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Old 01-23-2013, 11:57 AM   #1 
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Question artificially egg hatching?

Hey! new to the forums...
I've been reading around and I'm baffled on how people manage to artificially hatch betta eggs? I thought the reason why people keep the males in there is to catch falling eggs/fry and keep up with the nest before they become free swimming?
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:02 PM   #2 
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Yes but some males are psychotic egg eaters. If you don't artificially hatch his eggs, you will never have his offspring.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:40 PM   #3 
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Yes but some males are psychotic egg eaters. If you don't artificially hatch his eggs, you will never have his offspring.
I understand some can be egg eaters, but wont the eggs/fry drown if they fall out of the nest and can't get back up to the top? (not yet free swimming)
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:53 PM   #4 
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no this is just a myth if you see un hatched eggs at the bottom and u take out the male before there free swiming there were just not fertilized
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I guess I misunderstood when reading something online somewheres, so If I'm correct the eggs that the male puts in the bubble nest stay in the nest? even if hes removed after spawning? they don't fall out?

Just trying to figure out how Artificially hatching betta eggs works..
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:24 PM   #6 
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They don't necessarily stay in the nest, but if they fall out and your tank is clean it doesn't really matter.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:35 PM   #7 
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They fall out from time to time.. the male will place it back into the nest. Same with newborn fry.

But with males that tend to eat their eggs one will artificially hatch them by taking a very shallow bowl/container and slowly/gently move the nest into it (by going in/under the water/nest).. keeping the water level low some of the eggs will still hatch - you tend to have a bit smaller number of fry, but you should still have some - keeping the water level real low will help the fry that hatch be able to zip back up to the nest when they fall.

The fry automatically swim straight up when they fall from the nest, why a very low water level is needed..
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:11 AM   #8 
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oh ok, now that makes sense to me. Thanks!
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