I am going to try my hand at betta breeding just once to try it out. It might end up being a one time thing, or maybe I'll like it so much I'll have to get my own fish room some day (emphasis on the futuristic some day). ;D Anyway, I've been read quite a bit, here and elsewhere, but I still have a lot of questions. 1. How do you keep your bettas from getting constipated while conditioning them for the spawn? Is there a special method that is different from an ordinary basis, when not conditioning them? 2. Is a 30 gallon tank too big to use as a spawning tank? I wanted to use it as an all-in-one kind of thing for spawning and grow out, if that's possible. (?) Could I divide it and only use one side? 3. Can I use duckweed as a spawning medium instead of a styrofoam cup? How about in the grow out tank with the fry? I thought it would help with keeping ammonia/nitrites/nitrates down until it's safe to use a filter (I don't have a sponge filter). I don't plan on using it as an excuse to shirk on water changes. 4. Is it necessary for egg/fry development to have a nuetral pH? What about in the spawning tank? My water is 8.2 and I am afraid of shocking the fry whenever I switch to the higher pH water so I want to know if I can just use my local water for the whole process. If not, at what age would it be safe to start adjusting them to the higher pH? Hmm, well, Im sure I'll think of more questions later. Thanks in advance!