Originally Posted by tigahunta
I've bred couple of times before. I recently started breeding Bettas again. I have several questions.
1. A pair of Bettas spawned yesterday. During the Male's vigil he didn't seem to eat any eggs but now as the eggs started to hatch his stomach seems bloated and I see less eggs. Is there a way tell whether the male is a spawn eater?
2. When should I remove the male? (I wanna save as many fry as I possibly could)
3. When should I start feeding the fry?
4. Is egg yolk alone sufficient to feed the fry?
5. When should I move the fry to a larger tank (from the 10g tank they are housed in)
6. What seized tank should I move them into?
Question 1: Your male is "culling". Eating weak fry. It's instinct. Of course you could take him out now because fry will survive on the bottom until free swimming.
Question 2: I remove my male when the fry start free swimming. You can remove him as long as there are fry like I said above.
Question 3: I feed my fry as soon as they are free swimming, right after I remove the male.
Question 4: No, egg yolk will foul the water and kill fry, tough some people use it but I don't. I feed my fry infusoria (from my culture and from the live plants in the spawning tank), baby brine shrimp, and Hikari First Bites (powdered fry food, careful it fouls the water quickly) for the first week.
Question 5: I split my fry into two ten gallon tanks or a large plastic tub from Wal-Mart. Thoguh I'm getting a 20-30 gallon soon so I'll move my new fry (hatching later today) into that tank.
Hope this helped :)