Breeding Betta Fish
Breeding betta fish can be quite fun and enjoyable but there are some factors that you should know before taking on the challenge.
Overall, bettas are a spectacular fish, with vibrant colors and graceful, flowing, long tails. In addition to their pleasing look, they are simple fish that do not require some of the elaborate set ups that other tropical fish need. From this standpoint, bettas make an excellent choice for keeping and breeding.
One commonly known quality of bettas is the reaction that you often see when two male bettas are placed in the same tank. Most often, they fight to the death, but if they don’t kill each other, one will often come away quite injured. Females, on the other hand, don’t need to be kept separate, as they are much more docile than the male bettas.
If you are considering breeding bettas, there are a number of things to keep in mind.
First, start with a good quality fish. In this regard, it is highly recommended that you do not get your bettas from a pet store. There are many reasons for this. First, if you purchase your bettas from the pet store, they are often unheathy. In order to get good results from breeding, you want to start with as healthy a pair as you can find.
Another reason not to buy bettas from pet stores are that they are often too old, and past the ideal breeding time. Since the lifespan of a betta is about 2 years old, you really can’t breed them past 14 months. However, the pet stores seem to carry older (larger) fish, since these are the most popular. Also, pet stores almost never carry the type of bettas that will yield any profit if you succesfully get fry from the pair.
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To begin the breeding process, select a young, health pair of bettas. Keep the male and female in separate tanks initially. When ready, place the female betta in the tank with the male. It is important to make sure the female is receptive. If she backs away and does not appear to be relaxed, remove the female and try again in a few days.
The male will begin building a nest, in preparation for spawning. Once the eggs have been fertilized, the pair will begin bringing the eggs to the nest by way of their mouths.
Once this is done, remove the female from the tank and feed her well and let her rest up. The process should not be repeated for a few weeks.
The male will continue to care for the eggs until they hatch and become free swimming (48 to 72 hours). At that time, you should remove the male and let him rest for a few weeks as well before trying another round again.
Breeding betta fish is fun and rewarding and will give you plenty of enjoyment!