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Old 11-06-2013, 06:45 AM   #16
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oh it also helps alot if you get one of those rigid tubing that fits in a airline tube, thats how i clean poop now. Its sort of like a mini gravel vaccum, lol.
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I found what looks unhealthy to us can be Mother Nature's building blocks. The more pristine I kept the water, the more unhealthy it was for my betta fry. Plants, algae, and snail poo are in every waterway around the globe. Not saying being irresponsible and let them sit in stagnant water and poo.
I went shrimping with a cast net first time this Summer. You should of seen and smelled the crap that coated my net. Then we eat said shrimp
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:06 PM   #18
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Congratz on the successful breeding, and gl with fry rearing ^^
what are your plants for the surviving fry once they're (nearly)full grown?
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:30 PM   #19
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Seperate them. Try to sex them. Re home them cheap. Can't talk about pricing and selling them on here. Don't want this thread locked haha.

It's feeding time! Best thing to wake up to is my daughter smiling when she wakes up and feeding the fry!
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:58 PM   #20
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Thanks for the congrats, it means a lot from everyone on here. Anyone can spawn betas, but growing them out and rearing them takes not skill per say, but reluctance to give up if things strt to go wrong.
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:23 PM   #21
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There getting big fast haha, kinda hard to keep track of them, they all decide to hide among the ial and floaters. Making it hard to count them, still doing the daily cleaning. Wish I could count them all
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:41 PM   #22
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heh... i am at 70 days old.. i still can't count them... sooooo... dont be too concern about that. LOL
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Lol I wouldn't be except I only count ten.. And there has to be more,
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:07 AM   #24
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So the fry are 13 days old still eating well. My question is can I put a small air driven filter in with purigen? I think the water movement might help with the hair algae growing in
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Mine has a sponge filter. But with slow bubbles so minimize water movement.
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Ok awesome that's what I wanted to hear. This algae is kicking my butt I have to trial it up in my tweezers every morning. Side effect of having the tank inside my 55 close to the light haha.
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:41 AM   #27
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Ok guys, the betas are now a month old!!!!! Yayyyyyy, 1/3 of the original 60 have survived. Yes I have 22 beta Ty alive and swimming. There really fat and there all pigs. Haha but very lively. I still clean the tank every day, so don't mind this picture because I know there is a lot of poopoo, I took this about half an hour ago. Yes all that poo was done in a day by a nerite snail and 22 betas. Haha

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Wow! Every one in that tank musta ate good Thanksgiving day!
Congratulations!
Thanks for posting the pic, and wishing you continued success
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How often did you do wc? Seems off to lose 2/3 of your spawn :< I didn't lose a single fry until they started fighting :< they killed 4! Before I could separate them
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I seemed to find each spawn is unique, and each fish grows at it's own rate of development even when kept in the exact same conditions as its siblings. I don't think Mother Nature intends for all possible 100-300 fry to live, that's why they have so many.
In the wild, some are eaten, some are killed by the stronger, some are just retarded, and some have accidents.

My first spawn of over 100 all died over a period of a month-month and a half. I had 2 "survivors" which I put in a low current, pristine cycled planted 10 gallon tank and they died promptly.

I was immaculate with the wc. I kept the temp at a steady 78 degrees. I siphoned, turkey basted, and removed snails and algae. They all ate well, even hatched BS for them-fed 2-3 times a day, then cleaned up after them.

I'm not countering any one's techniques, but I am beginning to think there are other factors pre-determining the fate of the fry beyond our control, in our control settings.

I bred the same fish 5-6 months later, and all are doing great at 15 weeks old.
(although, I had to separate and I'm still separating the aggressive, but that is a giving with bettas)

I was breeding for HM's, not Plakats, so I don't know if it makes a difference or not.
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