I decided to wait until I had perfected my technique before I decided to do another spawn log. I hate starting one and then having to report that the spawn died off :( So the babies in this spawn are a bit older than most, but I will still post as many pics as possible of the process from start to finish!
I did some things differently with this spawn that I believe helped quite a bit. I used a 5.5 gallon filled with tons of java moss, and two sponge filters that ran non-stop. I only turned the sponge filters down far enough to avoid disturbing the bubble nest, but otherwise I kept them turned up full force, even when the fry just started free swimming. They didn't seem to really mind, other than kind of staying to the side opposite of the filters.
Another thing I did was started water changes the day the fry were free swimming. Not a lot, maybe like four cups worth of water everyday for the first week. Basically, I would siphon the water at the bottom where all the gunk was, and all the water that came with the gunk was what I changed out. I just used a turkey baster to return any fry to the tank that got sucked up accidently.
I believe sucking up the gunk everyday helped, as I don't have a single fry that is deformed or missing vents from this bunch.
The pair spawned on 2/20/2015, so they will soon be 6 weeks old. I have been feeding them live VE, MW, GW, BBS. Now they are also eating frozen BBS, as well as live black worms. They are already fighting quite a bit, and I've been noticing some fry getting vertical stripes while fighting.
They have quite a diverse amount of colors. I have seen shades of red, green, blue, and lavender. I don't see any that are predominantly white like the father is. Most are a brown color with patches of irids on them, although there are a few that are vividly colored.
The father is a HMPK fancy. At least I consider him a fancy, while others may consider him to be a grizzle. He's a big long boy! I purchased him, as well as the vast majority of my other fish, from a veterinarian in my area whom has been breeding bettas for years, although he doesn't show or even auction them online. He truly just loves bettas and breeding them is a relaxing hobby for him. He has some very nice and healthy fish, but I don't believe he puts as much emphasis on form as most other breeders do.
The mother is also from the same breeder, although from a different spawn. She is from a HMPK pairing, which is why I have her labelled as thus. However, I have not personally seen her hit a full 180 degrees when flared, though that could be because I never have actually seen her flare. She's got EE genes, but doesn't display them to the extent that a lot of other EEs do.
Why am I breeding bettas? Well there are a few different reasons. First of all, I am fascinated by the whole process. I love everything about spawning bettas, from selecting a pair to culturing food forf the fry. That may sound odd, but I really do enjoy preparing the cultures for the babies.
I even enjoy cleaning the tanks and performing the water changes everyday. Spawning bettas is a rewarding and intriguing endeavor.
Another reason I am breeding bettas is to provide my customers with a more diverse selection of bettas. I work at a tropical fish store, and we get many requests for more variety with our bettas.
Although we order HMs and EEs on a regular basis, often all that we get in are VTs, CTs, and the occasional DeT or SD. Once is awhile something amazing will ship in, such as a flawless bright yellow HM or a white dalmatian King betta, and of course, those fish generally end up coming home with me
So I am breeding to meet the demand of my customers. We sell a lot of bettas every week. Probably more bettas than any other fish, aside from maybe plecos. I am not sure why, but people buy at least ten plecos a day from my work. I think its because they aren't cleaning their tanks enough, and are hoping the plecos will do the work for them.
The reason I bred these two bettas in particular is because I am hoping to create a more colorful EE. I am always seeing the salamander EEs, or the white EEs, but I rarely see fancy or marble EEs. I am not expecting any EEs this first generation, nor have I seen any sign of the EE trait yet, but these guys are carriers so I may see some EE in the next generation.
Now that I have rambled, I will start posting some pics! First, heres some pics of Dad, followed by mom.
Please note, pics of mom are after spawning, so yes, she is sporting some fin and scale damage. I apologize for the quality of the photos; taking pictures is not my area of expertise by any means