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Old 06-22-2011, 08:51 AM   #11 
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They should feed off their own egg sack that's still attached to them for a couple of days. When they reach the free-swimming stage, this means that they are looking for food. If you have live plants (which it seems you do) the fry will eat the microscopic creatures that live on/near it for a while. I'd feed them BBS a couple days after they become free-swimming (2-3) at about a week old.
Congrats on the fry!! :D
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:14 AM   #12 
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Thanks so much for the help. When did you remove your male?
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Thanks so much for the help. When did you remove your male?
No problem! I actually kept my male in there, but all of the fry died due to unknown causes. I have about 30-40 fry right now that I had to artificially hatch cuz the dad was eating the eggs. So I didn't have the dad with them at all. But my first spawn I kept the male in there until the fry were able to swim on their own.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:01 AM   #14 
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Thank you for your help. This is my first spawning and I am so nervous that I will loose them. It took so much effort to get this far. I'll post more pics in a few days.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:08 AM   #15 
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Yaaayyy pictures!
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:59 AM   #16 
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Dad & babies still doing good. They are much bigger and have visible tails now. They are still just sticking to everything, so I haven't fed them yet. Dad is trying soo hard to keep them in the nest. He puts one back in and 10 fall out. It's very amusing.

Hoping tonight they will be free swimming and I can feed them.

Let me know what everyone thinks. this is my first spawning of Bettas. I am open to suggestions and criticism.

Thank you!!!!
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:01 AM   #17 
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White Male Plakat Male with eggs

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This is my other male who spawned with a black plakat female. It took them 2x as long to spawn as my black to black plakat spawning. Hope he is as good a dad as the black.

I'm terrible at naming, I am open to suggestions??????!!!!!!
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:08 AM   #18 
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I'm just wondering what on earth all the tubes are for. Ive never seen that in a spawn tank and dont really think its practical. Other than that I think your doing well, I usually leave my daddy's in with the fry until the day after the free swiming stage, since as was mentioned not all fry develop at the same rate, unless of course the fathers eat the fry. BBS is a good first food but I like to include micro worms too for variety and I think most fry accept it just as easy, and honestly I hate that BBS only lives for a day or two and has to be recultures every few days, while micro worms are cultures once and last forever and can survive in the tank up to 3 days before being eaten
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:16 AM   #19 
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I put in the tubes so the female had places to hide. I work during the day and was afraid that the female would be harmed or killed while I was away.
It actually worked really well at protecting the female.

I have a culture of bbs started, it should be ready about the same time the fry are free swimming ( i hope I timed it right). I also have a cultures of micro worms that a friend gave me, but i don't think I have enough yet. I do have some bottled fry food, but I hear that it's not ideal, so I am holding off and using that as a last resort.
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Good luck with your spawn.
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