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I remember trying to teach myself snail genetics back in grade 7...nevertheless the three apple snails I purchased never bred and simply crawled out of their jars and died...I guess breeding betta appeal to me because then I could raise them from babies, but at the same time, I don't think I could handle the death and culling. But I do hope your current flock are coming along nicely!!
 

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It must be so fascinating watching the fry grow. I am so looking forward to seeing more pictures of them as they grow up. Thanks for sharing we can all join in on the fun.:)
 

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So I did an experiment with the smallest of my fry. I changed some of them into my no filter shrimp tank as there was plenty ot tiny organisms living there and I wanted to give them a chance to grow faster. The shrimps I have tolerate a high range of temperatures so that wasn't an issue I just gradually put the temperature higher until it was the same as the fry tank. I think I lost some in the process, it's hard to tell as there is plenty of hiding spots on the shrimp tank, but the ones that I find more than doubled in size. They are thriving and grew immensely after the transfer. The smallest ones I left on the fry tank seem to barely have grown, they still look about 1 to 2 weeks old. They will be 1 month old tomorrow.


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Wow, I love experiments. Thanks for sharing. Love the tank too.
What age do betta get separated?
Depends, some people separate them when they start flaring, others only when they start fin nipping. It's usually around 2 months old.

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Starting to get a blue shine in a certain light. Need to invest in a proper camera as my phone isn't doing the trick.

The runt isn't the only runt, or even the smallest, no idea how they wil survive as I am starting with tubifex today.


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I have now completely given up on my grow up tank and added the healthy fry to the shrimp tank. Culled all fry that were laying on their sides and unable to swim properly. Down to about 50 fry.


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6 week old update. Fry have ick but seem to be responding well to heat treatment.

Now I know my blue male had some red, I knew that there was a possibility of MG showing up, but in all honesty I wasn't expecting it, I still am not expecting it. Having said it I am starting to see some MG looking fry, but I am not getting my hopes up.

Some fry are starting to show yellow on the fins, near their bodies and then a clear blue line on the outside on their fins. I am wondering if this yellow might eventually turn red.


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They're looking great! It's so much fun watching their colors develop as they grow!
The yellow is turning to red now tho. There are 2 that are smaller than the others but extra long that are remaining a greyish silver colour with little green/blue sparkles in the light. We will see I guess. I have caught quite a few flaring already :)

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Will wait as long as possible to jar as they are F1 and I have no intention to take them on shows.


On another news I have some new eggs cooking on the nest again

Same daddy but the female is a white platinum VT female with blue iridescent, goal is to hopefully increase the iridescent and maybe bring up some potential marbles as according to the females breeder she has the marble genome.

The tricolour fish (last 3 pictures) is a new male I bought, he is still young only 3 months old but I will cross him when more mature to a female that is already with me but I'll be keeping that a surprise

Lots of future plans as you see, let me know what you think.


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What a gorgeous boy! Will you be starting a new spawn log for then new guys?
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Yes when they are ready to start breeding, should be next month. I have already a 3 week spawn from Blue VT male white VT female that I will be posting up soon.

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