Betta Mating – Betta Breeding 101

March 14, 2013

Betta mating can be a hit or miss proposition unless you consult a great betta care guide, and do a few things to stack the odds in your favor. There are certain things you can do that will virtually guarantee that your betta mating endeavour is a success.

Betta Care Guide

Let’s take a look at how you can turn your male betta into the Don Juan of the undersea world, and your female fish into an irresistible Marilyn Monroe. Just as a nice dinner, ambience and dancing with someone who interests you greatly increase the odds of intimacy, your betta fish can be gently led to optimum breeding conditions.

1 – Dinner For Two

You can greatly enhance chances of fishy fooling around by increasing the amount of live foods in their diet. This change usually takes about two weeks to work. Hey, no respectable betta female will get busy after one date. Freeze-dried brine shrimp that are thawed out are perfect.

2 – Set The Mood

Everyone likes a cozy, low-light environment for some snuggling, and your aquatic admirers are no different. Betta do not like bright lights and act even more skittish to it when in the mood. Betta temperature should be set at 80 degrees for a cozy love nest. And when setting up a breeding tank, introduce the male betta first, so he can create the love shack of his dreams. Provide him with some floating plant cover for the creation of the bubble nest.

3 – Hit The Dance Floor

When the female is introduced to the betta mating tank, the two potential paramours will check each other out like the last two in a bar at 3 a.m. This does not guarantee anything though, and you will only know everything is copasetic if the male allows the female to approach him. If he allows this, the two lovebirds will then cavort about not unlike two flamenco dancers, and consummate their neptunial nuptials.

(When breeding betta fish, it is also much easier to be successful in your betta mating project if you use two bettas that have been raised together.) Congratulations, you are the perfect match-maker! Now get ready to remove the fry, and start all over. And always to to a great betta care guide when you want to breed betta fish.

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Betta Plant Selection – Top 5 Live Plants For Your Betta Tank

May 5, 2010

Betta Plant Selection – Top 5 Live Plants For Your Betta Tank

Betta plant selection provides an excellent opportunity for you to improve your betta’s lifestyle. All bettas live longer and fuller lives when they co-habitate with plants as opposed to in an empty tank. The right plants release much needed oxygen, and provided much needed cover for betta fry and betta females in a betta mating tank. Let’s take a look at the top 5 choices for your betta aquarium.

Betta plant #1 – Vallis
The best possible plant for your tank is the Vallisneria spiralis. Commonly called simply Vallis, it requires little light, and can survive in pretty much any climate. Very hardy, and able to live at temperatures as low as 59 degrees, it is the perfect plant for cover, refuge and building bubble nests.

Vallis and happy Betta fish

Vallis and happy Betta fish

Betta plant #2 – Amazon Sword
This plant is actually native to the Amazon River basin, and is very adaptable. It has long, flat sword like leaves extending from the root cluster. Bettas love it, but it does require planting in gravel, and fertilizing. This plant does an amazing job in breeding tanks with fry and betta females.

Betta plant #3 – Java Fern
This lush, green plant can be anchored in your gravel or rocks, and reaches up to the top of your tank. It lives well in uncirculated water, and has long “arms” wave and flow with the current. They thrive in low to medium light. Java moss is a variation, but be forewarned. It can grow out of control and actually take over your betta’s swimming area.

Betta plant #4 – Hornwort
Like the Java Fern, Hornwort is long and flowing. It does not need to be anchored, but when anchored in your substrate, it provides great cover for fry and females. Put the long, vertical hornwort in the back of your betta tank, and smaller plants up front for a visually appealing aquascape.

Betta plant #5 – Foxtail
If you can imagine a deep-rust colored fox’s tail, you know this plant! Tall and wavy, it adds a color variation to all the typical green plants in a betta tank. I like to alternate it with Java ferns with shorter Amazon swords in front.

Whatever plant you decide to use in your tank, make sure it does not infringe on your betta’s space. He needs room to grow, and providing him with a controlled betta plant environment that is good for breeding and oxygen creation will extend his life extensively.

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Betta Mating – The Bubble Nest Betta Way !

February 23, 2010

Betta mating at times seems to be a guaranteed outcome. Your bubble nest betta male has made his nest, the betta female is responding favorably to his amorous advances, and then nothing. What went wrong? Why was this betta mating endeavor a failure? Let’s see just what is needed for successful betta mating for the bubble nest betta.

1 – Size Does Matter!

If your betta mating efforts do not plan out, it may be because your male is too young or small to be a successful bubble nest betta dad. Keep in mind that he needs to be at least three and a half months old, and also at least an inch in length. So I guess size really does matter in the betta mating world. The male also needs to be larger than the female so he can wrap his body around hers in the breeding process.

2 – Drop the Betta Temperature to Heat Things Up!

Lowering the temperature of your betta tank from 80 degrees to a range from 76 – 78 degrees will heighten the chances of successful betta mating. Something about the lower betta temperature gets these fish ready to cuddle and snuggle, and is a prerequisite for the bubble nest betta to deliver fry.

3 – Pour on The Calories!

The betta mating process requires a lot of energy to be expended, so make sure you are feeding your fish extra for a week or two before you introduce them to your mating tank. Overfeeding can be deadly, as bettas can develop Betta Dropsy disease. Just slowly ramp up their feeding, and you will be fine.

4 – Separate Before You Consummate!

Your bubble nest betta male and betta female should be kept in different tanks, but next to each other so they can see each other. Keep an opaque board or sheet between the two tanks, and remove every two or three days and watch their behavior. If the betta female shows her vertical bars (a deep vertical striping on her body), her dorsal fin is erect, and looks in the direction of the male, she is ready.

5 – Blow Some Bubbles Daddy!

Everything at this point is a go, as long as the male has created a bubble nest in his tank. After the pair sees each other and seem to be getting after each other, he should start to create a nest of bubbles at the surface of his water.

6 – Introducing Mr and Mrs Bubble Nest Betta!

Now you are ready to introduce the pair to the spawning tank. Have some sort of structure in the tank so the betta female can hide from the male if she needs to. Introduce the female first, and put her behind a transparent barrier. Add the male, turn the heat to 81 – 82 degrees, and watch for the male to create his bubble nest. After he has done this, remove the barrier, and consider your betta mating a success.

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