Betta Spawn Log : BSL20171210 : HMPK Marble (M) x HMPK Blue (S)

Our actual first Betta breeding project. So naive and so many mistakes made.

Male: HMPK Marble (M)
Age: 4+ months
Temperaments: Aggressive and majestic
Size: Small (3.0cm body only)
Grade: B

Despite the lack of colour formation, this male Betta was aggressive and majestic. Compare to other HMPK we have, the way it swam was quite different. It was patrolling the tank and protecting its territory. One thing we like was the body shape. It has large body head and slim caudal peduncle (near the tail). Note there was an issue with the colour of the photo shown below. This was a blue marble instead of purple marble.

Male: HMPK Marble (S)
Age: 3+ months
Temperaments: Active
Size: Small (2.5cm body only)
Grade: B

Nothing special about this female. Just a typical active female.

Log Notes
Saw some eggs in the bubble nest. We assumed the pair have mated.

The fry were seen swimming vertically. The male Betta was busy picking up the fry and relocating them back to the bubble nest.

We did not have BBS around and try to feed the fry with ground powder but we don't think this was working. Unfortunately, the fry did not survive.

1/ Before breeding, make sure you've proper food for fry ready like BBS. The whole spawn was wiped out due to hungry. Small pellet was not suitable as fry only eat anything that move. Even so, we should have try egg yolk instead.

2/ If the first pair did not mate, do not put in another female immediately. Let the male rest a bit. By doing so, we may contaminate the breeding tank and that was probably causing unnecessary stress to the male Betta leading to infection and subsequently, his death.

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