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Old 09-14-2010, 12:44 PM   #1 
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Quick question(s) about lights

I have read that when I breed, the light for the tank needs to stay on at all times so that the male can see fry that fall. Are there differing opinions?

And what about when the male and female are preparing to spawn/spawning? I've read differing things about that too.

Also when the fry are free swimming I shouldn't need to leave the light on 24/7 should I?

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Old 09-14-2010, 01:32 PM   #2 
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I only leave a small light on for the first 2-3 days after the eggs are in the nest and then its lights off as usual.

I have also had all lights off during that time and I did not see any difference and all was fine, however, the fire that was blazing outside may have given some light to the Betta....but in the wild- moon light would be the only light and research indicate that the fish can/will use their lateral line for location in the dark....so in reality-I don't think they really need that light to tend to their eggs/fry....it may have come about for/from us and thinking that they need it....lol......
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Thanks OFL!
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:34 PM   #4 
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I've never kept the lights on full time. I tried that with my 3rd spawning attempt and the male ended up eating all the eggs. I keep the light on during the day and turn it off an night like I do all my other tanks.

With my first two spawns I had the fish in my sunroom so the tanks got all natural light from morning to dusk and left the lights off at night.
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Okay thanks 1f2f
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:02 PM   #6 
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I leave my lights on day and night the entire courtship and spawning process and while he tends the nest. Jut how I do it.
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