So, I started with 1 betta and now, have 7 males, and 8 females. I successfully spawned two--my rosetail and my HMPK. My females are in two Chi's, with extra filtration and a wonderful heater. I have substrate and plants on the bottom and, they are so friendly!
My males are in 3 gallon glass cylinder bowls, and have the either whisper 1-3 gallon or sponge filters in them. I have now added plants and will have more coming. I did a major change today, giving all the males some pebbles on bottom, and a live plant. I have plants on the way, including hornwart and a 12 pack of low life plants. I plan on doing a nice planted bowl for each male. The females have plants in their tanks already.
I just moved my first back of fry, a little over a month, into a NPT with decorations that are good resting places, but filled with moss to make them save. I have two xl sponge filters on both sides. As they grow bigger, I will add an internal filter as well..the current can be controlled and it really clears the water of any debris. The holes are just too risky on it, however and I am afraid it will suck up the fry so, I pulled it out and put a sponge filter at each corner.
My first spawn has over 40 fry and they are doing extremely well. They are now curious and active, and seem to have personalities. They are in the 10 gal NPT and really seem to enjoy it.
Second spawn has more they I can count. They are in a 5 gallon grow up right now, with plants, floating plants and moss balls, which they seem to like to rest on. I have had maybe 3 losses--but they were not thriving so, I had to cull.
I am feeding mw, bw and ww to all. The first batch is now getting bbs (not always) and daphnia. They also get the worms in between feedings.
Second batch is only on worms. The daphnia still was too large for them and I dont think they are able to get the food yet.
I started both fry spawns on egg yolk for the first few days. I noticed the grow well with this type of feeding. I remove it every night, using a turkey baster with a slanted piece of hose, so I can just skim the bottom and not suck up fry.
I also make my own extract, using a tea mixture from IAL, imported from malaysia.
I am in love with this hobby, to the point of hoping to make it a full time job. It's a lot of work but so well worth it. I have found so many ways to make things myself, and save tons of money. And, it works just as well this way.
I really care deeply for my fish, as I do with my other animals. I can't wait to come home from woke, so I can continue to take care of them again. I love how they get excited when they see me. Many will swim into my hands. Others aren't took keen on it. I just think removing them with a gentle palm is nicer on their bodies and, I clamp my hand in a way that, they are warm and secure for transfers.
Anyway, I just wanted to start with how i care for my fish, before I really get into a journal.
When I sell, my name will be BerriGoodBettas. It's an offshoot of my name and I usd the first two words, with my home businesses that I had before.
Good night and God bless,