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Old 10-28-2011, 12:06 AM   #31 
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Will just give it another day...
If u see no fry just remove the male....
Let him rest for a month n breed him agian....
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:40 AM   #32 
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No, the nest had come apart and the male was sitting on the floor. I sucked up the 8 or so eggs that were left and will attempt to artificially hatch them.

At least I know my spawn tank set up works...I'm getting another pair Wednesday as well as another giant female. The female who spawned is perky and happy today.

EDIT: I removed some of the live plants and behind them found like 25 little teeny tiny snails...no idea how they got here, and TONS of snail poop. Maybe he ate them due to the water condition. I've been monitoring it and sucking up dead plant matter and such..Who knows. No reason to speculate I guess. I'm pretty bummed..will just have to try, try again.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:47 AM   #33 
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Aww, I'm sorry! I hope the ones you sucked up will hatch. Yeah, maybe things didn't work out because they were an inexperienced pair. He'll do better next time.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:52 AM   #34 
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Cool...
Will let the fish rest for a week or so...
Before u let them breed....
Yeah snail egg like to hitch hike on life plant...
I think that's how they got in there....
I don't mind them in the tank...
They eat the left over food...
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:47 AM   #35 
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I purposely got 'pest snails' just to clean up. But if you want clean up duty use Nerites or mystery snails - apparently are better than the other snails... I've just got my babies divided (small and big) in white tubs so I see ALL debris hate the baster lol
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:54 AM   #36 
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Yeah I got a giant pipette...used it so much my hands were shaking the other night, need to get a baster as well for less specific clean up.

The good news is my giant female is recovering from her swim bladder issues, I think it was damaged in shipping. I feel a little better now after water changes. Even if I lose this spawn, I got to see how it's done in person, know my set up and method works, at least with this male. Trying to be positive.

How old are you fry Sena?
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:13 AM   #37 
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Yeah! Even if this spawn didn't work--You got one of the best practice runs you could hope for! No one was seriously injured!! :)
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:19 AM   #38 
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Thanks for the boost Purplemuffin...No one was injured, the female I used specifically is the alpha of the tank and can handle it. She is quite sassy, it was her first time too.
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:02 AM   #39 
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Almost 4 weeks :) half are big, half are small so I had to separate them. One is getting super huge super fast, which I am wondering if she/he got Madame's length She probably was the first to hatch (day after the eggs were laid)

I have heard of the artificial hatching... basically the eggs can survive not in the nest - even the fry can. Just keep it humid on the surface. It may or may not work out... But hey, second time around may be easier :)
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:07 PM   #40 
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the main issue people seem to face with artificial hatching is fungus issues(the male betta can clean the eggs and what not to keep them fungus free), but short of that happening as long as they're still warm and they were properly fertilized they might hatch.

good luck, and if not you can always try again.
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