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Old 05-23-2013, 06:45 PM   #1 
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If you could go back in time to give yourself advice...

I think with anything you spend years at, you find that there are some simple things that seem obvious in hindsight that simply wouldn't have occurred to you (or didn't) when you were just starting out.

For those of you with experience at breeding bettas: What are those things? What would you go back and tell your just-starting-out self, if you could?
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:48 PM   #2 
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Would have warned myself about that nasty necrosis disease that killed my breeder, and forced me to decide to cull an entire spawn to avoid letting them geentically carry that disease.
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:51 PM   #3 
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Was there a way you could have avoided it, Sena? How?
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:44 PM   #4 
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Keep eyes on water quality.

Always acclimatise fry/juveniles slowly and use airline tubing to drip new water in.

Master hatching BBS and have live cultures running before your fish spawn (had a pair of gold gourami I got given that spawned about a million fry I then had to cull because I had no experience rearing/feeding fry).

Always make sure you plug all equipment back in after water changes.

I had this 'miracle' fry I found swimming in a quite cold and quite dirty tank (parents had died and I hadn't yet bothered to clean it out). Because I didn't know any better, I moved him over fairly quickly into different water. Killed the poor thing and never forgave myself.

Also, this is more for wild bettas, but if fry have a history of being eaten by their parents or other fish in the tank, make sure you remove them as if something goes wrong and you lose the parents and other fish you can lose an entire species from your fish room.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:44 PM   #5 
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Not really. It was when I started breeding, and never encountered that disease. May people on here blamed his illness on me not caring for my fish - which it turned out it was genetic - since 3 others within the few years after also got it, from the same store/supplier.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:45 PM   #6 
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Water quality, for breeders and especially for imports.. breeders and imports are more susceptible to get weak/sick/die easier than just regular pets. The damage they get, the stress, etc. So water quality on them is a must.. I change their water every other day and if I skip 1 day and do it the next, it's obvious they dislike it as they clamp up and lose color quick :(

Also, the jarring system - I tried the cheap/easy way and found it wasn't as efficient nor clean, so ended up having to spend more money to redo everything (heating wise). So find as many different ways to do the same thing as you can and go with what works best for your set up and time. Cheap doesn't mean better by any means.

And also, the time you spend.. for one spawn, once they are jarred you will spend hours near daily changing waters, feeding, etc... and if you have other spawns at different stages it adds up quickly. I didn't expect to end up spending 6+ hours easily a day with the fish once past the first spawn.

And lastly.. make sure you have made enough cultures - make plenty and then some of the worm cultures.. divide them up as much as you can, as you will easily and quickly run into trouble with just one spawn and not enough divided cultures. Adding BBS to the mix helps, but don't always rely on it - I prefer to mix their foods to give them a variety.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:50 PM   #7 
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Myates, could you elaborate on your second paragraph a bit please? What was the system you used that didn't work out?

Water quality, water quality, water quality. All I'm saying.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:08 PM   #8 
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Lol mine would be dont breed that spoon headed, humpbacked marble mutt to that red vt.
Also when doing water changes check the bucket before pouring it out because chances are 60% of your fry will be in that bucket...
And also to feed fry heaps and heaps instead of only once a day.
Lol you can tell I didnt research breeding when I started...Research would be another thing Id tell my early self
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:19 PM   #9 
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Yeah, I agree with checking buckets. I usually pour my bucket out into a fine colander in my sink, but on a couple occasions I have forgotten and chucked fry and juveniles down the drain or in the garden.

Horrible feeling. Recently, I think I must have thrown out my original breeding female (she was two years old) when I cleaned out the leaf litter from the bottom of one of my tanks. I never forgave myself, and now I am very careful with checking to make sure there are no fish in anything that I remove from the tank.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:39 PM   #10 
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I always give things a swift swish to ensure no escapees!! Some of my adults cram themselves in the oddest of spaces in ornaments...
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