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Old 12-13-2010, 12:07 AM   #1 
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Male Torn to pieces!!!

I've ben trying to breed these two for about 2 weeks. I left my male in the 10 gallon set-up for about 4 days before introducing the female in a plastic 1 gallon jug. They seemed to be doing great so I let her go after 2 days in the jug. I released her last Saturday and noticed normal behavior all day. I went to bed thinking I would see eggs but woke to the male torn to pieces. Here are photos of the before and after. I'm trying again after another week of conditioning but what do you think?

Temp on 1st attempt was 77.9






2nd Attempt taking it slow with Temp @ 82.8




I'm freaking out. This is one of my favorite pairs.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:23 AM   #2 
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I don't think you should breed them until the male has recovered more. Put him in a quarantine tank and give him some aquarium/espom salt, 1 tsp/gal, treat for 10 days at the most. This will help to help encourage fin growth.

If he has no other damage and can still swim just fine, you could breed him like you are again now. I personally wouldn't, but so long as he doesn't recieve any more harm I guess it's okay.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:40 AM   #3 
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Do you think his fins will grow back?
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:25 AM   #4 
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they will grow back eventually, but might not colour up the same.
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:06 AM   #5 
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I've seen females ruining male's fins before, but not that bad. Your male must be too ...... gentle (?). IMO let your male get better and breed him to a different female. OR, this may sound cruel; make your male aggressive before breeding him to that female.

Hope all goes well.
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:55 AM   #6 
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Wow! She really did a number on him.......I hope she didn't break his spirit......I've had this happen a couple times through the years but the male never spawned after he got beat up.....

His fins will grow back in time but they will never be the same as before the beating.....

Poor guy!
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:05 PM   #7 
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I know... I am so devastated. I can't imagine how the little guy feels. I'll keep this thread updated on progress but I am taking it slow.
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:46 PM   #8 
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I agree.. take him out and work on recovery.

Believe it or not but I've seen a fish worse than that at one of the GABBA meetings.. the poor male had almost no fin left at all.. but he made it and his fins re-grew, albeit no where near as pretty as they were originally.

Next time I would add a lot more plants to your set up. IME they'll lose each other and you'll get less damage. With that female it might be a good idea to put her next to the male for the entire process (conditioning and spawning) that way she's used to his presence.
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:22 AM   #9 
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Your poor boy!! I am sorry for the failed attempt... :(

I agree with everyone else, let him recover and add more hiding spots in the breeding tank... Hopefully he'll get his fins back and maybe you could breed him with a different female.

*I'm not a betta breeder, just an avid pet owner :)
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Old 12-15-2010, 12:11 PM   #10 
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I pulled both of them out. I'm a little bummed. I'll update this pair/thread once I have news. I started conditioning my platinum pair and will start a thread on the spawning process soon.
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