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Old 10-02-2010, 08:29 PM   #1 
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Question This may seem strange...

Hay guys!!

I'm not planning on breeding anytime soon, since I just set up all my tanks, but I have a question about it. :) I saw someone post that you could separate the male and female after the female releases enough eggs. I also saw that someone separated them before they were done to keep them from releasing too many. Would it harm them to do that? If the female released 10 or so eggs, wouldn't that annoy them- interrupting them in the middle of a spawn? Just because I know many people would like to breed, but don't have enough room to put them all. :)

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Old 10-02-2010, 08:36 PM   #2 
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I never have and probably never will. Think about it...less fry the more weak fry so you'll probably only raise 1-2 to adulthood depending on how many you let them release.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:39 PM   #3 
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hmm... interesting thought. I just kinda think it's mean to get them all worked up for nearly nothing. Is it actually possible to see the eggs as their released? :)
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:48 PM   #4 
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Yupperoni :P Eggs are oddly shaped white specks that float downward. I used to use a styrofoam cups but with this recent breeding I let the male use a plastic lid for a nest and he built a good one under there and it's working a lot better.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:54 PM   #5 
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Cool! So males won't really build great bubble nests on their own?
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:08 PM   #6 
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Some do, but knowing bettas they decide not to as soon as they're in the breeding tub :P

Some people use lids, styrofoam cups, banana leaves, indian almond leaves, floating plants, and bubblewrap.
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:10 PM   #7 
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interesting... lol thats SO true!!! :)
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:24 PM   #8 
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Well If I were to breed my own fish I would just cull hard. That way you can get the healthier nicer fish and not have so many.
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:31 PM   #9 
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I never cull, I find it cruel...in fact on a breeder forum its called "making soup". My culls are given away to buyers who will take good care of them, even when they have deformities.

Though you should NEVER breed a cull. They'll set you back 1000 steps and probably get a bunch of dead fry in the end.
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:55 PM   #10 
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So long as its done in a humane method I (in my opinion) dont think its cruel. But everyone has a different definition for the word "cruel".
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