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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-26-2018, 10:18 PM
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Have you tried surface floating live plants? I can't see any in your photos. Surface floating plants are advised by most betta aficionados and could possibly help contain your betta's bubble nest in the future. Just a thought. :)
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LOL somehow i missed the post you have specifically about Almond leaves! Sorry about that.

ok, now i can't find your post about the leaves... omg. So i was going to ask for more info on them. How does it effect the water and such? Do you use them occasionally or do you keep the leaf/leaves in your tank and resupply as they deteriorate? Some people just use them for medicinal purposes and others, especially those that raise shrimp, keep them in their tanks at all times.

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LOL somehow i missed the post you have specifically about Almond leaves! Sorry about that.

ok, now i can't find your post about the leaves... omg. So i was going to ask for more info on them. How does it effect the water and such? Do you use them occasionally or do you keep the leaf/leaves in your tank and resupply as they deteriorate? Some people just use them for medicinal purposes and others, especially those that raise shrimp, keep them in their tanks at all times.


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Before keeping these bettas, Iíve never used them before because I never had to
They are meant to be great against parasites and other nasties but thereís no harm in keeping them in the tank for them.
They lower pH slightly and stain your water with tannins but if your doing regular water changes anyway shouldnít be a problem.

I follow creativepetkeeping on YouTube and she makes a strong ďteaĒ by boiling the leaves and just adding a bit to the water every water change - rather than having the actual leaves in there.

They arenít totally essential but just a nice addition for their tank.

Iíve left a whole bunch in the spawn tank as well as with my female to avoid infection on her wound (she got scraped up on one side of her body).




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Awesome and thanks! I am definitely going to buy some asap.
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The fry are free swimming!
Iím actually surprised how many there actually is lol
What Iíve done is removed the Dad and placed him in a glass container for now sitting in the tank so his water is heated.
Iíve turned the air pump off for now and added lots of plants from an established pond so they have something to nibble on and hide amongst.



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so awesome!
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post #17 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-29-2018, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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Iíve been bitten by the betta bug

Today I received another pair of HMPK in the mail:

Female:


Male:


I was drawn to this pair as they had more white, which is what I like to try and breed towards - blue, red and white HMPK :)

They are currently in a holding tank. Iíll be picking up a secondhand tank tomorrow.


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First batch of fry was a fail :(
Kind of expected since I was not fully prepared for feeding the babies.
They eventually dropped in numbers (the dead ones eaten by the mystery snail and/or shrimp.

Iíve ordered vinegar eel culture and I have my microworm culture going, so will be ready to try again in a month or so time.


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Don't forget to purchase brine shrimp eggs before your next spawning attempt (if you don't already have some on hand). I get mine from Jodi-Lea. Microworms have been associated with missing and deformed ventral fins in bettas, so ideally you want to wean your fry onto other food sources as soon as possible.

If you don't already have some, grindal worms are also useful once the fry are big enough.
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Don't forget to purchase brine shrimp eggs before your next spawning attempt (if you don't already have some on hand). I get mine from Jodi-Lea. Microworms have been associated with missing and deformed ventral fins in bettas, so ideally you want to wean your fry onto other food sources as soon as possible.



If you don't already have some, grindal worms are also useful once the fry are big enough.


Thanks not sure if I can get grindle worms here


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