In today’s article, we’re going to be doing the second episode of How to Breed Bettas. Basically, we’ve bred our bettas. Now we were trying to breed two pairs. We only bred one so far, I’m still conditioning the other pair, which is like a blueberry koi pair, which is they look, really really cool.
We’re still conditioning them, but we’ve got a successful spawn. Now the male’s still taking care of the eggs and they’ve just started to hatch, so I’m going to quickly show you them and basically, I’m going to show you guys the whole process and basically when to remove the mail and we’re going to do the first feeding and then we’re going to take them up to a size where they’re taking baby brine, shrimp and they’re a little less finicky and then we’ll just do frequent updates on the babies.
Let’s go have a look at the egg: slash wiggler, babies, okay, and so here we are – and you guys know in the last episode how i was telling you he’s a terrible bubble nest builder. Well here is a perfect example of that now, as you guys can see, there is some eggs up here, but this guy is just a terrible, terrible bubble nest builder now most of the eggs have actually fallen to the bottom, which isn’t too much of a worry because he’s kind of moving them around.
Trying to put them back up and he’s just fighting an uphill battle at this point, so there’s just a bunch of these eggs down the bottom and it’s been about, I think, just over 24 hours. Maybe it’s about 36 hours since these guys were fertilized by him and they’ve just started to hatch. Now, you’re not going to be able to see that too well, but there’s one or two of these guys, which have started to hatch and I’m guessing within the next 12 hours.
They’ll all have hatch. Now, when that happens, I’m gonna remove the mail just because I mean he’s just really derpy and kind of sucks at doing his job, so we’re gonna do that most of the time, a lot of breeders will actually leave the mail in there for quite
A long time until they’ve done their first feeding and then they’ll take them away, but I’m just preferring to kind of like take him out and let the fry kind of sort out their own lives without him, because yeah he’s just not doing much work for these Eggs he’s really a terrible bubble: nest builder, okay, so it’s now the next morning and as you can see, all the fry are formed and there might be a little bit of egg yolk like sack left for them to absorb, but they’ve for the most part done All of that and they’re gonna be eating within the next 24 hours, I’m guessing.
So the male has pretty much finished. The job he’s done. A great job he’s put all of the fry back up in this nest. You can see them all. It’s actually quite amazing, seeing all this so they’re all up in here. There are a few like that, keep falling down here, but he’s done a really really good job at putting them all back up in the nest and keeping them organized, and making sure they stay out of trouble. So we’re going to remove him today and he’s going gonna go into a separate tank where he can get a little bit of food and you know heal up because this whole time he hasn’t been eating. So he can recover and we can then start to care for the fry.
Now, there’s just a ton of infusoria in this tank on that rotting leaf and in that java. Moss and I might go around to some of the other tanks and get some sponges and just chuck them in here because they’re going to be full of little microorganisms that this fry can eat but um. For the most part, the care of the fry is relatively easy as long as you do everything right. So let’s remove the mail and we’ll talk a little bit more about the fry all right, so we’ve removed the mail and now basically all we have to do is care for this fry.
So now I reckon within the next 24 hours as I said before, these guys will be taking some micro worms, but for the moment in time, they’re just too small and they’re still absorbing their yolk sac and learning how to swim horizontally. So they’re not going to be needing any food.
Now what I like to do and what I’ve been saying for this whole video series is using the big tank is really really beneficial because you can utilize it to culture infusoria without having to have an infusoria culture. So, culturing in physoya isn’t too difficult and if you want to give it a try, there’s plenty of videos on youtube where you can learn how to culture, infusoria and paramecium and stuff like that, which would be a really good first food for these guys. But when we have this much tank space and such a lengthy breeding process, tons of infasoria forms, naturally, so things like adding the Indian almond leaf, which you can see in the back.
There starts to decompose and it actually forms a ton of little microorganisms and things like that, which the fry then feed on also having things like this java moss, which has just tons and tons and tons of microorganisms on. It also helps – and you can’t see it up the back, but I’ve just added as well an old sponge from sponge filter into here, just because there’ll be just a ton of little infusoria on that as well. So these guys will go around the tank and they’ll feast on that until they’re big enough to start to take those micro worms.
But what I like to do is because the micro worms can survive for such a long time in the aquarium. I like to feed them as soon as possible because even if they don’t eat them, they’re going to eat the smaller ones and the bigger ones are just going to be ready for when they are a little bit bigger and they can graze on them. And you don’t have to worry too much about feeding them like four to five times a day, so not a hard process.
I’m gonna keep you guys updated with these fry over the next, however long until we can start to feed them, and then in the next episode, we’ll do more like intensive care on how to get these guys up to a size where they’re a little bit more hearty and less finicky so I’ll see you guys in a couple of days, so it’s another 24 hours later and these guys are all free-swimming now. So you can see the little tiny specks are actually so tiny that my iPhone camera can barely pick them up.
So it’s very hard to see them, but there are tons of these little tiny specks just throughout the tank. Now, what we’re going to do is we’re going to do our first feeding of micro worms, so I’ve explained microwaves. I said it probably earlier on in the video like it’s not complicated at all, so I’m gonna leave it up to you guys to find out about uh the microwaves in the other videos, but basically, we’re gonna do a feeding so we’re gonna see how they react to it. A lot of them won’t actually be able to fit some of the micro worms in because they’re, just so small, so all that java moss and that sponge up the back from a sponge filter.
It’s just going to be packed full of fusion for these guys to munch on for the next couple of days until they can take the microforms, but let’s go give them a feed if you’ve never seen a microworm culture. This is what it looks like. It’s basically a disgusting tub full of mashed potatoes, yeast things like that. There’s a whole video like i said, and basically, all these things on the side are little tiny worms and we’re going to scoop them up and we’re going to feed them to our little baby bettas, so that’s what’s going to be the first food for us and after this food we’re going to start to feed baby bettas alrighty.
So now we’ve got a bunch of tiny little micro alive swimming around the tank that the fish can eat. So you don’t want to go crazy overboard and just feed a ton of this stuff because it can start to fall up the water. So you want to be a little bit cautious with it, but really a lot of the stuff, like all these microwaves will stay alive for a very, very, very long time, underwater and they’re not going to foul up the water. So basically, these guys are now going to eat this up.
This is their first food and then uh they’ll probably eat this for the next week and then we can upgrade them on to some baby brine shrimp when they start to really put on some size. So that’s going to be pretty much it for this video in the next episode. We’re going to be growing them up a little bit more and getting them up to a decent size where they’re a little bit easier to take care of, and then from there on we’re going to do some updates on this batch of fry. Just so, you can see the whole process and the growth of these guys, and up yeah. That’s basically it so.