Well my brother and I had three male bettas for a few months now and thought it would be fun to breed bettas. We purchased two females and one if plump full of eggs and darkly colored. She has some blue in her eyes and random blue scales. Her fins are mostly red though, interesting combo. The male is dark red-purple(I would say maroonish, but I got pictures) with some large brightly colored fins. Most beautiful male I have seen with my eyes in person. He is in a 10 gallon spawning tank that we initially didn't have heated because it was sitting around 75 which from my reading said was fine. It slowly dropped to 72 over several days so today I added a heater and set it for 72, but it warmed the water to 77. Until this point the male wasn't building a bubble nest, and wasn't really even trying. I have some hornwort and anarchis floating and in weighted bunches. The water level is about 8-10" deep(lfs said that was okay, but I am not too sure with conflicting ideals in this. I have read as low as 4" to as deep as a 10 gallon filled all the way...). The female is in a livebearer breeding trap(no divider or bottom grate). She is nicely barred and has been since introduced to the male, so good signs! So some questions I guess: Should the water level be lower, or is it okay to leave it the way it is now that a bubble nest is present? How can I tell when the male is ready for the female to be introduced? I have read when he is finished or close to it with the bubble nest, how do I tell? In the stickies above, it says that it is recommended to remove the male for first timers, why is this? I would like to keep the male with the young to watch how it goes. How long does it take for fry to be large enough for sale? My experience thus far is that my male is fairly gentle with females. She has jumped while the lid from the breeding trap was left off accidently and been untouched. He flares up at her but isn't fast enough to actually nip her.
Here are some pictures(I know, I know they are veil tails but I am not into showing bettas. My lfs can take them all as long as it works out that I can give an estimant when the young will be large enough.)