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Breeding Betta

the Thai way (2)

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by Atison Phumchoosri

        The eggs will hatch within 36 hours if the temperature is about 27ºCelcius. The fries live on their yolk sac for another 2-3 days and after this they need to be fed immediately. The male has completed his duty and it is time to take him out gently with your hand. The step you should do immediately after taking the male out is to feed the fries. I stress immediately because the fries of the first batch will be about 4 hours older than the fries of the last batch. The yolk sacs are gone and they need food right away. If you delay the feeding for another 4-5 hours, the first batch will become weaker and weaker until they can not move to get or catch food. They will die several days later of starvation. You will then ask yourself why they died even though you have fed them regularly. You become the first fries killer.

        I have developed, together with Ocean Nutrition, a special starter food to give to the fry which is called Atison's Betta Starter. The best is to feed them a very small quantity each time, twice a day. Avoid using live feed as this can contaminate the fry. In any case, the best is to use the starter feed as first food and abstain completely from live food: the starter food has everything the fry needs to grow. Do not mix live food and the starter food, as this will confuse the newborn fry.

        The spawning session is now completed. Hundreds of fries swim on the surface of the water. Was it easy?

        From now on is the thrilling moment of whether your fries will survive to adult size depending on 3 main things. One is Human being (yourself), second is nature (sun, wind and rain) and third is animal (insects and other small living creatures in the water)...

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