I've researched these guys and you don't have to strip them cause they only brood till the fry hatch and then they spit them out and no longer have anything to do with them (this is when they'll eat them).
Well today is the day! I hope! I saw the little tiny baby betta in his mouth this morning and they were trying to escape. So hopefully he'll let them free today! I really, really, really hope so cause he's getting *really* thin from not eating.
I've got a huge cup of live blackworms ready for him when he's ready. Pics soon!!!
The babies are here! The Daddy betta spit them out. They are TINY! They are smaller than the word 'tiny'! The are about the size of the word 'the'. There are about a dozen of them. I've got them in the breeder box for now, but I have a ten gallon stuffed with hornwort for them when they get a little bigger for grow out.
Amazing! I'm so excited about this! Are you going to start a new thread to depict their growth and development in the "ten gallon stuffed with hornwort"?!? That would be pretty awesome! It's just so awesome to breed fish and watch the little ones develop into adults. Thanks for doing such an amazing job!!!
"Success is not the goal, it's merely a byproduct!"
I should start a new thread! Thanks everyone and guess what? This morning Daddy has ANOTHER mouthful of eggs! Three times as many eggs as last time!
This time I won't have to put him in the breeder, the ten gallon-o-hornwort is now fully cycled, so in a week I'll move him over there to have the babies.
I'll start the thread once the new batch is born. Right now I only have six of these little ones (they were so small that some got out of the breeder and were instantly eatten) and they are hard to find in all the hornwort! I saw one today though and he's nearly twice as big as when he was hatched.
I got a new stand (a 75 gallon stand that now holds this and my grow out ten gallon). So I had to drain the tank down to near nothing, keeping the water in 5 gallon buckets so that they didn't go into 'clean water shock'. While I was at it I did a major clean out of the plants. The Riccia got so huge (halfway across the tank) that it separated from the stone it was meshed to and floated to the top. So I took it out and place it in my Dart Frog tank as a carpet (looks awesome), and just put a small bit back in.
I never really like the look fresh after a cut, looks so empty. I think I need to replace my ambulla, I let it get too leggy.
Tank is looking great! Which bulbs do you have in your light fixture? I bought the same fixture for my 10g but the color is not nearly as natural as yours. I have the 67K/ colormax combo. It's ugly purplish light and it made a huge hair algae breakout in one light cycle after I switched from a 36w CF bulb.
Would love to know what bulbs you are using if you get a sec. Thanks!