Betta Spawn Log : BSL20181005 : HMPK Super Yellow (S) x HMPK Super Yellow (S)

Another sibling pair we bought and this time, a super yellow pair. It's very hard to get a super yellow HMPK and moreover a pair. We're tired to look around for a super yellow HMPK and might as well bought a pair and breed on our own. The plan is to breeding multiple generations of Betta pair to create a lineage.

Male: HMPK Super Yellow (S)
Age: 3+ months
Temperaments: Curious and active.
Size: Small (3.0cm body only)
Grade: C

As you can see below, not a good grade and the fish is quite small in size. However, since SO like this male Betta, we decided to get this.

Female: HMPK Super Yellow (S)
Age: 3+ months
Temperaments: Curious and active.
Size: Small (3.0cm body only)
Grade: B

More nimble and aggressive than the male Betta. Probably the healthiest female we've seen so far.

Log Notes
We went to a Betta farm and bought this pair of super yellow HMPK siblings. SO was excited and always wanted to breed a true super yellow pair since the passing our yellow HMPK.

Conditioning process started but we put the pair of fish into separate jar but both can observe each other.

We put the female Betta in once we felt that the male Betta have already built a large bubble nest. Within hours, both fishes were seen mating. We removed the female Betta immediately after the male Betta was seen chasing it.

2018-10-06 (1st week)
Fry were swimming vertically and started to feed on BBS. SO decided to keep the male within the breeding tank since this male Betta were caring and not aggressive.

2018-10-13 (2nd week)
The fry were growing at expected rate and it's quite a big spawn, roughly estimated around 100-plus.

2018-10-20 (3rd week)
Few survived the outbreak (we're not sure the actual reason) but suspected that we may overfeed, forgot the feed it, or spooked the male Betta causing it to eat all the fry. Nevertheless, we took out the male Betta into its container and try to salvage the remaining fry, which was roughly around 10. We fear that the whole spawn will be wipe out, just like previous failed spawn.

2018-10-20 (4th week)
The remaining ten did not survive except just one fry, the alpha or largest among the group. We cleaned up the whole breeding tank and extracted the one and only fry to its own container. We now have a unique situation, first in our case where we have a spawn of one of all our breeding project.

2018-10-27 (5th week)
The one and only fry was doing well but growth was quite slow and limiting.

2018-11-03 (6th week)
Still surviving but the growth rate was not improving. We fed more BBS and the fry seemed to have taken it but still, growth was slow. Contrary to what we read, isn't a fry with plenty of spaces without any competition should grow quite fast and well?

2018-11-10 (7th week)
Maybe we're not changing the water frequently enough which leads to slow growth?

2018-11-10 (8th week)
The last surviving fry did not make it. Thus the conclusion of this breeding project.

1/ Our visit to the Betta farm reinforced that Indian Almond leaf is crucial to maintain a healthy Betta fish, especially for breeding.

2/ To be safe, do not keep the Betta male withing the spawn, especially for those hard to find pair. Remember to remove the Betta male as soon as the fry start to swim freely.

3/ If you still want to try the father-with-fry method, do it only for non-virgin female Betta. Best not to waste the eggs.

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