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I also lost one of my larger betta fry, Little Miss, who was also very unique. She was 2.5 months old, and died with a piec of defrosted bloodworm in her mouth. I assume that it was too big, and she wasn't able to swallow the rest of it without choking- which she did- not able to breathe because of the worm. I found her on the bottom of the tank, with the bloodworm piece sticking out of her mouth, eyes clouded over.
RIP Little Miss, and Mr. Blue.
I hope you're feeling a bit better, it's been a while since your loss, and that things have turned around into a happy upswing and maybe some other fry that you have survive?
Yep! Lost a bunch! Lost another today, and another fry 1 week ago. Every local fish keeper is having trouble with the bettas. Nobody knows if it is bad stock, or our HORRIBLE weather patterns. Large betta losses all around. Spawning is hard right now, and lots of bettas are sick. For ALL of us!! Very few successful spawns. 1 that I know of in the past 2 months. Out of all the breeders on this local forum. Too many losses right now. 4 that I know of on 1 local forum alone. And that is just today! 4 in 1 day. 4!!
It has been hard keeping fry for all of us too. I have 2- but most people don't have any at all- their spawns just aren't healthy. That or they are VERY small(20 hatch, usually 50-75% or them don't make it, and there are always weaker ones). It is the temperature fluctuations (in the air- affects them because they breathe this air), the low humidity, and massive air pressure changes. All have effects on them. It is horrible for all of us!
I cant wail until the summer! Always a good time for betta breeding, and very few losses.
Speaking of temperature changes, how do you keep the temperature stable for your fish? I have a "small" 20 gallon tank that fluctuates just a couple degrees, but my 2.5 gallon qt fluctuates more - maybe 3 or 4 degrees. Maybe tank size adds to the challenge?
With some considering a 5 gallon tank "very generous" for a betta maybe some creativity with heaters would help tighten up the fluctuations? Or do you already use larger tanks with dividers, or some other environment for your bettas that would keep the temperature pretty stable?
I'm not even sure how important keeping the temp within a degree or two is, but it must be very sad for you to be having such troubles. You haven't posted in a few weeks so maybe they're doing better - I hope so!
Lost another recently- but being a pet store betta I wouldn't be surprised if he was just a weaker one or something like that.
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