Betta Spawn Log : BSL20180125 : HMPK Marble (M) x HMPK Blue (S)

Our next breeding project after the success of the Gold HMPK. We did so to compare to study and compare the male Betta behaviour in leaving the father with fry breeding method. Interestingly, both spawns

Male: HMPK Marble (Pinkish white with blue dots)
Age: 5+ months
Temperaments: Curious and chill.
Size: Medium (3.0cm body only)
Grade: B

Our first HMPK marble male Betta. Initially we bought him from local aquarium shop due to its slim and rectangular body size. We didn't realize that the male Betta was still a junior. As the male aged, the body shape grew to a normal HMPK size, an oval rounded shape around the head.

Female: HMPK Blue
Age: 3+ months
Temperaments: Aggresive
Size: Medium (2.5cm body only)
Grade: C

The same female Betta that we used for breeding after the failed first breeding spawn. Initially we thought it will not work, but surprisingly it did. Unfortunately, the female was one of the casuality due to Ich or white spot disease outbreak. Always quarantine your fishes before introduced to any community tanks.

Log Notes
Both male and female Bettas have been released into the breeding tank. The regular tagging and courting followed through. Initially we thought this spawn will not work as the female Betta have been used for other breeding spawn project. Hence, we left both fishes alone overnight to have more privacy to continue their breeding.

When the male Betta started to attack the female Betta, we assumed that the mating have completed. Surprisingly, when we saw the number of fry, we realized this spawn has the biggest number of fry, roughly around 200-plus. We were sharking our head on how to get more plastic jar and where to store these Betta after 2-plus months.

We were surprised that the total fry population have been reduced to 20-plus fry. There were two possible reasons, the male Betta have eaten quite a number of those fry or there was an infection where most of the weak fry have been infected and died. Googled answer suggested the former explanation. The next action was to remove much of the floating plants which gave us much more clearer view of the whole breeding tank. We also fed the male Betta more frequently or larger meal.

In order to increase the size of the fry, we've decided to change 50% of the water on daily basis and feed the fry 2 or 3 times per day.

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