Black Betta – The Tiny Hermit Betta

April 9, 2010

Black Betta – The Tiny Hermit Betta
By Elizabeth Christopher

The Black Betta, one of the smallest betta splendens, reaching only 1.5 inches in length, is naturally found in Southeast Asia and Malaysia. This is the betta that started the myth that all bettas can live in nothing more than a puddle of water. While its small size and poor-water tolerance definitely aid its survival, not all bettas share these tendencies.

Mostly brown to black in color with dark green blue fins, the coloration of the male becomes more intense at the start of the betta mating period. This helps identify the sexes of the black betta. The male generally has larger dorsal and caudal fins as well.

Subsisting of fresh or packaged live foods of appropriate size in the aquarium as well as in the wild, the black betta is a very reclusive fish. Its small size and ability to live in very acidic water mean it tends toward high vegetation levels, and will not be as showy as other bettas. They like to hide under and around vegetation, with minimal light. A great betta plant is the water lily, or any other plant which congregates at the surface of the water.

Found naturally in shallow water in tropical forests, its occurrence is strongly influenced by rainfall, and this is where it has learned to heed high levels of acid due to leaf and plant decomposition over many generations.

Not generally the favorite of betta owners because of its hermit-like nature, the black betta is best kept in single pairs with much vegetation. The pH level should be kept at 5.0, and a great filtration device for this fish should use a peat filter to replicate their natural habitat.

These are bubble nest bettas, and the heavy plant presence allows them many places to raise their fry. Bubble nest bettas blow bubbles that have a mucus coating, and then rise to the surface to be trapped by plants of leaves. This creates a “bubble nest” for the betta fry, usually about forty eggs in one breeding, and the male betta plants the females eggs in this protective nest and guards them there. The male may even lose weight during the betta mating season due to his diligence in watching over his young, and passing on meals.

Black betta young prefer a diet of rotifers, infusoria or other similar tiny food items until they have been free-swimming for about a week. At this point, brine shrimp nauplii can be introduced.

The hermetic black betta grows slowly, and will probably not be able to breed until nine months of age. They are safe in the aquarium with their parents as long as there is plenty of plant cover to protect them, although the males will become territorial eventually, and all young fish should be removed at this time.

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Betta Nests – Mouth Brooder Or Bubble Nest Betta?

March 29, 2010

Betta Nests – Mouth Brooder Or Bubble Nest Betta

Betta nests are created by the male of the species. There are two types of betta breeders, and those are the mouth brooding betta and the bubble nest betta. These types of breeding are very different, so different nests are built. These two types of betta nests have many similarities and differences. How do you know which type you have? Let’s take a look at the beautiful betta’s nest building habits.

Bettas that build air-bubble nests on the bottom side of the surface of water do so when water conditions are not rapid. In nature, if a betta gives birth in a fast moving stream or lake, they will keep the brood in their mouth, since the bubble nest would easily be destroyed by water movement. In the betta aquarium, however, there is generally not rapidly moving water, so the male betta will suck air into his mouth and attach a layer of saliva to this air. He then blows the bubbles out and they cling to the surface of the water. When the fry are produced, the male moves them to this nest, and will protect it aggressively, even against his partner.

Make sure that you have some surface plants for these bubbles to cling to should your male betta decide to go this route.

If the male betta feels threatened, or feels that the water is moving too rapidly, he will take the brood into his mouth, and hold them there for 7 to 10 days for the fry to develop. The bubble nest betta male may not eat during this entire time, and could begin to look sickly and thin. This is normal behavior for these fish when making betta nests. A dead giveaway that this is the case is that the male will generally back into a cave, or huddle at the surface of the water, with the female guarding him.

Regardless which of the betta nests your fish employs, a tight fitting cover or plastic wrap should be fitted over the tank to keep any cold air from reaching the surface. A warmer betta temperature is a must for healthy growth. If when the fry are young, they receive any cold air when they swim to the top of their aquarium, they can catch pneumonia and die.

These are just a few of the steps to take when breeding bettas, and an in-depth betta care manual should be kept on hands at all times to handle any eventuality.

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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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Elizabeth here.
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For a limited time, if you use this special link …
http://www.GodzillaFish.info
you will receive this amazing Betta Care Guide
at a special price, and
4 FREE bonuses.

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1 – Betta Care Guide – regular price $19.77 – sale price $14.77
Already over 970 happy customers. (I personally value this guide at over $100, it is that good.)

2 – Medicine Checklist – regular price $4.95 – sale price FREE!
A list of products to keep in your Betta medicine chest. A must have.

3 – Online Shopping Checklist – regular price $4.95 – sale price FREE!
A list of the best places to shop online for Betta supplies.

4 – Aquarium Checklist – regular price $4.95 – sale price FREE!
A complete list of all of the items you need to start and run your Betta aquarium the right way.

5 – Specific Offers and Reviews – regular price $4.95 – sale price FREE!

This is a $39.57 value … and you can get it today for only $14.77.
That’s about the cost of two betta fish (or one nice one!).

Adam is allowing this special offer to go to only the
NEXT 50 36 buyers who use this special link … http://www.GodzillaFish.info

This is the same course I refer to every day, and I know it can help enrich your life and the lives of your beautiful bettas.

Elizabeth

P.S.
When you get the course, let me know
what you think and I will post
your input here!

ElizabethChristopher@BettaFacts.info