Hello everybody! I apologize in advance because this may be a bit long! The male I spawned is a black copper double tail Halfmoon plakat. He has fairly even lobes, and is extremely aggressive and energetic. I call him the Hun because of how aggressive he is. Atm I have six adult males and he's easily the meanest.
The female is a blackish marble/piebald. Her body is somewhat marbly, but very dark, and she has a white face. Its strange because when she is in breeding mode, she is mostly black, normal mode just swimming around the soroity tank she is black and white, and wheb she is stressed, she is mostly white. She is a traditional plakat, and is the most aggressive of my females.
Now I am not going to lie. This female was not my first choice. I tried spawning the Hun with two other females, but he is so agressive that the females just could not come out of their hiding spots without being ravaged. So I decided to pair him with my most agressive controlling female. If actually worked out quite well, because whenever the Hun would rush her, instead of fleeing, she would meet him head on. This confused him enough to back off. I put them together at about 10 am, and they spawned at 3 pm. The female actually initiated it. She approached him under the bubble nest and nipped him in his side until he wrapped her. Both fish were virgins so I was surprised that it didn't take long for them to spawn.
My spawning tank is a 4 gallon marineland. It was originally $60 but it was on sale at Petsmart, and on top of it being on sale, I used a $25 off coupon that applied to any and all marine land tanks, so I got it for $12 total.
The heater is also a marine land, and it was free since I stole it from one of my husbands tanks.
The plants I use are guppy grass, which I got for free from a lfs. My jaw dropped when I saw how much they gave me. I still have not found a use for all of it.
The marine land tank came with a hood but it wasn't containing moisture, so i took a sheet of bubble wrap, placed it over the tank, and placed the hood over that. It holds the bubble wrap in place quite well, and my tank is now satisfyingly humid.
The marine land tank came with a filter but its way too powerful for the fry. So I purchased a small sponge filter off of ebay for $5 with free shipping.
The foods I fed my pair for conditioning were: frozen bloodworms, frozen brine shrimp, flightless fruit flies, live brine shrimp, frozen mysis shrimp, amd frozen daphnia. I absolutely never feed pellets or flakes. I lost my favorite male and female to bloat when I fed them some betta pellets, so I am now paranoid about them.
The food for the fry I bought were: microworms, vinegar eels, and brine shrimp. The vinegar eels are a pain in rear to harvest. The VE and MW I bought, or rather coaxed, from a lps thats breeds their own bettas, for $5 each. They nornally don't sell food meant for their breeding stock, but I am pretty annoyingly persistent. My brine shrimp eggs were $6 for a small vial.
Anyway, heres the male from the spawn. More pictures of him，and pics of female to come. Theres around 100 eggs. I will update often