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Haha I always feel so bad for the betta dads, they're so frantic and worried and the babies don't care! haha
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I know right? Hopefully he doesn't get frustrated and eat them ...😱

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This is so cool. I'm real happy for you and Mas. The fry look healthy too. Way to go Mas.
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2-24-19: SPAWN LOG #3 -
Day 2 after eggs have hatched and all is looking good so far. I've done a 50% water change (bottled drinking water) using and airline tube since I didn't put a filter in. I also added aeration with another airline tube on low, pumping air bubbles into a corner of the 5.5 gal tank. I think Mas approves because he pushed his bubble nest back to the front nearer to the air tube. I've started a BBS hatching so Mas' babies (Masitos) will have live food by the time they are free swimming, hopefully by tomorrow or the next day. The Masitos are getting stronger and now able to stay up in the bubble nest better instead of fluttering around the tank like flies. Mas wasn't hungry yesterday so I had to take out the few live blood worms I put in. I tried again today with the blood worms and he ate them so I'm glad. I know many breeders advise against feeding the male during this period but I feel that since they are working so hard nonstop, they need sustenance to maintain their energy. And As long as it doesn't affect their ability to take care of the eggs/fry, I think it's ok. I've also setup up the BettaCam so I can monitor the tank from different parts of my home. Mas has been a great father by doing an excellent job taking care of his little Masitos and I almost forgive him for being mean to the ladies 😂
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He had a reason to be mean to them. There were eggs and they would have eaten them. Mas is a good dad. He knows how to protect his brood.
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Haha, I think you might be right. 😂

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2-25-19: Spawn Log #4
Mas and his little Masitos are doing well. Most of the fry are pretty much free swimming and hanging out at the surface of the water. Some are at the bottom and others in between. Mas is still watching over them like the good father that he is and I've busted him taking little cat naps on the giant Indian Almond Leaf folded in the back corner of the tank. It's a little unnerving because he looks dead 😱. Poor guy he is exhausted!
I'm debating on taking him out tomorrow morning, however, some advise that if the male better is a good father, the fry would benefit from his presence and protection even though it is not required at this stage. I left my Galaxy Koi daddy in for over a week and he was still watching over them even though they were perfectly independent. Water temp is set at 82°F
And the airline tube is still blowing gentle bubbles in the front corner of the tank.
I put in some newly hatched BBS and then some Hikari First Bites in case the larger ones were ready to eat. Also threw in a few live blood worms for Mas, though he didn't eat them until way later. Mas is sleeping more often so maybe taking him out so he can rest might be a good idea. We will see.
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If the fry are free swimming and Mas is exhausted I would take him out and let him rest a few days to get his strength back. He really has proven to be a good daddy.
Any count on the fry? And I would love to see pictures. LOL You know a proud mom always has pictures of her little ones. LOL
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2-26-19: SPAWN LOG #5
Mas and fry are doing well. Babies are growing and eating newly hatched Baby Brine Shrimp. Their bellies have that familiar orange bulge. 😊
I've taken a few pics but you'll really have to zoom in to see them in the top waterline in the back. Ma's is still trying to gather them up and bringing to the bubble nest which he is still maintaining. At this point I would estimate the quantity to be around 150 to 175?? 🤷 But as we all know the number decreases over time so I'm not too fixed on a specific number right now.
Check out the pics and enjoy. Zoom in and let me know if you can see them ok.

💜💜 Oh and to OLD DOG 59.....when they become available, the one circled in blue is reserved for just for you!!! LOL 😂😂😂
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And the one circled is a male right? and you can tell this now How? I love it. If any males turn out as beautiful as Mas I will be ecstatic. And since they will probably be ready to go at the same time we move into the new house I may want a few females from the other spans. LOL
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