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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 06-15-2013, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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My bettas are (finally) spawning!

I will attempt to capture the process as best I can.
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So the spawning lasted 2-3 hours. it went down almost exactly like I've read online. They embrace and he sqeezes her (I'm guessing he releases sperm, but it wasn't visible), she pops out eggs and they fall. At first he would go down and grab them while she just hovered motionless. Eventually they seemed to get a pattern going; she'd gather the eggs from the bottom and bring them up to the bubble nest and spit them out. He'd grab the eggs and put them in the bubble nest. It was really cool to watch. As soon as they were done he wanted her the heck out of the area. She's looking pretty rough, but I've got her in her own tank to heal.

I recorded some videos, so I'll go over them now and post the best one(s) and post here. Stay tuned...
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Very exciting!!!!!

I can't wait for the video, and hope the eggs turn into tiny betta for ya!

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Congratulations! What do the parents look like?
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Thanks, guys I'm attempting to upload to Flickr now... not sure if it'll work yet.

I prefer the more "wild"-looking bettas, so they are not very flashy. The male is a dragon scale, he almost looks like a B. imbellis with more muted coloring. The female is a veil tail with muted coloring as well, but with notable horizontal stripes. You can't tell in the video though, because the females show vertical stripes while spawning. I'll have to take pictures of her after she's recovered.
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Well... it uploaded, but it didn't rotate the video even though I selected the rotate option Sorry for the neck strain!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/93413528@N04/9045085199/

The breeding tank has GSA growing on the glass but it's clear enough that you get the general idea of what's happening. I'll attempt to fix the rotation issue.

By the way, if anyone has a microworm starter culture, I'd be very interested!
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Wow, so neat you were able to capture that!!!

Not shocked your girly is looking beat up. he was awfully rough with her. Hope she reocovers quickly & that you have babies soon!

GSA = Green Slime Algae? Still trying to get all these acronyms down.

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GSA = Green Spot Algae

It typically grows on glass and slower-growing leaves like Anubias if your CO2/nutrient balance is off. Since it's just a breeding tank, I don't use either

Thanks for the well wishes. I'll keep posting updates here.
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wow nice. your male has really nice colors. but i think now comes the hard part, the raising of the fry, so good luck with your endeavors! haha. i've always wanted to try breeding betta. was this a selected pair or just random?
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WOW they are a pretty pair!
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This was definitely not random! They've been a bit of a pain There was a lot of conditioning with live food and mixing of water from their two tanks and introducing and re-introducing. Honestly, this was going to be my last attempt. I was very pleasantly surprised by the successful spawn.

I hand selected them with the intention to try and breed them. My hope is the coloring of the fry will be more "natural". I'm sure that would be tough to accomplish in one generation, so we'll see how it goes.
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That's an incredible spawning process! Thanks for posting this!!

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Well my camera isn't powerful enough to show you guys, but the fry are developing. They are now little pinheads with tails hanging straight down. I don't want to bother dad too much, so I haven't looked too closely. I don't think there are many though, I'm guessing a couple dozen at most. I'll take pictures as soon as they are big enough, probably when I remove dad from the tank.

Nature is so cool
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I pulled dad out of the tank this morning. I'll get pics of the fry when I get home from work, they are still very tiny.

The microworms I ordered on Saturday were just shipped First Class from CA about 11:30 pm last night. They aren’t going to be here as quickly as I hoped.

I started a infusoria colony, I have a brine shrimp hatchery and I bought frozen glass worms. Anybody have any advice on how to feed? I planned on starting with the infusoria, but I’m not super confident that anything is really growing in the culture  Should I make a paste out of something else to try and supplement until the microworms get here? I’ve heard too much BBS can cause swim bladder issues.
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