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04-09-2008, 04:04 PM
what size tank can we breed bettas in? 1/2 gal? 5 gal? 10 gal? does the size really matter?

04-09-2008, 05:06 PM
a 10 gives them plenty of room to run and hide if need be, but I wouldn't go any smaller than a 5.

04-09-2008, 06:05 PM
I use a 10g metaframe tank with a slate bottom. * The white eggs show up so much better on the gray slate.

Some breeders here in town use an opaque plastic shoe box. Just stick them in the dishwasher to clean & steralize.

I know some that use a 5 or 5.5g tank and some that use a 10g with a divider and breed 2 pair.

You need about 4" of water, a place to hide and a nest protector. * After they hatch you will need a sponge filter on low and a tank cover.

04-09-2008, 10:57 PM
I use a 10 gal tank filled 1/2 full for spawning.
that way the male doesn't have to swim as far to pick up fallen eggs or wayward fry.

the 10 gal is convinient because i can add water as the fry grow. By the time its time to move to a larger growout tank, the fry will be a decent size, large enough to net safely.
If you start out with a smaller tank, you'll have to keep transferring fry as they outgrow their smaller tanks.

07-07-2008, 06:10 PM
5 gallons is a perfect size to breed bettas in.

07-13-2008, 11:10 PM
For the past week I have had 5 pairs of bettas in spawn tanks (4 in 10g tanks / 1 young pair in a 5g)
Fish room at 82f, java moss, styrafoam nest protectors and nothing, not one small bubble nest.
May have something to do with no new weather fronts coming through.....
2 days ago I added a crushed almond leaf to each tank, still nothing.
Today I gave up and removed the white pair and the red pair but when I got to the pastel pair they had a huge bubble nest and it was full of eggs.
So I left the orange pair and the blue dragon pair in their tanks and crossed my fingers.

Guess I'll start some new microworm cultures tomorrow.
If anyone is interested, I could bring some to the HAS auction ???

07-24-2008, 09:45 PM
Is it okay to feed your bettas guppy fry if you don't have access to live brine shrimp? I was going to start a new topic, but I figured it would apply here. I want to breed my bettas again, but in College Station, no one has live brine shrimp and I'm way too busy (and live in a small apartment) to grow my own brine shrimp.

But, I just recently got some guppies from a friend that had too many (hah) and I was thinking that if I just let them breed and do their own thing that I could feed the fry to my bettas. Would that be okay?

07-25-2008, 01:54 AM
You can buy a hatch n'feed brine shrimp breeder or other types of brine shrimp breeders that are small.
They run about $20-$25....I run one on my tank. It's good for a treat.

Check ebay...there's nothing like live brine shrimp for your babies. *:D

07-25-2008, 11:13 AM
If they are large enough to eat guppy fry, they're probably about ready to start weaning to dry foods.

You can try microworms. They are cheap to obtain and you don't have to brew them everyday like BBS.

07-25-2008, 10:23 PM
Oh, I'm not talking about for the baby bettas, I'm talking about for the adults

07-29-2008, 02:37 PM
Mosquito Larva, skuds & Daphina are available in the local drainage streams, tubs & old tires.
Its not hard to raise some in your backyard.

Currently I am feeding my adult bettas frozen adult brine shrimp but I know a few breeders that feed newly hatched BBS.

07-30-2008, 04:17 PM
Is there something wrong with guppy feeders?

07-30-2008, 07:10 PM
Never tried guppies as I like my black & yellow cobras
but thats why I have a tank of endlers *:lol:

08-04-2008, 10:28 AM
With the low pressure cell moving in, now is the time to set up your betta spawn tanks. *
For some reason, storm fronts seam to trigger a breeding responce in bettas. *Survival instint ??
Lets make some lemonade from this lemon. * :lol:

08-04-2008, 04:31 PM
I have 7 spawn tanks set up, wish me luck *:emtthumbs:

Blue Butterfly x white
Blue Dragon pair
Yellow Dragon pair
Black/oranger x orange cambo
red pair
White pair
Pinapple x yellow

08-04-2008, 04:34 PM
Good luck Mr. Bob! *:D

08-05-2008, 01:12 AM
Good luck.

08-07-2008, 01:22 PM
well, if the storm did nothing else, it brought me a little magic http://content.sweetim.com/sim/cpie/emoticons/000201C8.gif


08-07-2008, 02:50 PM
Those fish are beautiful!

08-07-2008, 04:01 PM
With the low pressure cell moving in, now is the time to set up your betta spawn tanks. *
For some reason, storm fronts seam to trigger a breeding responce in bettas. *Survival instint ??
Lets make some lemonade from this lemon. * :lol:

I've read other accounts of this from fish breeders across the country. One zebra pleco breeder up in NY state has documented consistent spawns accompanying a low pressure fronts. His theory is that a low is usually accompanied by rain, which swells watersheds and washes food and nutrients into them. A few days to weeks later there is a bloom of planktonic critters and algaes for newly hatched fry to feed on.

His success with zebs, bns and farlowella cats is unreal.


08-07-2008, 06:57 PM
Those fish are beautiful!

I took all the Betta Judge training at the 2004 IBC Convention,
but I've never judged any except my own. http://content.sweetim.com/sim/cpie/emoticons/00020155.gif

08-08-2008, 10:47 PM
So far, so good !
I have black wiggly tails hanging down from the Orange nest & white wiggle tails hanging down from the Blue nest ? http://content.sweetim.com/sim/cpie/emoticons/0002005F.gif

10-14-2008, 08:11 AM
The Mother Nature gives and IKE takes away

IKE with the loss of power (air to my sponge filters) and my forced absence caused me to loose most of my A01 spawn and all of my B02 spawn
but Mother Nature has been kind to me on this rainy day. * :D


10-20-2008, 11:54 PM
Wow beautiful!

10-21-2008, 12:15 AM
PP awesome !!! *that is going to be some nice looking fish :)

10-21-2008, 12:24 AM
Good news, as I was tearing down the B02 spawn tank *(orange & black double tail) I found 4 fry (3/8") still alive. * http://content.sweetim.com/sim/cpie/emoticons/0002009D.gif

10-21-2008, 07:54 AM
Congrats! *:D

11-13-2008, 11:18 PM
Well I haven't been able to post these last two weeks because my keyboard cought a virus.
But with all the weather fronts moving in and our of the area, my bettas have been having an orgy. :D

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *My Betta Spawns (http://groups.msn.com/TheBettaHabariSocietyClub/2008spawns.msnw?albumlist=2)

11-14-2008, 08:53 AM
Cool! *:)

I started carding my betta imbellis pairs yesterday, and lastnight I went to check on them and one of the males wasn't in his jar. So, I looked around to see if I could find him then I looked over and saw him on the floor. He fell 3 feet to the ground and flaped on the ground another 3 feet. I put him in a 1 gallon tank with some stress coat, and today he is doing better.

11-14-2008, 12:18 PM
The closer they are to wild stock, the higher they jump.

Most jump when threatened or stressed. *
Turning the light on in a dark room has been a major cause.
Give them a night light (full moon)
most craft stores sell a plastic mesh for sewing type craft projects and it can be cut with sisors to fit your container.

It also makes it easier to do water changes, just hold the cover on and upend it over the sink and pour the water out
the mesh keeps the betta safe and then you can add new water without having to net them.
(do not shake like a salt shaker *:lol: )

11-14-2008, 12:21 PM
I went in there to check on him a few minutes ago and he is laying on the bottm of his tank again. What can I do to help him?

11-14-2008, 12:23 PM
clean water every day and stress coat with a bit of almond leaf to prevent infection.

11-14-2008, 12:41 PM
Okay I will go do that right now.

Thanks! *:)

11-14-2008, 02:35 PM
The closer they are to wild stock, the higher they jump.
My Macs can jump pretty high. :)

11-15-2008, 11:48 AM
how is your betta imbellis ?
Thought I should add that if you aren't already adding salt to the water you should use 1 tsp/gal and if you have some water soluable B12 that will also help him heal faster.

11-15-2008, 12:05 PM
I didn't add salt and he died. *:(

11-15-2008, 12:09 PM

11-15-2008, 12:28 PM
Thanks, everything happens for a reason.

12-03-2008, 09:05 AM
Imbellis male 1 and female 2 are in the spawning tank. Wish me luck.

01-03-2009, 02:01 PM
My marbled male veil tail and female veil tail spawned today! *:D

01-03-2009, 06:51 PM

01-05-2009, 04:21 PM
I now have fry. *:D

01-05-2009, 04:22 PM
:clap: *:dance: *8) *Great!

01-05-2009, 04:47 PM
Congrats!! :)

01-05-2009, 05:27 PM
As the first boxer to successfully breed bettas in
* * * * * * * * * *http://content.sweetim.com/sim/cpie/emoticons/00020348.gif
you win a pair of Platinum White show bettas from this spawn.
* * * * * * * * * http://content.sweetim.com/sim/cpie/emoticons/0002034A.gif

01-05-2009, 06:02 PM
Thanks everyone! *:D

01-29-2009, 09:24 AM
I had another spawn last night!

01-31-2009, 01:58 PM
Got fry.