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Mvjnz
05-19-2009, 02:58 AM
My smaragdinas finally spawned this morning. I've had them since Feb and have been trying to get them to spawn. What finally triggered it was adding a new heater, lots of new plants, a new cave, and a sudden change in weather.

After they finished, I decided to check on my new HMPK-pair from Aquabid that I got 3 days ago. I'd put the female in the breeder net last night, and today she was trying to break through the netting and the male was showing off, so I let her out and within 5 minutes they were wrapping.

I was planning to wait a week while conditiong them, but she was egg bound and he built a bubblenest the first night, so I figured I'd try and it worked...

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Alfcea
05-19-2009, 03:02 AM
Good for you! Congratulations! Hard work does pay off, eh?

Gemini
05-19-2009, 03:06 AM
Woo Hoo that is soooo exciting!!!!! :19:

troy
05-19-2009, 03:06 AM
Great for you.thumbs2:

Mvjnz
05-19-2009, 05:15 AM
Thanks:)

In two days time I'll be overrun with fry:)

Mvjnz
05-20-2009, 01:55 PM
I have smaragdina fry, only 36 hours after spawning:)

The arrows in the photos point to some of the fry, 2 fry over each arrow. Must try to take some macroshots in daylight tomorrow..

This may mean that the splendens eggs are hatching too, but due to the splendens breeding tank being a plastic tub, I can't check on it until tomorrow morning.

Enki
05-20-2009, 01:56 PM
:19: great thumbs2:

Mvjnz
05-20-2009, 03:02 PM
A macroshot of 3 smaragdina fry I saw sitting at the glass:) they won't stay there long once the male discovers them, he's extremely attentive and spots any tiny movement outside the nest nearly instantly.

I checked the splendens male, and he does seem to be fussing more than usual under his nest, but it's too dark to check for fry until tomorrow...

Gemini
05-20-2009, 10:51 PM
Wow they are awesome photos!! Especially the last one of the 3 splenden! That is just the coolest!!! They are sooo teeny!!!:19:

Mvjnz
05-21-2009, 01:40 AM
Thanks:)

Yes, they are very tiny. I would estimate their total length at about 2 mm... o_O I counted about 40-50 this morning, which is an average amount for smaragdinas.

I checked the splendens eggs today and they have hatched. All the little black dots inside the cup are fry. I tried to count them and got to about 130, but they're kinda huddled together so it could be more...

Mvjnz
05-22-2009, 02:35 AM
The splendens fry are free swimming today, while the smaragdina fry who hatched a few hours earlier than them are still in the nest. The splendens fry have been given their first meal of mw, I think the dad had some too:) The dad is being left in for now, as he doesn't consider the babies food.

First two photos are of smaragdina fry, and the third is splendens fry.

Gayle
05-22-2009, 02:37 AM
Great pics!!!! I bet they will be really pretty!!!

Algenco
05-22-2009, 02:40 AM
cool!! keep us posted on their development

Gemini
05-22-2009, 03:54 AM
Cool! I can't believe you got pics of them!

Mvjnz
05-22-2009, 05:54 AM
The cup they spawned under is right behind the front glass, and so some fry are bound to end up at the glass regularly. Then I just put the cam on macro and get as close as possible:)

nzgirl
05-22-2009, 09:13 AM
Brilliant photos, congrats on the fry. I'm hoping to do the same with my splendens thumbs2:

Mvjnz
05-23-2009, 02:51 AM
Some new photos of the smaragdinafry today. They are free swimming, but still hanging out near the nest.

http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq296/Mvjnz/Bettas/IMG_7432.jpg

http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq296/Mvjnz/Bettas/IMG_7435.jpg

http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq296/Mvjnz/Bettas/IMG_7428.jpg

http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq296/Mvjnz/Bettas/IMG_7434.jpg

Gayle
05-23-2009, 02:57 AM
Great pics!!!! So what are you going to do with all of them? Do you sale them?

Mvjnz
05-23-2009, 03:19 AM
Thanks:)

Yes, I will sell most of them, but will keep a couple of males and a few females to continue breeding. I already have a waiting list of people who want pairs:) Still lots left tho (assuming most of them make it to adulthood) so any Aussies want any just let me know:)

Gayle
05-24-2009, 03:45 AM
They look so much like my Gourami fry when they were tiny..........I almost miss it!!!!! LOL

That is cool that you sale them! So how many do you have all together? LOL

Mvjnz
05-24-2009, 07:53 AM
About 50 smaragdina fry (but there are two females in the tank so I don't know how many will make it to adulthood, have lots of plants and javamoss they can hide in tho) and I counted 130 splendens fry just after they hatched, but don't know how many are left now, I don't expect all of them to make it, seeing as this is my first time breeding them.

Gayle
05-24-2009, 01:51 PM
Wow!!!! That is a bunch!!!! You must be doing something right!!!! LOL wish I lived in Australia I would buy a few!!

Mvjnz
05-24-2009, 02:18 PM
Yep, the size of the splendens spawn quite surprised me, I never expected that many:) Hope not too many of them are males...

In other news, I removed the splendens male from the breeding tank today. I never saw him harming the fry, but I thought there might be slightly fewer of them today than yesterday, so to be on the safe side I moved him. He seems to be very happy in his own little tank with a cave and lots of plants:)

Mvjnz
05-25-2009, 03:21 AM
Someone in a different forum asked for photos of the adult smaragdinas, so I thought I might as well post them here too.

This is the male:

http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq296/Mvjnz/Bettas/2009-02-15-smaragdina-2.jpg

http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq296/Mvjnz/Bettas/2009-02-16-smaragdina-6.jpg

http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq296/Mvjnz/Bettas/2009-02-16-smaragdina-7.jpg

And this is the female:

http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq296/Mvjnz/Bettas/IMG_6963.jpg

Mvjnz
05-25-2009, 07:15 AM
Some photos of 5 day old smaragdina fry:

http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq296/Mvjnz/Bettas/IMG_7471.jpg

http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq296/Mvjnz/Bettas/IMG_7473.jpg

http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq296/Mvjnz/Bettas/IMG_7475.jpg

Gemini
05-25-2009, 07:19 AM
Wow beautiful parents! ANd such tiny little fry!! I love fry!! Thanks for the update!!!!