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Old 10-09-2010, 07:31 AM   #1 
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Talking unplanned and unexpected spawn!!

so i have a divided 1ft as you guys know, i have a female in one side and a male, named Apollo, in the other.when i opened up today to give them their peas and waiting for me was a full bubblenest. now the female kept jumping into the males section and i was going to sort out the divider this weekend but it seems she just wanted to mate. i moved the female into her own section again and went to dog training and when i got back she was still in her own section but looking now theres old apollo frantically looking after his eggs, catching the ones that are falling or floating away and putting them back into the nest, the babies will be interesting to see if and when they hatch. i'm going to have to do some research asap now. all in all its a wonderful surprise especially after the weekend im having so far.
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Old 10-09-2010, 08:42 AM   #2 
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I don't mean to be hurtful, if you don't have the stuff needed for the babies, it is better now to get rid of them then wait until they hatch to die slowly and painfully. They'll be hatching in a day or two, so you need to have their food ready within a few days. Regular betta food won't work, you'll need live micro organisms and stuff like micro worms and baby brine shrimps, which are hard to get unless you order online, even then the shipments can take a while unless you want to pay for the rather expensive over night shipping.


This is why it isn't recommended to have females and males in the same divided tank, their phermones will drive each other insane, and they'll keep trying to get to the other side and will always be in the mating mood(which isn't good for their health) and then one day they will suceed.

If you decide to keep them, note that this will be a drain on your wallet and time. Buying the food for the babies and growing the food for them, feeding your babies, doing heavy water changes while they are growing so they won't become stunted, seperating them from one another into jars or tanks once they are old enough, doing water changes on those, etc.If you decide to keep them, good luck, you'll probably need it.
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Old 10-09-2010, 09:10 AM   #3 
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I agree with JKFish 100%.
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Old 10-09-2010, 09:22 AM   #4 
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The instinct and drive to procreate is strong.......congrats on the unexpected spawn.....

I would start looking for some brine shrimp eggs and get them hatching, you have 4-5 days before the critical stage unless your tank is mature with lots of live plants and some snails to help provide some natural food for the fry.

You can also feed the boiled egg yolk in a pinch-I would do some research on it use-I personally don't like it but only because it is messy and fouls the water, so plan on lots of water changes if you use that.

If you really want this clutch to survive-I would get your female out and remove the divider to give the fry more space.
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:57 AM   #5 
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You can buy Fry food at most pet stores. (Liquid food)
I use to use it and sometimes still do, It works great for baby betta's especially when in a pinch.

And good luck with all the new little ones, :)

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Old 10-10-2010, 11:35 AM   #6 
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Yup get that female out, turn off any powerful filtration, and when they start to swim get dad out. Hatch baby brine shrimp and then begin smal frequent water changes.
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:09 PM   #7 
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If you are real short of baby food, try to feed the babies with boiled egg yolk sqeezed through a cotton hanky. It sure works but make sure you dont pollute the water with extra feed and pls wait for atleast 2-3 days after you see the babies swimming free from the nest. Also make sure you have something for the male to eat once the babies start swimming free.
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:26 PM   #8 
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Uh oh this is bad! have the eggs hatched? do you have over 50 or more containers? do you have homes set up for the fry to go to? do you have a heater, sponge filter and food ready for them?

These are all the questions needed to be answered before breeding or even trying to raise fry even with an accidental spawn.

If you decide to keep the fry, answer all these questions and take care of them. please dont give them to pet stores! they will sit in tiny cups. It would be better to sell them or give them away on forums, to friends you know will take care of them, gifts to other people and things like that. There are already too many bettas that suffer in pet stores. For ex. i was in my LPS today and seen a betta with a deformed eye. that betta will die in the tiny cum he is in because no one wanted a deformed betta. His eye looked like his body and head grew when his 1 eye stayed the same size. its sad what happens to bettas but it does so please just take care of them and give them good homes!
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:28 PM   #9 
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Well, by now if WindFire has decided to keep them, and doesn't have the proper equipment, they are probably dead. If she decided not to, they're dead, and if she has the proper equipment, they might be alive.
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Well, by now if WindFire has decided to keep them, and doesn't have the proper equipment, they are probably dead. If she decided not to, they're dead, and if she has the proper equipment, they might be alive.
Hopefully they are alive and she done everything right
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