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My girlfriend Marianne and I live in Urbana IllinoisFor several years I worked in a pet store but only dabbled with fish breeding We started breeding Bettas in June of 1994 What started as a pastime has now To the question How hard is it to breed Bettas Weseem to think that the most difficult parts are carefully watching the breeding couple from mating until the eggs hatch usually about 2-3 days and being diligent with live feeding of fry until they can eat other foods We generally introduce a pair on Thursdays by Monday night there are fry Of courseyou must be prepared to spend a lot of space and timeif you do want to raise young to adults Though I do not claim to know everything about thiswonderful hobby I thought some would like to know how our system works First let me describe the fishsOur breeders are kept in 2 12 gallon tanks withdividers Some are in Mason jars until ready to breedIve bought about 200 quart jars all at garage salesfor less than 10 Juvenile males are currently also living in one quart jars Fry are transferred to 5 1210 or 20 gallon tanks at around six weeks old Plantsare placed in most all containers This seems to keepthem from jumping out early on we had a couple ofsuicides stimulates practice bubble nests and givessmall fry a place to hide We use java fern the most but also find riccia and tiny watersprite and salvinia are useful Anacharis is good for the juveniles as wellWe are also trying giant duckweed All are easy to reproduce and deal with during water changes Temperature of the water ranges from 76-82 degrees fahrenheit Warmer temps do increase spawning activity and speed up egg hatching We havent monitored our PH in over a year so perhaps we are lucky the tap is slightly high We change all of the water in the quartjars once a
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