Hey everyone! As the title says, this is my first time breeding bettas. (Don't worry, I have done LOTS of research!)... This is what I have so far:
I am not sure how old he is, but I don't think he is that old...he is a dragonscale white-bodied, yellow (with a black outline) finned plakat
I think the female might be around a year old, maybe not even that (I raised her myself). She is a metallic (not sure if she is a dragonscale or not) blue crowntail.
He has been conditioning in about 80 degrees of clean water with brine shrimp/bloodworms/etc for around 3 weeks now
I am not exactly sure if it is bad for her or not.... but she has pretty much gotten frozen foods all her life with me. She was part of a sorority with shrimp and cories, so that is what they all get. It is a planted tank (about 80 degrees) that she has been living in and she has been living in good conditions like this for a long time...probably at least 5 months? Not sure...
The breeding tank
The tank is a spare glass ten gallon I had. It has clean water and sits around 80-82 degrees (it has a heater). There is no substrate or anything; it is bare bottomed. I am going to pick up a few more live plants to throw in there on top of the few that are already in there. The water is filled up only a few inches, and the top of the tank is covered.
I just introduced them for the first time today; they have only been in there for an hour or so. He is swimming freely in the tank and she is inside one of those (about 1/3 gallon) kritter keepers that is sitting inside the tank so they can see each other...
1. How long should the introduction take? I know the signs that they are ready, but about how long-ish will it be until she is ready to release?
2. As for plants, are frogbit and hornwort okay?
3. I have a spare empty 50 gallon, so I can use that for a grow out tank if need be... when should I move the fry?
4. Does what I have seem okay so far?
5. Does anybody have any extra suggestions on top of this? I am willing to hear anything! I want this to go well! :)
I will probably post more questions as time goes on... I know I had more, but I can't remember them right now!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read all that! Any help/comments are much appreciated! I will try to get pictures of the pair in a bit... My camera is dead -_-