Originally Posted by yaya10
Thank you very much for your reply.
A lot of the eggs did hatch today and I have removed those that have not. I am running a little experiment by keeping some of the larvae in a small floating container (in the tank) and some in the actual large tank. Male seems pretty pissed off showing tattered fins possibly fin rot which I understand can be pretty common after spawning. I don't think he liked being taken away from the nest.
As for feed for the larvae, from what I understand they can start on brine shrimp larvae right away? I have got some infusoria but not sure about the quality or contents so could potentially contain some nasty stuff.
Will keep you posted
Betta breeding can be rough for sure and I know some people use the Almond leaves to prevent any infections. I'm an old time breeder and just use medicated water after spawning to prevent any of the damaged fins from getting fungused or bacterial infections once the fish are removed from the spawning tank. (What can I say? Old dog, new tricks kinda stuff
As for the first food, there are 2 schools of thought on this: Infusoria, Live newly hatched brine shrimp. As for me, I breed with either a live plant or piece of lettuce (which is an inoculator of infusoria cultures) in the breeding tank. I have had fry start immediately on BBS but have also had fry too small for BBS so they needed infusoria for a few days to get them to size for BBS. I figured that this way, I was covered because I start feeding BBS the day after they become free swimming. The bigger fish would go for the shrimp leaving the smaller fish to the infusoria. (It must be working because I don't have as many losses this way.
Anyway, good luck and keep us posted. PM me if you have any questions