Betta Spawn Log : BSL20181223 : HMPK Super Red (M) x HMPK Super Red (M)

The fourth breeding project for Super Red Betta and the continuity (the same pair) of the breeding project, BSL20181105 which was started almost two months ago. We hope to achieve two goals on this project. First, increase the number of Super Red Betta we have right now so we can have more pair to breed and fix in coming generations. Second, determine how many times a female can mate and breed. From what we read online (not scientific proven or we haven't found any literature on this yet), a female Betta can breed for three till six times.

After both male and female Betta was removed from the breeding container in BSL20181105, we put them next to each other and feed both fishes well. Furthermore, we placed both fishes into Indian Almond leaves water and regular water changes (siphoned the waste and 25% water replacement). You can said it was under constant conditioning for almost two months. When both fishes were making bubbles then we decided to proceed ahead.

One thing we observed was male Betta was under constant stress and succumbed to illness after we've separated it from the fry. Hence, we tried to create an stable condition for both pair, especially the male. Survival rate of the pair is as crucial as the fry.

Log Notes
2018-12-22
Since we have already conditioned this pair for almost a while (both already making bubbles), we just put two fishes into a large breeding container without separation and waiting for the male to make bubble nest.

2018-12-23 (1st week)
No bubble nest seen so we're assuming that both fishes were not ready to mate yet. However, yesterday was Dongzi Festival, which ended the raining season and weather became more sunny and windy.

2018-12-25
We're quite surprised that we saw some fry were swimming vertically. Immediately removed the female Betta and the fish was health and swam actively. We did not use fresh new water but instead water from the breeding container so that the fish won't be stress due to water hardness changes. We will remove the male after one week if the fry manage to survive that long. As shown below, the fry was barely visible but the male was busy picking them up to the bubble nest.


2018-12-30 (2nd week)
Male Betta was removed. The usual daily BBS feeding.

2019-01-06 (3rd week)
Daily BBS feeding.

2019-01-13 (4th week)
Daily BBS feeding. Some juvenile fishes were seemed to have grown. Not really a large spawn compare to previous spawn.

2019-01-20 (5th week)
Daily BBS feeding and first 50% water changes.

Retrospection
1/ We've read that a male Betta can mate with several female Betta within the span of few weeks. A healthy female, will need 7 to 14 days to ovulate eggs and it can breed three to six time in its life span. But this is scientifically unproven observation from other breeders we've read only.

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