Betta Fish Tank Water Maintenance
This is another of the most important factors to get successfull on raising betta fish fry, maintain our betta fish tank water on good quality. We wanna try to explain some step that must we know about how to do that. Let’s read our tips bellow 🙂
Testing our water levels before, during, and after spawning will help we learn what’s happening in our betta tank, and will help we diagnose and pinpoint problems if we keep testing as the fry grow up. If we do not know what the nitrogen cycle and cycling our tank are, we should learn about that briefly because it’s very important to understand how to keep the bad things out of the tank, while keeping the good ones in! We can read here about cycling. We need to ensure that ammonia does not spike as this will kill off especially the most delicate fry. If we want to ensure survival, keep up good maintenance to keep this problem from occuring. The way to do so is either cycle our tank, or perform rigorous water maintenance from as early as the day we remove the male.
If we cycled our tank before spawning, we can simply start adding a gallon of new water (dechlorinated and same-temperature) to the tank each week until the tank gets full. By that time, the fry should be big enough for we to siphon off the bottom. We can’t siphon when they’re tiny with a regular siphon! If we do we’d better strain the water into a cup, and be prepared to extract them out with an eyedropper. 😛 Trust me, it’s a real pain and we don’t want to have to do this. Use a turkey baster to siphon out any big clumps or especially any uneaten food. For example if you attempt to powder some food and feed it to the tank but chunks make their way in, they’ll probably spoil and start to break down, so we’d have to remove those. (A cleanup crew could help eat it though! Keep reading for more on those later.)
If we did not cycle our tank, it’s critical to ensure that we add fresh water in order to counter the "bad" levels in the water (ammonia, nitrites) before they harm or kill our fry. This will be a problem if we don’t have half of an empty tank (now can we see why I so strongly suggest this?) 🙂 If this is the case we’re going to have to find a way to siphon some water out so we have room to pour fresh water in.
A note about same-temperature water. There are several ways to achieve this and it’s very important because adding water that’s cooler than your fry tank will give them temperature shock. Either have a reserve of fresh water somewhere with a heater or such set to the same temp, or you can float a gallon container full of water in the fry tank overnight. We have to be very careful not to set it on top of any fry when setting it down in the tank! Leave it there overnight then slowly pour the water into the tank.
Not overfeeding is another way to ensure you won’t have a lot of dead food later breaking down in the tank, and get our water on our betta fish tank on good quality, so our betta fry will grow with healthy 🙂