Advice for breeding beginners..
Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:54 AM
Currently I have
2 - 10 Gallon Tanks
1 - 20 Gallon Tank
1 - 1.5 Gallon Tank
1 - Gallon Tank
20-30 Gallon Containers
Large Bag of Almond Leaves
3 Isolation Tanks
Brine Shrimp Eggs and Hatching Tank
3 Heaters (Would Like to replace 2)
Small amount of live plants
2 Chimney glasses
Styrofoam Cups for bubble Nests
My breeding pair of Halfmoons
a Sponge Filter
More Brine Shrimp Eggs (JUST IN CASE)
2-3 More Heaters.
More Live Plants
Any Suggestions or tips?
Keep in mind I still have amonth or 2 before I even try
I Do Have a Male and Female But they are store bought. I rescued the female from being flushed and the male I got at the beginning of my college year from walmart and he is my baby. :]
Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:59 AM
Also your brine shrimp "hatching tank". Can you elaborate on that some more? I think there's something you're missing here.
How much time do you realistically plan to spend per day on taking care of your spawn?
I think the most important thing about breeding bettas is knowing what to expect from the spawning. Can you give me a run down of how you expect it to go from the time you set up the breeding tank to the time when you send your fishes off on their way?
Just trying to make sure you're ready
Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:19 PM
I have only cured damaged fins personally. I keep up on clean tanks. Good water quality and quarantine before adding to my tanks so I have not met diseases yet.
^^ That is what I am going off of to set up a brine shrimp hatching tank and I have all but the airstone.
Per Day I have looked at my summer schedule to spend 2 -3 hours with them. I am devoted to trying this and will spend more if necessary. If I start I will finish all the way and will not half do it. Animals are not things to just be toyed with I will have a job yes but I do not go out with friends much and this is becoming my new hobby. I have 2 other fish tanks not mentioned here. With Red Clawed Crabs, and Neon Tetras and I enjoy working with them and caring for them.
As far as what to expect, I know what I have been gathering just from videos and forums. I have been trying to find a breeder to discuss this stuff with so I am prepared and know what to expect.
And trust me I thank you greatly for you asking me these questions and making sure you believe I would be ready. Keep asking and critiqueing :]
Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:34 PM
The medications you should have on hand are Maroxy (optional. It is an antifungal that some people add a few drops of to their breeding tanks to prevent fungus on eggs), aquarium salt (you'll need this for your brine shrimp anyway), acriflavine/aquarisol(discontinued)/coppersafe(not to be used without a copper test kit)/other anti ich yet gentle medication - the most common fry problem is velvet which can be treated with a tank black out and any of these medications, and a broad spectrum antibiotic just in case. Most of these are just in case kind of things. When there is damage to your breeding fishes, you'll want to place them in nice and warm (80-84F) lightly salted (1/2 tsp per gallon) clean water. Change the water more often than usual during healing.
I use 2L soda bottles with the tops cut off for my brine shrimp hatcheries. I did a video of this awhile back, but it skipped a lot and was kinda bad. I'll make another one in the next week or two.
I'll later make a post of what to expect from spawns and what issues you might run into
Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:46 PM
And I shall trash the bettafix!!
Ok so question. I was thinking about setting up teh breeding tank about a week before I plan on introducing my male and female. Is that enough time? I do have test strips. And I have seen that many people breed in water that is only about 3 inches deep. I understand that, that makes it easier for the male to keep eggs in the nest. But I have also seen many contradicting statements about how long the male should be kept in the breeding tank after spawnig and the importance of eggs being returned tot eh nest if they fall out. A video on youtube made by thai ty betta said that if the eggs fall out and don't hatch they would not have hatched anyways.
Also, I see that your in Pittsburg, do you have an actual shop?
Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:52 PM
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