Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Yes, I listened to the advice of many top betta breeders, on and off this forum. My first ones were actually fine the first 2 weeks. 3 weeks was when disaster struck, and they were heavily monitored for all the issues mentioned by aluka, plus some.
I was at a loss, and was actually crying and depressed because I didn't know what I was doing wrong, following expert advice. I don't think the advice was wrong, but I don't want anyone who is really trying to feel like I did- a failure. That's why I tried again-4 unrelated pairs/breedings (US and Imported fish), and got 100% success rate, and reported my experiences and what I did. (one spawn I only got 7 from 100+ because Pa decided they were delicious after a day)
I believe if I tried my method again, with another pair of unrelated fish, the results would be the same-100%, unless there is something genetically wrong, and will use it again. (I used to breed and show persian cats, and I had a pair that no matter how I tried to breed them, the kittens would be unhealthy or stillborn. It turned out both healthy cats had incompatible blood types, of all things, confirmed by 2 vets) I'm not saying to use my method or follow my advice. I live in Louisiana, and the weather/water/conditions here are different than up North, (I'm originally from PA), and have other avenues available at my disposal.
I still welcome and value advice and opinions from those that have way more experience than I. And my advice is not to throw in the towel on first attempts, if it is something you really desire.