Betta Spawn Log : BSL20181105 : HMPK Super Red (M) x HMPK Super Red (M)

Another sibling pair we bought similar to breeding project, BSL20181005. We tends to get sibling pair so we can obtain the same colour as the parent Betta instead of mixing pair from different colours. Our previous breeding projects produce offspring with less than desire colours (as in like Rojak) as shown below.


For breeding Super Red Betta, this is our third breeding project. Breeding project BSL20180518, did produce good offspring, although the number obtained was way too small, roughly around eight and sadly no female Betta at all. Another breeding project BSL20180316, although the female was not a Super Red, did yield one (yes, just one) surviving Super Red. Worst still, it's a very small size male Betta.

What we hope for this breeding project? More female Bettas so we can continue our breeding project for coming generation.

Male: HMPK Super Red (M)
Age: 4+ months
Temperaments: Sluggish and slow.
Size: Medium (3.5cm body only)
Grade: C

When we first bought this male, the movement was quite sluggish and slow. Furthermore, the anal fin was long and caudal fin was not symmetry. Nevertheless, the body size was large and good.


Female: HMPK Super Red (M)
Age: 4+ months
Temperaments: Curious and active.
Size: Medium (3.0cm body only)
Grade: B

Nothing special about this female Betta. Just the body was quite thin and long.



Log Notes
2018-09-23
Bought this pair from the Betta farm.

2018-11-01
Start conditioning. We don't use the usual glass aquarium as breeding tank but a styrofoam box instead.  Reason being that we want to try different approach using different container. Furthermore, styrofoam box ensures both fishes will not be disturbed and keep the temperature stable.


2018-11-05
Mating happened and eggs were observed in the bubble nest.

2018-11-07
Some fries were seen swimming freely. Estimated that the this spawn was around 60-plus or more. Based on past experience, not all the fry will survive during these breeding period. As usual, the female was removed immediately.



2018-11-11 (1st week)
We've decided not to use leaving-father-with-fry method and removed the male Betta immediately once.

2018-11-18 (2nd week)
BBS feeding as usual. Growing rate were inconsistent among the fishes.

2018-11-25 (3rd week)
BBS feeding as usual. Growing rate were inconsistent among the fishes.

2018-12-02 (4th week)
Total fry count was around 30-plus, half of what observed initially in the first week.

2018-12-09 (5th week)
To increase the growth of these fishes, we decided to feed BBS twice per day.

2018-12-16 (6th week)
We continued to feed BBS twice on daily basis and slowly mixed BBS with to pellet (69% protein). Not all but some fishes started to eat pellet which we hope we can switch it over in coming weeks. Furthermore, we also siphoned more waste from the bottom of the container and 25% water changes.

2018-12-23 (7th week)
The fry started to notice and eat more pellet. Some already swam to the surface expecting food when we opened the lid of the container. Expected growth was quite behind at this week if checked against the Betta fish growth table. The largest was roughly around 1cm (body only).

Retrospection
1/ Pick a good quality male Betta if possible as it will save us more time instead of fixing any defect issues in multiple breeding projects. We can't find any so far and the only way for us was to breed as much as possible and select the best and continue fixing any defects in subsequent generation.

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