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squirt_12
09-16-2007, 02:04 PM
ok well i have everything essential to breeding my bettas. And i was just wondering if there was a natural pigmant that i can get from around my house that will enduce breeding???

Also can my 2 bettas (1male,1female) eat a fedder guppy??? and will that help?

gm72
09-16-2007, 02:44 PM
A pigment to induce breeding? I don't understand the question.

Your bettas won't eat the feeder but it will stress the male out.

squirt_12
09-16-2007, 02:54 PM
pigmant....as in something outside (or from around my house) that i can put into the tank that will enduce them to breed.????

cocoa_pleco
09-16-2007, 04:22 PM
i think its that banana leaf that you can get off of ebay that induces it

squirt_12
09-16-2007, 04:28 PM
o...ok then....like their isn't like any black water extract that i can put into the tank that will do that? or no?

Algenco
09-16-2007, 04:47 PM
A well conditioned female is all that needed to induce spawning

squirt_12
09-16-2007, 05:37 PM
ok...well my female...i have had for about.....a month and i have fed her betta flakes, frozen brine shrimp, frozen blood worms and earth worms. Right now she has a big belly and her white tub is showing. Would this be a well conditioned female betta???????

P.S.
I have fed the male the same things. lol.

squirt_12
09-16-2007, 05:59 PM
ok....i took my female betta and put her into a cup (fairly large) and put that cup into the breeding tank (and taped it to the side so it wouldn't move) and well as soon as i did that the male sorta got excited and was flaring and showing off and well then i left. So i go back upstairs to the tank about 10-20 minutes later and he already has a fairly large bubblenest made. Would this be because he is ready to spawn??????

Also the female is showing her stripes. (the ones for breeding) lol

gm72
09-16-2007, 06:02 PM
NICE! You got it right! Let the lovin' begin! :l9:

squirt_12
09-16-2007, 06:07 PM
ok well....how long do i wait before actually releasing the female in the tank with the male???

gm72
09-16-2007, 06:10 PM
Let her go now.

squirt_12
09-16-2007, 06:14 PM
even though his bubble nest is not fully done?????

And how long will the process actually take??

gm72
09-16-2007, 06:21 PM
He'll finish the bubble nest, no worries there. The process will take as long as it takes. Mating pairs differ sometimes.

squirt_12
09-16-2007, 06:21 PM
o ok thanks. Well i will go and release them right now and then i wil update you on how they are doing.

gm72
09-16-2007, 06:24 PM
Just watch them carefully and you'll be fine.

Think about how they do this in nature. No one is there to separate them until he is done with the nest. He is just posturing that he is ready!

squirt_12
09-16-2007, 06:29 PM
ok well i added them together and the first thing that happened was that the male starting chasing the female and nipping at her. but i know that i have to be patient and just wait but like i don't want him to hurt her.

squirt_12
09-16-2007, 06:39 PM
ok now the male is still chasing her but he is totally ignoring to build his nest....his is so distracted by the female that he is totally forgeting to build his nest.

I don't know what to do.

gm72
09-16-2007, 06:50 PM
Just be patient, all is well.

squirt_12
09-16-2007, 06:55 PM
yes....yes...yes...i am trying to tell myself that it is right....you are right gm. Ok well i just was upstairs in my room watching them for about 10 minutes and now he is ignoring her and working like crazy on the nest.

So i am going to calm down now and just let them be.

Thanks for sticking with me this far and giving me all of this help.


P.S.
How can you tell if they have spawned??? becasue like what if it happens over night???? i wouldn't know if they did or not. Thanks once again.

gm72
09-16-2007, 06:59 PM
Here, check this out--

http://www.bettatalk.com/how_bettas_spawn.htm

I'm so excited for you!

squirt_12
09-16-2007, 07:15 PM
thanks gm. Yeah i am excited for myself too. lol. I hope that it all goes well and i will keep you posted all the way through it.

Well right now his nest is getting bigger and the female is sorta just in the corner and her bars are a very very dark black now. lol (dark dark black lmao) and well i hope that they actually spawn!!!! :)

squirt_12
09-16-2007, 11:11 PM
it's not looking too good. my male has a nice bubble nest but....my female is pretty battered up.... :(. SHould i still leave them in there?? they have only been in there together for about.....6 hours. Cause i really want them to spawn and well i don't know if i should leave them in there or take them apart from each other.:confused:

What should i do????????

EDIT- by battered up i mean torn fins...thats all.

gm72
09-16-2007, 11:41 PM
I would let nature take its course.

squirt_12
09-16-2007, 11:51 PM
ok....but if she is like really not looking good...like almost dieing not loking good....then should i take her out???? Because i do not want her to die.

MeganL3985
09-17-2007, 12:27 AM
I would say for the sake of the fish take her out, I would never want my fish to get beat up to the point of death over spawning.

squirt_12
09-17-2007, 12:30 AM
yeah thats what i was thinking Megan but i am going to leave them in there over night and see how they do. Well it is 8:30 p.m. on sunday....so i will take her out tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. if she is doing bad.

but i think that the male is only doing this because he is still working on his bubble nest.

zackish
09-17-2007, 12:34 AM
I think it was like 2 days before I started to see some eggs falling from the nest after I bread my bettas.

squirt_12
09-17-2007, 12:56 AM
o ok......thanks everybody for all of the help and tips. thumbs2:

squirt_12
09-17-2007, 07:12 PM
ok....so well my breed was unsuccesfull and i will just say that he female is pretty torn up. So well i will not try this pair ever again. :(

What i am thinking of doing is buying about 2-4 females and 2-4 males and leting them pair up and trying all of them. And if they don't work well then i will just have some bettas. So i think that that is what i am going to do. :D

Buppy
10-07-2007, 04:33 AM
good choice

squirt_12
10-07-2007, 02:56 PM
good choice
Well, bettafish, i tried that same pair again and this time they did spawn. right early in the morning too. I was so excited when i saw them wraping.