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Old 11-16-2010, 07:39 PM   #1 
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Reprise: MG/Melano Geno

Since my current fry are almost 2 months old I decided it's a good time to try another spawn.

Since I don't think any fry survived from the first spawning attempt I have decided to re-spawn my Melano geno pair that I bought from Karen Mac Auely (aka Martinismommy).

These guys should produce blues, multis, melanos, and mustard gas.

The male (Tallahassee):


The female (Fertile Myrtle):


I'll be setting up the spawning tank on Thursday. Same as last time. 5 gallon plastic tub filled all the way up, two IAL, Java Moss, 50 watt heater set at 84*F.

Tonight and tomorrow, as well as during the spawn and after, I'll be feeding the pair live white worms. For the past 2-3 weeks they have been fed high quality pellets and frozen food so they should be pretty well conditioned by now.
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:41 PM   #2 
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I hope they produce a nice big spawn!
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:17 PM   #3 
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Good luck with them.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:22 PM   #4 
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Good luck!

Edit: Also these guys should produce marbles, no? I believe some of the fish from the spawn where your pair came from, are either marbles or carry the marble gene. :)

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Old 11-17-2010, 11:36 AM   #5 
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Beautiful bettas. Good luck with this spawn.
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:12 PM   #6 
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Change of plans.

I'm throwing the pair in there tonight. Since I know the pair has successfully spawned before I'm not worried about that part. The part I'm worried about is the female going all "Carrie" on the male after the spawn like last time so I want to be able to keep an eye on them and I'm off all day tomorrow so I'll have plenty of time.

Right now they're in 1/2 gall critter keepers right next to each other so they can begin flirting. Hopefully they'll be in the mood by tomorrow morning. I may even try OFL's method of introducing them at the same time (female not in a jar) and see what happens. If they're too aggressive at first I'll go back to plan A and put the female in a jar.

The last spawn was HUGE. I'm talking at least 200 eggs before Myrtle went crazy and ate them all so hopefully it will be the same for this spawn.
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:37 PM   #7 
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Most of my spawns I don't jar the female. I get impatient with him trying to build a nest and release her anyway and I get spawns in like 2 days...sometimes less.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:25 PM   #8 
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Pair was released into the spawning tank at 10:10. I watched them for 10 minutes to make sure they weren't killing each other and now I'm giving them some privacy.

So far they've been very peaceful. Tallahasee is flaring at Myrtle but not really chasing her. He's more like following her around and flaring. No bubble nesting yet but they've just been put in there.

I have a 2x3" piece of bubblewrap in there as well as a floating IAL so it's up to him to decide where he wants to make his nest.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:17 PM   #9 
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Tallahasee has some big fins so I don't think he'll get too aggressive. Also IDK how males can build under an IAL, they sink within a day but I'm new to using them.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:27 AM   #10 
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You'd be surprised what these guys can do. Bowie really tore Lilly up when they spawned.

Today nothing much has happened. I turned the light off at 12:30 am and turned it back on at 10am but nothing's changed. The male is still chasing the female around. No nips or tears and no bubbles yet. The female is nice and barred up and occasionally follows the male around flaring at him.

Personality wise these guys really mesh well together. He's not too aggressive and she's not too timid and vice versa.
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