[quote=indjo;1234094]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?
It's best not to use any filtration until fry are (at least) free swimming.

I've heard a sponge filter is beneficial to use?
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:42 AM   #6 
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Yes, they don't suck up fry.
Set the air pump about 1 bubble per second (or less). When they are about 5mm, you can set it a bit higher. and full thrust (depending on size of tank) when fry are 1.5/+cm.
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Ques my the other heater I have is 50 watts is this too high for a 5.5 gal tank?
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50 watts is fine for a 5.5 gal tank if it is adjustable.
I used an adjustable 50 watt heater in my 2.5 gal quarantine tank and it worked great.
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:32 PM   #9 
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Here's the type of sponge heater that is recommended for fry tanks: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bio-Sponge-F...item3cc6ab3617

I got a powerhead with adjustable flow that attaches right to it.
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:09 PM   #10 
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What kind of air tubing and pump does it need to run it?
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