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Old 08-21-2010, 09:57 PM   #1 
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Talking Brand New Betta Parents!

So today, my boyfriend and I bred our two CT bettas. The female: Juno and the male: Frederick Pippens the 3rd, King of Scottland (Pippens for short). After being in a 10 gallon tank (with a filter and heater) together for 6 days, we took out the divider between them and allowed them to get to know eachother. 4 days after being introduced to eachother, they began the mating process. This has been going on for about 2 to 3 hours. At first they were awkward about it and acted as though they didn't know what they were doing. We also were concerned because Juno never showed the vertical bars on her body that were said to appear when she was ready to mate AND Pippens' bubblenest was very small. But now they are mating and doing quite well and we are excited to see what their fry will look like.
(We also have pictures and a terrible quality video that we will be posting soon)

Wish us luck!
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Old 08-21-2010, 10:31 PM   #2 
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Good luck on the breeding, but I have to ask out of curiousity, you do know what you're getting yourself into right? o.o You've done plenty of research about this and such? How to feed them, what they're environment needs to look like, how to condition the mating pair? Sorry if this seems accusator of ignorance, but I just want to make sure =D Theres alot of changes in environment that are needed for baby fry versus the regular environment that an adult can have. Again though, Good luck!
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Yes we conditioned them for 6 days in a 10 gallon tank with divider heater and filter noticing that the female was passive we decided to introduce them to eachother. There was no fin nipping but a lot of chasing and what looked like fish flirting. Needless to say we left them in the same tank together for 3 days and on the 3rd we noticed they were humping eachother under his bubblenest. so we hawkeyed them for the next 6 hours and eventually they mated. After it was done we took her out and put her back in her home. Hes now tending to the eggs in the nest...quite diligently if i say so myself. We're about to upload the video of them mating to show everyone the couple. :]
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Old 08-21-2010, 11:24 PM   #4 
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Old 08-22-2010, 12:58 PM   #5 
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Just dropping this picture in here, to show day1 of eggs after being hatched, im slightly worried about his small nest, i hope itll end up being a successful spawn, shooting for atleast 1 live betta fry at the end of this ordeal, and we'll still be happy lol.

The eggs ARE in the nest above him.

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Old 08-22-2010, 01:31 PM   #6 
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Don't worry about the nest. As long as he is tending to the eggs is a good sign. Most males I know won't eat their fry, but some will. So hawkeye them till the fry are free swimming, then you can remove daddy.
Don't disturb him too much, like touching the nest to see the fry (very big no no!).

Congrats and good luck on raising them.
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:33 PM   #7 
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thanks. and yes hes tending to them very diligently. and unfortunately there has been 1 mishap so far, a snail climbed up that vine in the picture, and we feared him eating the eggs, so we had to intervene and take him out with some tweezers, but we didnt ruin his nest, or anything. and that was over 12 hours ago, and hes still tending to them. We're mucho excited xD
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:54 PM   #8 
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Well your female couldn't show vertical bars. She's light colored so you can't see them but she was obviuosly ready.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:15 PM   #9 
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Ok....So theyve all hatched, or are just starting to hatch, but i need some advice, and ASAP, from you guys.

The babies are there now, so how should i be able to determine "Free swimming"?

like the babies will fall out of the nest, but they get themselves back up on their own, and the male is starting to lose interest in tending to them it looks like.... But the icing on the cake is, im pretty sure there still are more eggs in there to hatch...

its roughly 48Hours after their spawning....Should i just wait till tommorow morning to take him out?
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Ok....So theyve all hatched, or are just starting to hatch, but i need some advice, and ASAP, from you guys.

The babies are there now, so how should i be able to determine "Free swimming"?

like the babies will fall out of the nest, but they get themselves back up on their own, and the male is starting to lose interest in tending to them it looks like.... But the icing on the cake is, im pretty sure there still are more eggs in there to hatch...

its roughly 48Hours after their spawning....Should i just wait till tommorow morning to take him out?
No they're not free swimming but by tomorrow they will. If youre feeding Brine shrimp start your hatchery now. Free swimming means when they sit right in the water and swim like regualar fish and swim away from the nest.
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