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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-21-2015, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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"$200" Betta Bowl (5.5G Tank)

So as a few of you may have seen there was a post about a $200 dollar betta, this is the journal of her new apartment.

Equipment:
Tetra 5.5G(May change to something more stylish)
Hydor Theo 25W
Fluval C2 (may change)
Cheap light for now, DIY in the future.


Fauna:
White Platinum HM Betta (Betty White)
African Dwarf Frog (Aquasloth)
Something else, opinions welcome.

Flora:
Anubuias nana
Frogbit
Monywort
Java Ferns
Amazon Swords
Anacharis
Crypt Wendetii
Java Moss
Ludwigia Repens


I want to breed the betta, what would be a good male to pair her with?

Here is the tank Day 1:






4 Days in after plants melted:


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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-21-2015, 07:14 AM
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Flora and Fauna are reversed in initial post.

That's a 200 dollar betta?
Very interesting, would try the most docile of males to breed to insure her survival.

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Ha, so they are thanks for pointing that out. Anyways the seller had her listed as $200, she sold then was relisted. I picked her up for 60 bucks on the relist.

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$200+ Betta
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Beautiful Betta. What are your thoughts on getting some floating plants for her?
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I'm glad she has room to spread her fins? She looks good. I'm glad she made it safely to you.
Have you bred bettas in the past?
A like colored male with good-ears should give you the results your looking for. It's a lot of work to breed them. Do a lot of research.
I would get another 10 gallon or 20 long and fill it 6 inches with water. Leave it bare bottom with some floaters or a couple potted aquatic plants. Some breeders I've seen use those glass chimneys for candles so the betta can be separate and still breath water from the surface- during introductions to the other sex. I would make sure the male has a bubble nest built before releasing her. Also a tip some folks cut a styrofoam cup in half the long way and float it upside down- tape it to the side of the tank and he will build under it. Indian almond leaf is supposed to be good for fin health after a battle.
Then you move the female back to her tank after the male has the eggs in the nest.
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I have not bred them in the past but I understand the scope of the undertaking and have a lot of reading to do and appreciate the advice. I have a lot of Frogbit in my other tank which now that you mention it would be a great addition to her tank.
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Frogsbit is a good start, maybe some dwarf water lettuce for thicker roots to hide in.
Something like a larger Anubias nana var. Petite, as every betta I see napping is on a leaf of that plant.

The catappa leaves also seem to make the males more excitable, and sometimes more aggressive.
blackwater works as well.

Dimming lights seems to work to calm males.

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She looks beautiful, congrats on the purchase! Great looking tank too!

Just like Maechael says above, my Betta naps/shelters on my Anubuias nana.

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So a update only 4 days in.

The plants I got for her tank melted back a bit, probably because of the low light, shipping shock and low ferts so they have been transferred to my big high tech tank for now. The low light plants are staying and I will be making it a crypt, java fern, and anubuias tank.

Miss Betta also got a new friend but it is problematic so far. She has a ADF now and neither of them bother each other. The issue is when I try to feed the frog tubifex worms in a dish per recommendations she will eat her floating portion after they thaw then go and swim in circles in the dish to get to get the frogs portion suspended in the water column so she can eat them as well.



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Be careful you don't over feed her. Over feeding could lead to dropsy. You may want to dangle the frogs worms above him with tweezers to make sure he gets his. Hopefully your betta won't swoop in and grab them up anyway.
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Yeah that was a one time deal, she got to pig out but it won't be happening again. I have some petri dishes and some frog food on the way which I hope she is not as interested in. For now the frog is getting his food dangled like you said but in true ADF fashion he is a slow eater.
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I think ADFs are the sloths of the aquarium world.
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The future RCS will be betta food, they're great food don't get me wrong. But you probably want to keep them in a separate tank / breeding container if you want to have a sustainable food source. I had a super red vibrant betta that lived off RCS and blue rilis. Never fed him, just threw in some more shrimp every month or so in dense plant cover as the population became depleted (they'll hide and run, but eventually get gobbled up).
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Yeah I was worried she might see them as snacks. This tank will only get RCS if my main tank has the explosion of RCS I am hoping for, if not she will be living with her Aquasloth (thanks Varmint) friend, unless she starves him out. I feel that maybe a breeder box and netting Aquasloth for his dinner might be in order if she eats his frog pellets.
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Crushed snails from your tank also makes for a tasty snack. I like supplementing with some live feed, especially for such an elegant fish �� they have super strong jaw pressure, yummy calcium supplement
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