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Old 04-29-2011, 08:44 PM   #61 
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on the sites i just read it says the lights shouldnt be so bright. and my light is like blinding. i doubt they would want to spawn with that much light it says it stresses them. hence why all they did was chase each other. i dimmed the lights and watched them under the towel and it looked like they were flirting more and getting closer to each other. i am still gonna condition them and let them rest from this yet again unsuccessful try. this time im gonna use the dim lights and the towel around the tank. i have a good feeling about this. on websites as well said that freeze dried is fine. i dont have any live or i would feed them that, and they hate frozen for some reason. i wanted to grow my own bloodworms outside by leaving rainwater out, but it just fills with more rain, etc.
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:40 PM   #62 
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After you condition them properly in heated water for 2 weeks and change their water everyday you can try taping darkly colored paper to the sides of the tank for privacy. Also, IMO your water is too deep. It should be less than 5 inches. Most Thai breeders breed in extremely shallow water (3"-4"). Also, the bottom is really dirty which is the cause of the white worm infestation. You need to keep the spawning tank absolutely spotless or the fry's fins will not develop correctly or they will just die.

Do not feed the bettas freeze dried foods. That is not proper conditioning and you will get the same exact result yet again. Go buy the frozen bloodworms if they don't like the frozen brine shrimp. You need to condition them the right way if you want fry.
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:53 PM   #63 
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Ahh so thats what those little things in my tanks are >.> Well the juvies like picking at them :P I really don't worry about the bottom of the tank until they begin developing their ventral fins...don't want those getting burned off. For the first three weeks or so the tank bottom gets pretty dirty but the water itself is cleaned....but that's just me.
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:54 PM   #64 
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thank you!
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:55 PM   #65 
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the bottom is just leftover almond leaves that were shredded off. i will clean it before i add the male/female again though. but thanks for teh tips again...
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i want to get mosqutio larvae to condition them with but for some reason my bucket always empties out before i see algae grow.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:13 PM   #67 
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I just hope you condition them properly before you try again. They need no fewer than 2 weeks of good frozen foods before you try again. They also need to be in heated (78-80*F) water that is changed daily. If you don't do it for a full 2 weeks, they most likely will not spawn and you will be frustrated again.

If you think about it, women do the same thing during pregnancy. They have to take prenatal vitamins and eat well to support the growing baby. If they don't, the baby won't develop or will be underdeveloped. For healthy sperm, men also need to eat good diets. It is the same with betta fish.

What is your mosquito larva catching set up?
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:22 PM   #68 
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ah that is very true i guess. i will condition them. my mosquito larve is basically any bucket outside that has rain water. they just wiggle like worms in there right? just scoop em up with my fish net.
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You don't have enough hiding spots. Squidward's house and one plant isn't going to cut it.
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You don't have enough hiding spots. Squidward's house and one plant isn't going to cut it.
Seconded, you need to make it shallower and add more hiding places and plants (silk or live plants, preferably live). The female won't breed if she doesn't feel secure.

Make sure the mosquito bucket is in a shady area so the water doesn't evaporate. It is a little early for misquotes in some places... There aren't any here in Missouri yet.
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