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).

2018-12-30 (8th week)
Regular daily feeding and water changes.

2019-01-06 (9th week)
Regular daily feeding and water changes.

2019-01-13 (10th week)
Moved all fishes to glass aquarium with filtering so we can monitor it more closely and reduce unnecessary water changes on daily basis. We also started to jar a few selected larger juvenile fishes (around 2-plus cm) as these fishes were larger than most of the under-developed fish in the growing tank.


2019-01-20 (11th week)
Regular daily feeding and water changes. Notice that we have quite a lot of Cambodian, light or pink coloured body with strong red coloured fins. It seemed this is a common (see the observation by other breeder) and we have to be more patience and see how it work out in coming weeks.
The red color can be late to appear as well. Usually it starts with red streaks in the fins, until the fins are completely covered and the fish looks like a traditional cambodian. Then the body begins to redden, and I've found that the ones that begin reddening earliest end up with the most intense end color. Others will look like they are going to remain cambodian or turn into yellows, but then suddenly start coloring up. These are the ones that have the most satiny shade of red, but it is usually lighter than the 'ideal', and, in my case anyway, is evident of the cambodian gene at work. 
2019-01-27 (12th week)
More feeding and daily water changes as usual.

2019-02-03 (13th week)
More feeding and daily water changes as usual.

2019-02-10 (14th week)
More feeding and daily water changes as usual.

2019-02-17 (15th week)
The male Betta did not survived due to infection. We tried to breed the male with another female pink HM but didn't realized that the female was not fertilize with egg but was compromised with Dropsy. Jarred more juvenile fishes with full body colour as some were seen to have torn fins due to fighting. We also started to cull (move to another tank) some fishes with really small body sizes or abnormal body growth.

2019-02-24 (16th week)
Switched diet to frozen blood worms.

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.

2/ Do not breed the pair of fishes with other pair to prevent infection as the pair of fishes needs time to recover due to fatigue and stress of mating.

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