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Would it be safe to put three female and one male betta in a container pond over the summer? I've kept females together, but never females + a male. Is this feasible in a 20gallon(ish) container, with lots of floating plants? Would they breed on their own? I have a beautiful pair of half moon bettas with really unique colors (and two normal female bettas) so I'd love to see if the'd do it on their own before I try the tradtional way.
 

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The resident bettas may go on a snacking spree with the fry, females may fight with the male, vice-versa, or each other. I would not jeopardize a beautiful pair, but if you could have some way to divide the pond, it's feasible. Also, the design of the pond. If it is kidney shaped, just a deep hole, shallow but wide, etc. should be taken into consideration. If you can breed your pair, then transfer the babies to the pond by themselves, you would have better luck. At least until they start fighting and boundary issues. I've raised partial spawns outside in a baby pool and totes successfully. Still had to sort and bring in before the frost.

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Domestic bettas are unpredictable (too many personalities) and were originally bred to be aggressive. The aggression can and will flare up whenever two or more bettas meet. When it's just females, they can usually sort things out and learn the social order without necessarily killing anyone. Males don't always have that restraint. Some females will also kill males if they feel like it.

If you want to breed, go the traditional route, but then allow the fry to grow up outdoors if temps are stable enough.

With most species of wild bettas, this wouldn't be a problem. :D
 

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I wouldn't try it in just 20gal (you'll also need to be very careful where to set up a 20gal outdoors that it won't get some really extreme temperature shifts), but over 50gal heavily planted might work with a single male and female.

Make sure they can't jump out; bettas will often jump when pursued.
 
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