Both approximately 4 months old. After almost a week, they finally figured out what they were doing and spawned on 2-5-12. The male is a gentle lover, leaving the female with only two splits in her tail and a smile on her face.lol
Daddy has a huge nest under a Styrofoam cup. He is vigilant in gathering the eggs and placing them in the nest, even though, there are WAY TOO MANY for him to keep up with. I normally leave the male with the fry, but he has not stopped the last 24 hrs. I will be keeping a close eye on him the next couple of days to make sure he isn't over worked or over whelmed with all the fry. I have not fed him yet. Will feed him the same day I feed the fry their first meal.
I am very excited about this spawn. He is the most beautiful fish I have ever had, and just adore him. The fact that he was so great with the female and now the fry makes me love him all the more. This is also the largest spawn I have ever had or seen! They are literally everywhere in the 40 gallon tank and they are not free swimming yet! They seem to be quite strong and vigorous also. Because these are half-giants, the water depth is deeper than any of my other spawns. Yet, the fry can make it to the surface without much struggle! I am impressed with them already! Hope it holds for the duration.
I apologize in advance. I do not have a good camera. I only have the one on my phone. Hey, I had my choice, a camera, or another betta...I thought you'd understand. ;)
Pic of mom
Pic of Dad
Pics of Dad tending the nest. The black specks on the edge of the cup are all fry. In the other pic, you can see all the white specks on the ground, they are all fry! They are everywhere! :)