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Old 09-24-2010, 08:54 AM   #1 
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my first breeding attempt :D

Hey all!

So like the title says, this is my first breeding attempt after literally a year of researching :) so excited! I have kept many bettas, males and females, ever since I got into fish.
This is my male, Mike, HM with purple/copper colour (old damage to fins)



This is my Female, Petal, SD with all sorts of random colours



Both bought from E-bay from reputable breeders


This is my set up for breeding, slightly on the small side compared to others but it will do the job. 40 litre tank, 50w heater, sponge filter, almond leaf, polystyrene and some plantage :D and yes, that is litres, not gallons. Iím no good at conversions!



I have been conditioning for 1 week, but pretty sure they didnít need any longer as they have been fed on high protein food for like forever. So Mike went into the tank a few days ago and I have just put Petal in and he instantly started trying to build a bubble nest. He isnít very good at it!

She will be released tomorrow, so I have all weekend to keep an eye on them :)

The only thing I may have a problem with (I think) is Mike being too small to wrap around Petal. But I have a bigger male ready. I just wanted to give him a chance cuz I love his colour!
So yea. Exciting stuff :)
Thank god for my bfs camera skills :) I see you all like photos!
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:01 AM   #2 
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Seems like everything is going great!! I would suggest cramming that tank with live plants that way she can hide and infrosia will grow for fry to eat. Also what have you got planned for the fry to eat? One last thing are you from the uk??
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:08 AM   #3 
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Yes I have some more plants I am putting in tonight :) I decided late on that I need to cram it with plants as its small. For the first week I’m relying on inflorisia (can’t remember spelling!) and then after, micro worms and then after that a mixture of micro worms, and Hiraki fry food (starting them early so they don’t get spoilt) and then a variety of grated frozen food. And yea I’m from the UK :)
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It would also be good to get a brine shrimp hatchery (sea monkeys)
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:11 AM   #5 
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I am looking at hatcherys as we speak :) Plants are in! there is so much coverage I had to set up a mirror so I could see the bubble nest as I can't access the side lol. What are people's opinions about snails in the tank?
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Here's a picture of the tank now, with all its plants :)



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Old 09-24-2010, 01:13 PM   #7 
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The more snails the better i think .I have some ramshorn snails i my breeding tank as a clean up crew. What are your plans to do with the fry??
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Well I will keep as many as I have room for! particularly the females, they are so under rated! Also, I have a lot of pet shops around that would happily take them and sell them on. I'm not intending to sell any myself because they wont be anything special to anyone else apart from me!
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I would take them to local fish shops and not to big chain stores like pets at home.... they dont care for your fish. You should be looking at 2.00 per male and 1 .00 per female i would say
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Old 09-24-2010, 02:12 PM   #10 
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Don't worry I have it sussed. Actually down this area, my maidenhead aquatics shop is amazing. I'm friends with a lot of the staff and I know for a fact they will take amazing care with them untill they are sold. My local fish shop round the corner who would give me money for them isnt half as nice. If I think they would sell quick I would give them to him, otherwise the rest I would take to maidenhead. But like I said, I will keep as many myself as I can get away with first :)
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