Most pet-lovers find breeding fish a relaxing hobby. Seeing the vivid yet relaxing colors of the fish refreshes stressed eyes and tired bodies. Because of this, betta fish breeding has been quickly gaining popularity among hobbyists and pet-lovers.
Breeding bettas is fairly easy because all you need to do is to acquire a ten-gallon aquarium and a pair of male and female fish. Once you get all of these, you may start conditioning the pair of bettas by giving them high-quality foods for two weeks straight before the breeding process starts. While you are preparing your fish pair for breeding, it is important that you clean first the tank where they will breed.
Your tank should be cleaned with warm water without detergent. You should add no more than six inches of water should be put into the tank before preparing the heater and sponge strainer. While warming up and before putting in the necessary bacteria starters for breeding and water conditioners, make sure you have followed specific directions for successful outcome in reproducing your first batch of betta fish.
After all the necessary steps, put first your male betta fish to the tank area first and let him get to know his surroundings first. The male betta fish should be the first into the tank because it is vital for him to get to know his new environment more and be comfortable with it. Once you have introduced the male fish to his tank, you may do the same for the female but make sure to keep them separated first by keeping a divider inside.
You have to carefully observe the activities of your betta fish pair before you can deem them ready for breeding and let them loose. The male betta fish is ready for breeding if his fins are unstoppable from moving while he makes a move to get to the female fish by forming bubble nests for their future offspring. If vertical bars start to appear on the female fish’ body, that’s the best time for her to breed.
The vertical lines on the female betta fish’ body are quite hard to find if you’re breeding light-colored fish so you should observe your fish well before you make the next step. If you have confirmed that your female betta fish is ready for breeding, you should release her after a day or two after she first came into the tank. It is best to release the female at this period to ensure good interaction between her and the male fish.
Once the fish pair meets, they will run around each other and “fight” which is their usual pre-reproduction interaction. Before mating, the fish pair will engage in a “dance” where the male fish will try to chase the female betta fish’ fins violently. After two days, the female betta fish will be ready to reproduce and she will approach the male fish submissively.
At this period, do not bother the fish as much as possible-even feeding them isn’t necessary while they are having “interaction” with each other. After this so-called “interaction”, the betta fish might appear to be motionless but this shouldn’t cause you to worry. In a short while, the female fish will expel all the eggs and after this, you should separate the fish pair again.
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