Originally Posted by DarkMoon17
Well, it was a sibling cross (female is a sibling blue dragon) so it is more likely that that line is no longer genetically viable. I'm going to keep trying though since they are gorgeous. Since individual's genomes don't change due to environmental factors, power feeding will not change fertility rates. I do believe it shortens their life span though. But so does keeping fish at warmer temperatures! I actually found that my bettas were the same size as my Thai imports were at 3 months so I don't think there is such a thing as power feeding. I just fed them 3 times per day when they were really small and then twice per day as they aged (which is normal practice) and made sure they had daily water changes, especially when cupped. Some breeders do "mislabel" the age of the fish they are selling, which IMO, is a better explanation for why they are larger than other 3 month old bettas. But that's just my rant! Lol
I understand completely. There are a few pairs who I really wanted to spawn but they wouldn't so I got new pairs. That's why I have so many pairs ATM haha... And I'm probably bringing some more in since I know have a dripping barrack system and can house more adults comfortably. I need to sell a lot of fish to make up for the cost of the failed pairs and barrack system! Hopefully the fish will be in the mood this weekend... Good luck with yours as well!
Ahh I see. That makes sense. All of the new males that I got were labeled at 3, 3, and 4 months old. The HMPK pink ish male is very aggressive and seems to be very "spunky". Also the HM that I got has not yet developed his full finnage nor color since he has a cellophane border of his fins. He is also a white and blue marble with the cutest red spot on his head. Not above the eyes, but just where you would put a hat on. Kind of funny when your talking about fish LOL.
Heh, I did the same thing this time around. I also ordered 20 blue Mystery snails so I am very excited about those guys as well:) I never had one before so that might be why I'm excited about "just some snails."
Also I have noticed this with bettas and other species of fish when kept in warmer temperatures. It really is just common sense. We turn the heat up a bit in the tank to hatch the fry faster so it is speeding up their life if you think about it. A lot of their fish don't survive very long when imported from Thialand. They produce amazing fish, but they don't "last" long.
It is a sad truth.