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breeding bettas in a estalished heavily planted tank

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I do not plan on breeding nor do i have bettas. I would just like to know if it will work. Because i was think if its a heavily planted tank their would be natural orginizms living so the fry would have better chance to survive and be healthier. I know it would be harder to remove the male and female when its time to.I have bred bettas in th past and had a 90% survival rate, so i do know how to breed them already. if any one would like to imput their ideas/thoughts that would be great!
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well i did some reading and people actually use lettuce to help form the nesst cause infusoria grows around it feeding the fry when they are ready to eat.
I've had Betta smaragdina fry grow up in the same tank as the adults. I've also bred Pseudosphromenus dayi & Microctenopoma ansorgii (my avatar) the same way. I keep a thick covering of floating water sprite & a load of Java moss in the tank for the fry to shelter in. They must feed on microorganisms in the plants for the first week or two because I don't even see them until they're large enough to take BBS. B. smaragdina breeds just like B. splendens, although the male sometimes makes bubble nests in caves in addition to making them at the surface.


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it's plainly NOT going to happen with Betta splendens, the majority of bettas kept as pets.
You might get away with the wild species, but splendens need the tank to themselves for the most part because the male needs to make a bubble nest and the pair partake in quite the aggressive courtship ritual ;)
thank you mr. limpet, and umarnasir335 their obviously would only be plants and a bubble filter not other fish
There is one user on here who had a fully planted well established 40*I think it was this much* gallon who used that as a tank to spawn their bettas.

The betta babies where the only fish in the tank.. The threads around here somewhere,
thank you mr. limpet, and umarnasir335 their obviously would only be plants and a bubble filter not other fish
woops, i guess that's what i get for rushing my answer:redface:

The thing about a planted tank is that you will have substrate on the bottom.
When bettas breed, the male ends up catching the fertilized eggs dropping from the female, and a good amount do end up on the tank floor.
A male would have a harder time seeing the eggs with a tank with substrate on the bottom, that's why most breeders use a bare-bottom tank. If the eggs hatch on the floor, there is a good chance the fry wont be able to make it because with the bubble nest, they can absorb their yolk sacs more easily, especially with their dad's care.

Also, a bare bottom tank would be easier to clean during the first 1-3 crucial weeks the fry are growing. You will need to siphon debris from the bottom to prevent ammonia spikes, especially because fry only eat live food and any uneaten baby brine shrimp or microworms will foul the water quickly.
thanks guys and i will try to look for the post, I just dont see how their would be ammonia spikes cause their would be a bubble filter and the water column is already set and the filter, and the stuff that will fall to the bottom will be eatin by snails and stuff and biodegrade idk lol an thing is possible
It's possible, but as stated don't try this with domesticated B. Splendens! (Wild B. Splendens is fine, as are its kin...don't try the coccina or bellica complexes unless you want to push your tank's ph to 4 first). On the up side, though, a planted tank would have more food for the fry than a bare tank would.
im just wonering why wouldnt it work for regular betta splendens tho wild b. splendens and demeticated b. spledens wouldnt they have the same instinct wild or not??
Domesticated bettas have been bred for fighting for centuries...that is what I meant.
ohh lol i see i didnt know that imo thats stupid watching fish fight i guess people dont have better things to do lol
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