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Old 01-08-2011, 09:43 AM   #1 
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Smile Planning ahead... questions :)

Hi everyone, so after months and months of reading about breeding bettas, we'd really like to give it a try! I just wanted to make sure I have all that I need so we won't get any surprises in the beginning!

-10gallon tank
-heater
-styrofoam cups
-plants
-BBS
-Frozen fresh food for parents
-vase for Mamma
-thermometer
-siphon/turkey baster

My questions are about filtration. I know you can't use a filter when the fry are tiny, but at what stage do you use it? And when you do start, is an air stone all you need?

Thanks a bunch :)
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Old 01-08-2011, 10:26 AM   #2 
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Awesome......I don't use filtration in either my spawning tank or fry tanks, but a lot of folks like to use sponge type filters if they do use filtration along with a gang valve so you can control the water flow/bubbles

Good luck..look forward to hearing about your spawning...
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Old 01-08-2011, 10:42 AM   #3 
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Thank you! That's the word I meant to say, sponge filter! It just hit me that I mixed up the two, lol. Good to know I don't need filters though, I was getting mixed information about that everywhere! Thank you :)
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Old 01-08-2011, 10:45 AM   #4 
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Lots of different ways to spawn this species....its finding what works for you....sometimes you have to tweak things with each spawn and breeders...keeps us on our toes....lol....
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:41 PM   #5 
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You sound like you have everything covered. I would suggest you get one or two other foods. Just like adults, fry do best with a variety. I personally like to start off with something a little smaller than BBS for the first 2 weeks such as Vinegar eels or micro worms. Just a suggestion :)

I would also have plastic wrap to cover the top of the tank. I can't begin to describe how much better the fry seem to do when the tank is really humid. That's why I love using the plastic bins with the tops that lock on. I also like to suggest IAL to have the water tinted.

I use a sponge filter in my grow out tanks and I highly suggest them. Its great if you get busy and have to miss a water change. I would suggest buying it now, putting it in an already cycled tank (or cycling it in a tank if you don't have a cycled tank), that way when you need it you can just put it in the other tank and don't have to worry about cycling it. A gang valve is a must so you can adjust the flow as your fry become better swimmers.

My water has a tendency to develop a film over the top if not aerated so I find filters especially useful.
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:46 PM   #6 
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I started with the hobbyist method but I used a small PennPlax corner filter instead of a sponge filter. I have had fry get sucked up before but there's no way it can harm them because they get shot out in a couple of seconds anyway. My blue dragon HMPK spawn actually took turns riding the current! Haha. Now a days I spawn in a 4 gallon tub with 3 inches of water, a plant, and a heater. I get spawns within a few days. Just start with the traditional method and then begin tweeking to fit what's best for you.
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