Betta splendens are excellent fish to breed, either for fun or profit. Raising the betta fry isn’t always an easy task for beginners who don’t have a lot of experience with baby fish in general.
There are a few basic tips that can be used to increase your chance of success with baby bettas. The first is to have clean water. Professional betta breeders have been known to change the water in their growout tanks every day. This removes fish wastes and hormones and helps the betta fish fry have more pristine aquarium conditions. With clean water, young fish grow faster. Daily water changes aren’t always easy to do, so I recommend you change your water every 3 to 4 days (aim for a 50% water change).
A second tip to remember is to have a variety of foods, mostly live foods if possible. Some live fish foods that are perfect for young Siamese fighting fish are baby brine shrimp, microworms, grindal worms, and whiteworms. These betta foods should be fed three or more times per day to ensure that there is always food available for your betta fry. These foods vary in size so remember that as your fish get bigger so should the size of their foods. Once your fish are big enough to eat flake and pellets, these can be mixed into their diet as well.
If you remember these two tips, your chances of raising baby bettas to adult size will be drastically improved. These tips, and many more, can be found in the book “Taking the Mystery out of Betta Breeding”.
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