This will be my first time breeding. So, I don't actually have the fish yet, but I thought it would be nice to write down all of the preparations I'm doing and such...plus, I think I'm boring my family with the details. ("I'm going to breed my favorite kind of betta! I'm so excited!" "...ugh, more fish?")
So, I impulse-offered on this guy on Ebay:
I really was NOT expecting to get him. He was for sale for $79 and I offered $15. Logged on to discover that I won him...
He's really pretty (and you bet I'm extremely excited
). His fins are a tad bit uneven, but he looks pretty young. Also has a couple red splotches, and his eyes are a little cloudy, but that's to be expected for opaques, really. I think a nice female should cancel that out.
So, now I need to get a female. I'm considering one of these:
...but only if they don't get sniped or bid up. 1 day 10 hours left. >.< I'm really hoping I can get one. They're absolutely beautiful.
As for other preparations, here's what I need to do before the fish arrive:
-Get the spawning tank in order. Probably needs to be resealed.
-Get microworm culture, IAL, and brine shrimp eggs
-Get an area set up for breeding (will be completely separate from my other tanks)
-Get jars and grow-out tank (might wait until after they spawn)
Other than that, I think I'm good. I have two tank setups ready to go, an extra heater and DIY sponge filter for the spawn tank, and foods for the parents while I'm conditioning them and such. Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.