Breeding Problems

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Breeding Problems

Bettawhisperer
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24 Jun 2012, 16:48 #1

Is anyone else having problems breeding this year? I have 3 pair that I have tried off an on for about the last three months and I can't for the life of me get them to do anything. I've been breeding Bettas for about the past 4 years now and never ran across this quite to this extent. :crying What's going on?
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sonnyboy303
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25 Jun 2012, 00:05 #2

Have you tried checking your ph? Mine love it at 7
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Bettawhisperer
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25 Jun 2012, 01:20 #3

No I don't check Ph because I change there water twice a week with tape water and treatment.
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jeffegg2
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29 Jun 2012, 23:26 #4

I have three spawns this year, all doing great. I do rely heavily on the IAL however....

Jeff. :)
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Bettawhisperer
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30 Jun 2012, 00:05 #5

I have them but haven't used them in a long time. Their pretty old I guess I should get some new ones.
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DownSouthBettas
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08 Jul 2012, 03:54 #6

have you tried the 5 day live diet? I developed it for my older or hard to spawn breeders. I could get anything to breed lol....

day 1 - blood worms or black worms
day 2 - earthworms
day 3 - brine shrimp
day 4 - mosquito larvae
day 5 - wingless fruit flies

you can add beef heart into the mix or dried shrimp.

I have always had great success with this.


hope it helps!
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Bettawhisperer
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08 Jul 2012, 04:45 #7

I do use Bloodworms and BBS but don't have the others. Have always before had luck with the bloodworm as conditioning. Thanks for all the help. Just have to keep trying I guess. LOL
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halcorrigan
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08 Jul 2012, 15:18 #8

A couple other things to try -

pH - a drop in pH can trigger a spawn. I've triggered spawns by doing a water change with pH that's lower than their regular water. SLOWLY let the new water drip into the spawn container so you don't give them pH shock.

Temperature - warmth seems more conducive to spawning than cold. I know breeders who jack their temp up WELL OVER 86 to trigger a spawn.
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LoriSue
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25 Jul 2012, 14:50 #9

BW....Yes I have...4 failed spawns during all those lovely thunderstorms we just had. I am about to get an RO/DI unit. I do think it is our water.

I went through a bout of what looked/acted like columnaris but none of the treatments for it worked. I lost all my show males from last season, and one juvie (4 total). All my fish are kept in separate containers, water changed every 3 days if not daily. Three of them were related through the father, but one was totally unrelated. It only affected the males (and possibly one dt female...she was swabbed with PP).

You may need to go to a LFS and get RO water, or go to Walmart (or like) and get their "drinking water" I think.

Good luck!!!

(My last spawn was 5-31-12 with 3 living fry)

I live in Midlothian, Texas....Just southeast from you I think.
Not nearly enough tanks...not nearly enough room!

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Bettawhisperer
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25 Jul 2012, 15:12 #10

Lori we have an RO unit. Maybe I'll try mixing it with the treated tap water.
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LoriSue
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27 Jul 2012, 16:16 #11

I didn't change anything, but I got a spawn this morning. I fed White Worms and grindals (before my grindals crashed) for a few days...don't know if that helped. I want to spawn the girl again in about a week to my DT male that is her 1/2 brother.

Good Luck!!!
Not nearly enough tanks...not nearly enough room!

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gloriousbettas
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11 Aug 2012, 15:10 #12

Good to see some conversation on the board again!

I make IAL tea for my water, so I don't worry if the leafs are old or not. I have a teapot that exclusvie use is to make Indian Almond Leaf tea for fish water!

I use the IAL treated R/O water for all my fish; not just the spawn tank.

I am with Erma on using the live foods. I raise daphnia moina, walter worms and Vinegar Eels.
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Bettawhisperer
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11 Aug 2012, 15:30 #13

I'm confused as to why you would have to treat R/O water. R/O water is pure with nothing in it. That's the purpose of it. My son uses it also for his salt water tank and never treats it with anything. I used to use it for my Bettas also and never treated it. That's kind of like defeating the purpose of R/O water. In that case you might just as well use regular tap water and treat it.
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gloriousbettas
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11 Aug 2012, 17:38 #14

I just use Seachem Equilibrium to add back minerals to the R/O and all my tanks , even the few jars I use, have live plants. I also use the IAL in my water. This is just what I do but there are many ways to raise bettas.
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