What's the smallest tank you all will breed in? I'm just about set for my first spawn, but I need to figure out the best tank size. I've heard of mostly 10-20 gallons being used... but can you go smaller?
Great! I will have a larger tank at my disposal in a little while, but for now I only have a 2.5 available. I want to breed while Harley and Mei and engaging each other since I'm sure the conditioning process will go faster in this situation. However, it'll be my first attempt, so I'm not expecting much haha.
If both bettas want to spawn with each other, they will spawn in almost anything. Neutral territory with lots of plants is a good idea. Getting bettas to spawn is the easy part. Raising the fry to adult size will require a larger tank, lots of water changes, and a varied diet. BTW, I drip acclimate the fry if I spawn in a smaller tank.
Last edited by Dragonlady; 12-20-2010 at 10:29 PM.
I have a nice setup now for the spawning tank. I created a corner with a ton of hiding spots, lots of plants, etc. Then I attached half a plastic cup to the other side to aid in a bubble nest.. however Harley doesn't need it, he builds them everywhere! I also have the conditioning food and fry food (BBS, then first bites). Since it is a small tank I will have to move the fry pretty quickly, depending on size of spawn. I do have a 55 gal at my disposal... is that too large for raising the fry?
Well there's no turning back now haha, Harley has started a fine bubble nest and Mei is striping up. I really don't want to disturb them in the spawning tank! I'll figure out a way to move the fry over safely :)
I prefer breeding in short and wide containers both for big and small because I find it easier to control and clean - compared to tall containers/tanks. My smallest is about 1.5g (25 x 25 x 10 cm) which I use for bad fathers. If you are using a small tank, you could slowly pour everything after acclimating to the water of the grow out tank. I never use nets when moving less than 4 week old fry.