Betta Spawn Log : BSL20180124 : HMPK Super Gold (M) x HMPK White (S)

Our third attempt to breed Betta fish. We found this super gold male Betta at a reasonable price and immediately mated it with a white female Betta. Most of the female were either recovery from Ich outbreak or not decent enough for breeding.

Male: HMPK Super Gold
Age: 3+ months
Temperaments: Curious and chill.
Size: Medium (3.0cm body only)
Grade: C

This super gold male Betta was the only male Betta that was gentle and really nice to its fry. Wish all the male Bettas were somehow similar to this one.

Female: HMPK White
Age: 3+ months
Temperaments: Moody child like.
Size: Medium (2.5cm body only)
Grade: C

The last two female Betta that survived that Ich outbreak. Since it's was ready to breed, we immediately put this female to the breeding tank.

Log Notes
Mating quite less than spectacular and not that aggressive. The male Betta already building a large bubble nest under the Indian Almond leaf.

One of the fry which was injured in the breeding tank. We took this one out and put it in a small container with Methylene Blue. Unfortunately, it didn't survive after we've put it back to the breeding tank. We thought once this little one can start to eat tiny pellet, it should be good enough to go back to the breeding tank.

Maybe we're overfeeding the Betta fishes? The young Bettas were growing just fine and average sizes were not much differences in the spawn.

Cleaned up the breeding tank and removed most of the Green Algae. Besides this, we've trimmed the root of the Amazon Frogbit and replaced 50% of the water in the tank together with half-glass of Indian Almond leaves extract. Furthermore, we've added a filter (finally). Overall the tank looks far more cleaner and both the male and the juvenile Betta looked happier.

Noticed that those young Bettas in the breeding tank were inactive and resting at the bottom of the tank. Our hunch told us maybe the water condition in the tank was at danger level. Hence, we replaced 60% of the water in the tank and added some aquarium salt. We also removed all those Amazon Frogbit but replaced fresh new ones from other breeding tank. Let see how it work out after some water changes.

The male Betta was too bloated and having difficulty swimming up to take a breath. We've decided to remove him from the breeding tank. This was due to our fault as we overfed the whole spawn and their was not much interesting stuff for the male Betta to do.

One of the juvenile Betta did not survive and have to be removed. We suspected this was due to drastic water changes or maybe over feeding.

Sad news. The male Betta did not surive. Found the fish was floating and no movement what so ever.

We jarred the male Bettas and moved all the female Bettas to the large tank which also contains fishes from BSL20171231. We considered that this spawning project have been completed.

Most recent update on the Betta of this spawn. These batch of Bettas are roughly 6-plus months old and most are still well alive. Some were given away as a present but we're not sure about their status. I doubt any beginner will manage or have time to take care of it well like we first started. As the photo below shown, this is not a good quality Betta as the gold colour of the male Betta have been diluted in the next generation.

1/ Do not overfed. Remember, remaining foods should be siphoned out ASAP, unless you have aquatic plants.

2/ Find a good pair of Betta fishes so you can or maybe have good quality offspring. The young Bettas we obtained were not really up to our taste and can be considered as rejected grade. Nevertheless, it's a good learning experiences.

3/ Constantly change water if possible, no matter how many percents and again, if possible, on daily basis.

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