This 7 day old betta fish fry is swimming around it's breeding tank looking for some brine shrimp to eat. At this stage betta fry need plenty of foilage cover.
2009-06-26T22:31:08.396-04:00Some serious research is needed before you start breeding betta fish, not only how to breed betta fish but where to buy a female betta fish for breeding. Most pet stores don't carry female bettas, because they tend to be less colorful and showy than the males and most people are looking for a nice pet, not a breeding betta hobby. First research local stores, hand picking a healthy female betta and bringing it home yourself is the best so you do not stress the fish. You can also find online pet stores that deliver female bettas for breeding but the shipping process can be quite stressful.
2008-12-08T03:48:01.071-05:00People tend to think of all Betta fish as the same but there are over 10 groups of Betta species and more than 42 individual kinds of Bettas. The importance of the little differences between these different Bettas are much more apparent when you try to breed your Betta fish. For example male "Bubblenesters" (which include Splendens, Bellica and Coccina) create a nest of bubbles to support the eggs and the males are more aggressive. Male "Mouthbrooders" get their name because they carry the eggs in their throat and are not as aggressive. More Betta Fish Breeding and Care Tips
2008-08-22T15:02:25.819-04:00Some interesting facts about the history of breeding betta fish:
2007-12-12T00:25:19.743-05:00I was surprised to see a story about betta fish on the “Advances in Physiology Education” website. It seems male betta fish are “an attractive model for the study of aggressive behavior” and the study finds that in the male Betta splendens given Prozac, that the small dose of Prozac was “sufficient to reduce the expression of specific aggressive behaviors”. Here is the article ----> http://advan.physiology.org/cgi/content/abstract/31/4/358
2007-09-24T01:48:00.747-04:00· Whenever possible use live plants when breeding your betta fish as they contain food for you baby Betta fry as well as a place to hide.
2007-08-07T07:24:00.175-04:00Most people first start breeding betta fish to see the breeding process themselves and see if they can do it. There are some people who breed betta fish solely to sell them but most got addicted after successfully breed their first batch of betta fry and sell their betta fish to support their habit! You see, a bettas color depends on its parents, so it becomes very addicting trying to match a male betta and a female betta with just the right coloring to complement each other.
2007-06-28T05:41:39.588-04:00In the wild Betta fish subsist almost exclusively on insects and insect larvae, they even have an upturned mouth that is well suited to snatching any unsuspecting insect that might fall into the water. Internally a bettas digestive system is geared for meat, and for this reason, live foods are the ideal diet for the betta, however they will adapt to eating flake foods and frozen and freeze dried foods. Brine shrimp, Daphnia, tubifex, glassworms and plankton are all excellent options that may be found frozen or freeze dried. If flake food is fed, it should be supplemented with frozen and freeze-dried foods, and when possible live foods.
2007-04-26T07:00:36.950-04:00How would you like to learn the secrets to keeping and breeding betta fish? These techniques will give you the most colorful, healthy and active fish you have ever seen.
2007-03-30T04:43:40.613-04:00When you decide to breed your Betta Fish, the first step is to make sure you are ready. It will take time, money, space for around fifty jars to separate males, a secure pond with no other fish and a good level of experience caring for Bettas already.Presuming the answer is yes; the next step is to obtain a female. This can be difficult, as few stores sell them. Once you have both, don’t leave them in the same tank. Start with cheap Bettas, to avoid wasting lots of money. Later on, after you become an expert, you can try to breed your own masterpieces. Look for fish with some energy to increase the chances of spawning. The chosen fish should be between seven and eighteen months old, and a spare pair just in case is also a wise precaution.Prepare the mating tank, ten gallons is about right. Don’t add much decorations or gravel, but some large leafed plants will help the female hide from the male. The temperature should be around eighty degrees and the depth about six inches until the fry, or baby fish, begin swimming. Normally, you wouldn’t worry about air filtration with Bettas, but the fry will require it. However, they cannot handle a powerful filter. The old-fashioned box type, powered by an air pump is best, and the carbon filter that came with the pump is not acceptable. Instead, use floss or sponges. This is to avoid bad reactions between the carbon and an anti-fungal treatment. It is wise to let the pump operate through a complete cycle before fish are exposed to it to allow bacteria to grow.Begin feeding the fish high quality food. One breeder recommends the following sequence: BettaMin, Freeze Dried Blood Worms, some live or frozen brine shrimp, then a few live Black Worms. Others swear by tubifex worms and other combinations. Do not overfeed, as this will still force you to clean the tank and replace the water more often. Change twenty percent of the water in each tank each day to help prevent this and encourage the fish to get ready to breed. The male should be in the breeding tank, and should be able to see the female in her tank. He should begin to build a bubble nest.With the high quality food, the female should begin to plump up as eggs are produced. With lighter colored breeds you can sometimes see the eggs, and the fish should produce horizontal stripes when ready. If that isn’t showing, look near the anal fin for a white gravid tube. If this is showing, she is ready.Now comes the key moment. Plan for at least an hour when you can be present to supervise. Put the female in the water with the male. There can be some rough treatment, including some mutual fin nipping or even worse behavior. If it gets too rough, remove the female and plan to wait a few days to let her recover, but if you don’t give them a chance, there won’t ever be any fry. If all goes well, they will conduct what is called an embrace, and she will produce eggs under the bubble nest. He will fertilize them and begin to care for the eggs. The female should be removed now, lest she become fish food.For the next two days, the male will keep the eggs cleaned and in the bubble nest, recovering any that fall. Then come the fry. For about thirty-six hours, they’ll be unable to move out of the tank. Around two days after hatching, the first fry will begin to swim without help. At this point, remove the male fish lest the fry become fish food. A day after the fry hatch, they need their first feeding, and baby brine shrimp, daphnia, microworms, or liquid fry food for egg layers are good choices. They’ll need feeding up to five times a day.Now comes the hard part. Many experienced breeders say this can only be done in a suitable pond. The temperature must be[...]
2007-02-23T07:46:52.981-05:00About 36 hours after the breeding process and the betta fish eggs are put in the bubble nest, the fry will begin to hatch. Feed the fry baby brine shrimp, daphnia or microworms 24 hours after they hatch and remove the male betta once the fry are free swimming. You will need to feed the fry about every 6 hours or 4 times a day (the extra feedings mean extra water changes too). Once the fry are about ¼ of an inch in length, you can grind adult betta fish food into a fine powder and feed it to the fry. When the fry are around 4 weeks of age you will be able to tell which tiny betta fish are males, so have jars ready before the male bettas start flaring at one another.
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2006-11-14T20:43:36.783-05:00Here is a new article with great tips on breeding betta fish:Betta splendens is one of the most wanted fish in everyone's aquarium. Breeding Bettas is not hard, though you might face problems at spawning them. They are oviparous fish, the male builds a nest in which the eggs/fry are kept for few days under the strict care of the Betta male.If you follow the next advices, you have big chances to get nice results of your Betta fish spawning.1. Reproduction tank equipment: volume of 15-20 liters, a heater, a thermometer and air pomp connected to an air rock which will spread small bubbles. You need small bubbles because the fry are very sensitive to water movements and you don't want them to suffer.2. The aquarium water must have a temperature of 28-29° C, a higher temperature will hurry the eggs hatching and the fry won't be fully developed. Keep the temperature constant using the heater and check it with the thermometer to make sure it is at the right level.3. The water depth mustn't excel 10-15 cm because the Betta eggs are denser than water and they fall down from the nest. The male picks them up in its mouth and brings them back in the bubble nest, but a water column over 15 cm will tire it after few repetitions.4. Cover the reproduction aquarium with a lid in order to keep the same temperature for the air inside the aquarium. The fry develop their labyrinth after about 30 days and they are very sensitive to temperature changes. The lid also protects against air flow which could ruin the bubble nest.5. Select a compatible pair of Bettas. At first attempts you'll only want to get some fry and you won't be interested in colors/fins, but after some successful spawns you'll be more pretentious. So you'll chose same colored Bettas or even more, you'll look for developing some nice fins (double tails, crown tails, half moons, etc) but this is another discussion...6. Introduce the male in the evening and only next morning introduce the female, considering that the male has already built the bubble nest. During the night keep the female in a jar near the aquarium and assure some light in order to make eye contact between the male and female; this will stimulate the bubble nest building.7. The next day, after introducing the female, the Betta male will brutally chase her. That's why you have to put some plants in the corners of the aquarium in order to assure hiding places for the female. Also make sure you add some floating plants in order to help the bubble nest building.8. After the first successful egg evacuation, the male (sometimes the female too) will take them (in the mouth) from the bottom of the aquarium and bring up in the bubble nest. You don't have to panic because this is a natural thing, so don't take the fish out thinking they eat their eggs ;)9. A good pair of Bettas can spawn up to 400-500 eggs, after which the female has to be taken out from the aquarium because the male will brutalize her in order to protect the nest. Put the female, for a few hours, in a jar with water where you added some metilen blue in order to prevent eventually infections caused by the wounds.10. After about 48 hours the fry will hatch and the Betta male will assure they stay together in the bubble nest. After another 2-3 days the fry will swim free. Now it's time to take out the male and start feeding them with Paramecium and/or Artemia salina (Baby Brine Shrimp).This is it ;) 10 tips for a successful Betta splendens reproduction. You can find advanced information on specialized websites, books, etc, but following this article should familiarize you with the Betta splendens rep[...]
2006-10-24T03:01:42.666-04:00Breeding fish can be quite complicated, but these basics for breeding your Betta fish should help ease you into the process. The more experience you have with breeding your Betta the easier and less complicated it will all seem. Witnessing nature as it takes its course can be fun, exciting, and a true educational experience for people of all ages. Seeing the offspring of your beloved Betta spring into action invokes a sense of pride and satisfaction all its own!Your Betta should be at least five months old and in good health before you attempt to breed. If you attempt breeding with Betta's that are less than five months old or in poor health you'll end up frustrated, and your Betta will, too!If you just bought your Betta from a pet store or had it shipped through the mail, you may need to wait a couple of weeks before attempting to breed. Pet store conditions are usually less than ideal and being mailed is, of course, very stressful and your fish will need some time to get acclimated.Before you attempt to breed you need to do some conditioning. The water must be clear and as clean as you can possibly get it. You should increase feedings to four times a day and feed as much protein as possible, preferably live bait such as bloodworms.At least a week before you attempt to breed your Betta you should place them in two separate containers where they can view each other. Allowing them to see one another will usually keep them from being aggressive when you put them in a spawning tank together.Once you expose the two fish to one another the male may start forming a bubble net at the top of his bowl, this is normal behavior. The female will often get stripes on her body and you will know she is ready to breed when she begins to swim as if dancing on her nose; following the males' every move. Her belly will be obviously filled with eggs. These are signs that she is ready and willing to breed.Set up the tank two or three days before you are ready to begin the spawning phase of breeding. You'll want to keep the spawning tank away from all sources of heat or air conditioning, and it should be on a stable surface. Add three to six inches of aged water to the tank.Place your submersible heater into the water. Remember, most heaters of this type have to be submerged for a while before turning on the unit, at least twenty minutes. When you turn the heater on set it to about 80-82 degrees. Also add a thermometer, plants, a rock to hide behind, and half a Styrofoam cup for the male to build his nest under.You'll want to place the chimney in the center of the tank for the female. The chimney is a great place to let the two fish get acquainted before the actual spawning begins.Place the male in the spawning tank a day ahead of the female. Let him get acclimated to the water. When he seems comfortable, it's safe to add the female to the chimney. Leaving a light on will stimulate a hormone that will encourages spawning activity.When you first release the female she may hide from the male. But, most likely they will swim toward one another and try to find the right position by swimming in circles around one another. It may take them a couple of tries to get it just right. As the male squeezes the female she'll probably release about thirty eggs. After she expels these eggs both the fish may stop moving, and that is normal. Once they start moving again the male will start blowing the eggs up into the bubble nest; most females help with this process, too. The spawning process can last many hours and they will continue this cycle until she has released all her eg[...]
2006-10-24T02:51:58.006-04:00Thanks for visiting my new breeding betta fish blog! I will be posting tips and articles about breeding betta fish, so please stop back by!