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Old 10-30-2010, 05:37 PM   #1
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Female betta with ovipositor?


Would this mean shes ready to breed??



You can see it sticking out. Its been like this for 3 days. Is she ok?

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Old 10-30-2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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She's plump, so yeah she's ready. Usually another sign is vertical bars on her body but it's not possible to see in a white or blond betta.

Did she make those bubbles above her?

Don't introduce a male in the tank with her at first. Let them meet through a divider first.
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Old 10-30-2010, 06:53 PM   #3
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She looks fertile!
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:22 PM   #4
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Oh thats exciting!! I wanted to breed her, but i haven't got the male yet. How long will she stay like this? How long until the male and the female can breed?
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:32 PM   #5
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As long as she is fed well, she will stay that way.

Lower the water level and fill a glass mason jar with the tank water, put the female in the jar and lower the jar in the water. Let the male loose in the tank and when he is done building the nest (could take a day or three), release her, once they breed remove the female. Wait 3 days or until the male cannot control the fry, remove him. Feed the babies infusoria, once big enough then bbs
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Oh, thanks for the fast reply. It was very very helpful. I must get a male first. :/ Im hopefully getting one today. My females about an inch and a half do I need a male at least 2 inches?

Should I remove the gravel in the breeding tank as well?
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Bare bottom tank would be easy for clean up and for the dad to pick up the eggs, but isn't extremely necessary. Almost all male Betta's you can buy are old/big enough for breeding. Also turn off filtration/airstone, and slowly start adding water back once the fry are getting older. Another tip is to cut a styrofoam cup in half and float it on top of water, with tape holding it in place, He will most likely make the nest there.
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The big time breeders start their breeding at around 4 months old. Most fish at the store are at least that age to ensure good size and fins.

From what I understand, you do want the male to be bigger than the female.

Google some betta breeding tips; there's tons of info out there about it, and it can really help if you get caught in a tough spot and aren't sure what to do.

Another great food to give to fry is vinegar eels. They are stupid easy to culture and will help give your fry some variety.
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Old 10-30-2010, 09:33 PM   #9
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ultimatebettas.com has a big breeding section with articles and so forth. Do lots of reading before you get started!
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Bare bottom tank would be easy for clean up and for the dad to pick up the eggs, but isn't extremely necessary. Almost all male Betta's you can buy are old/big enough for breeding. Also turn off filtration/airstone, and slowly start adding water back once the fry are getting older. Another tip is to cut a styrofoam cup in half and float it on top of water, with tape holding it in place, He will most likely make the nest there.
Would I have to do many water changes with the young fry? And i shouldnt use a filter when breeding?
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Yes, lots of water changes to keep the tank clean and the babies healthy.
No, no filter during breeding- it'll disturb the bubble nest.

Before you breed, I'd really suggest reading a few different articles. Bettas are very time consuming to breed and raise properly to adulthood.
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:40 AM   #12
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Would you do water changes every day? How much water would I take out of a 10 gallon tank, if I cleaned it for the fry? Do I need a sponge filter when fry are free swimming? Do i remove the male when the fry are free swimming? Sorry to ask all these questions. Ive been doing my research though!
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I would start a sponge filter once they are free swimming, at a really slow rate, and slowly increase the bubbles throughout brooding. I wouldn't change too much water at a time. Maybe remove a half gallon, and replace with a gallon. As often as you see fit, until the tank is filled back up.

You will want to remove the male as soon as they are free swimming, because he will still try to put them back in the nest, and then he will go crazy trying to manage them, and eat them.
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I always kept a running air-driven filter, either a little corner box filter or a sponge filter, in both my spawning and my fry-raising tanks to keep the tanks cycled. I just kept the air turned way down low to minimize current and water surface disturbance. As long as I had floating plants for the male to make his nest in, the filter didn't bother the bubblenest.

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Old 10-31-2010, 03:33 PM   #15
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Alright, I think I understand it all now. She's a bit fat, but not to much anymore. Im not sure anymore if she has eggs. :/ The male is pretty agresive, I hope they would get along and not kill each other.

"Donít add water (yet). For the first month or so, donít add water level. Keep the tank where itís at (about 1/2 empty)."

( I found this on the web, Should I still do water changes when I need to anyway?)


Would hatching BBS be easy? For the fry's food? ( I didn't breed them yet, by the way)





Wouldn't they make a nice couple.
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