Originally Posted by Kokonoko
1) Wanting to eventually breed my own betta... However I do honor the traditional Responsibility of a Breeder codes, so I was wondering if theress any way to limit the amount of frys produced? I'm -definently- not looking to create a barrack.. I just wanted to breed my very own betta fish to achieve certain physical aspects.
2) (Slightly off topic) My betta tank mate is an Apple snail, I've had him for about 2-3 weeks now and hes been livelyand active since the day I had him. Here recently though hes been floating at the topic, only sinking every once in a while for food. I know Apple snails go into hybernation every so often, so is this what it could be?
3) Riddle (My betta fish) is seemingly createing a new habit of becoming suctioned to the filter every once in a while for a few seconds without visible resistance (as iff enjoying it?) Should I be concerned though? He escapes easily enough and swims around perfectly fine as well. I do have a homemade plastic bottle buffer to 'mildly' redirect the current of the outflow.
If your looking for a certain number of fry you have to be willing to cull unwanted fish. IMO a breeder has to be set up to care for an entire successful spawn because if you do things like destroying the bubblenest or removing the female you are decreasing your chances of getting a fish with the pheno and geno type you want. You won't know what qualities your fish have until they are 2 months of age. After that you'll have to look into adoption or humane euthanasia to thin your spawns. Don't add to the problem by letting fish you breed go to a pet store.
The apple snail could be sick, did you quarantine it before putting it in the tank? I know my mystery snails would start to float like that just before they died.
He's fine as long as there is no way his fins can get sucked into the in-take, if they do they could get shredded.