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Old 04-09-2013, 11:01 AM   #1 
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Red Super Delta Male X Purple Delta Female

So I've been trying to breed my bettas for the past year and had about 10 unsuccessful attempts. I've tried several different pairings but they either didn't embrace or they ate the eggs. But in February, I finally found a pair that spawned successfully and here's the spawn log:

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Mum: Sorry for the bad picture of her. Her fins were nipped by other females in the sonority (After the spawn).

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Conditioned for 3 weeks - Feeding them frozen blood worms once or twice a day. Allowed the female to see the male once every day for 5-10min.



02/01/13: Introduced the pair at 8pm. Started spawning around 11pm. Had around 100-150 eggs? Removed female straight after spawn.

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02/03/13: Eggs hatched.



02/04/13: Fry started free swimming. Removed dad.

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02/05/13: Started feeding the fry with BBS.



02/17/13: 2 weeks old and around 50-60 fry survived.



02/24/13: 3 weeks old and around 30 fry left. (I think a lot of fry died due to shock after water changes.



03/03/13: Only 4 fry left. Started doing water changes and refilling tank by drip method.



03/05/13: About 1 month old.

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03/12/13: Noticed all the fry swimming weirdly - Bopping up and down and swimming vertically. This picture showing 2 of them resting next to the thermometer in a vertical position.

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03/28/13: Not sure if they developed SBD but they weren't swimming normally and tend to rest at the bottom a lot (They usually lie on one side - The 2nd pic shows the smaller one on its side).

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04/04/13: 8 and a half weeks old and start to identify their sex. There's 2 females and 2 males. All seem to be swimming ok.


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04/07/13: Noticed the males flaring at each other so separated them.

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The largest male (most colourful one):
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:28 AM   #2 
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Looking great. Can't wait to see them as they mature. Really like the moms colours
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:29 PM   #3 
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The final four. :)
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:10 PM   #4 
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Good to hear about the progress! I'm curious, how did they get over the swimming bladder issue?
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:22 PM   #5 
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Thanks!! I added very small amount of Epson salt and fast them for 2 days. After a few days I noticed a lot of waste at the bottom.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:41 PM   #6 
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I have stopped feeding them bbs at 8 weeks old. Now feed them crushed pellets twice a day and occasionally feed them frozen blood worms and live adult brine shrimps.
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:59 PM   #7 
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They are cute. Although I haven't gotten into betta breeding, I've heard that it is a learning experience. I look forward to seeing how these guys get along and hope future spawns end up being more successful.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:58 PM   #8 
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Thanks Dragon. I definitely learnt a lot from this spawn. I hope to spawn these off springs in July when there are maturer and the temp is warmer.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:24 PM   #9 
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I can't recall if you've mentioned it already, but is there anything specific your trying to get with breeding these two?
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:19 PM   #10 
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There's no specific reason for this 1st spawn - Just to get some experience and to keep as pet. Luckily I didn't have to cull.

For my next spawn I hope to either spawn the off springs or find a nice partner for the HMPK shown on my avatar and if its successful then I will keep some to spawn more and the rest to give away to friends or sell to LFS.

The HMPK on my avatar is my favourite so I hope to spawn a better line out of him.
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