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Old 07-13-2011, 07:07 PM   #1 
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Surrogate fathers?

Ok well I spawned my CT pair last night, I woke up to a huge clump of eggs ( pics posted in my "help new spawn" thread) Well much to my disapointment my 2 year old got into my fish room and played in the spawning tank, ruining the nest and scattering eggs everywhere. I was so happy to see Archer trying hard to rebuild his nest and gather any floating eggs he could find. I checked on him later to find he hadn't touched any of the probable 200 or more along the bottom so I thought maybe instead of losing them I could trick my VT male into caring for them along with his eggs since he didn't have that many. Has anyone else ever tried this? Both pairs spawned the same day so he wouldn't have to care for them much longer than his own fry. Anyway I slowly sucked out the eggs and dropped them in with my VT about 5 at a time and he took them! I really really hope this works. So far he has cared for them right along with his own eggs and hasnt eatn any that I could tell.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:11 PM   #2 
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That is great that he accepted them!
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:14 PM   #3 
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Oh god, that's too cute! :D Glad he didn't eat any!!! Think you can tell what babies will be from who? haha
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:18 PM   #4 
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I will be able to once they are older, It was a VT pair of blue and a CT pair of lavender cambodia and purple :) I hope it works out too, I already lost all of my CT spawn last time I tried, I didnt want to lose them again.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:21 PM   #5 
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I had success getting another male to accept eggs by using an eyedropper and drop eggs in the nest area one at a time to make him think it was his eggs...he took the eggs and placed them in his nest, however, no way to know 100% if the eggs hatched or not....spawn brothers...one egg eater and the other a good father.......or just artificial hatch them in a small cup floating in the tank...I have done about 10 nest of eggs this way in the last month because I need a lot of Bettas for an order this fall.....
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:24 PM   #6 
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Ya i tried dropping them slow and he took them just fine. Im actually quite excited because this male is a really good daddy anyway so I bet they have more of a chance than even with they're own father, he was an egg eater too.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:50 PM   #7 
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wow that is really cool!
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:53 PM   #8 
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I will be able to once they are older, It was a VT pair of blue and a CT pair of lavender cambodia and purple :) I hope it works out too, I already lost all of my CT spawn last time I tried, I didnt want to lose them again.
Aaahhh ok well that's good that you'll be able to tell them apart! haha. :D
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:38 PM   #9 
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The adopted fry are starting to hatch today, So far I cant tell how many with all the older fry bouncing around but by this evening I should be able to see if its mostly fry or a bunch of unhatched eggs.
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Very cool HD, i hope they all hatch and are cared for by the adoptive daddy.
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