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Old 05-28-2012, 09:17 AM   #1 
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Hi I am new to the betta breeding world. I have had bettas for a few years now and I recently decided to breed them. I have my breeding tank set up with my male in it, it has been set up for about a week and a half. I have been adding fresh water every so often and taking out any waste. I recently just added the female since she had just finished being conditioned. She was displaying all the necessary signs that she was ready to breed. I have had her in there for a day now under surveillance but I never saw any embraces. Well needless to say I fell asleep on the job and when I woke up there was all this milky white film on the surface. I have no clue what this is and I don't know if I should be concerned or not. The males bubblenest is covered so it is hard for me to see if it has any eggs in it. Is this white stuff just residue from spawning or is it just waste?
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:28 AM   #2 
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It sounds like dust or something - I sometimes get that on still new water. I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. And it actually helps keep the bubble nest last. Just make sure the film doesn't get too thick, making breathing hard for your pair. And when your fry are ready to have air pumps, the film will disappear.

As far as I know, breeding doesn't leave any residue of any kind.

Good luck. Keep us posted.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:35 AM   #3 
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Thank you! Also is it normal for the male to make more then one bubblenest?
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The only thing I would worry about is if it is an oily film on the surface. That is usually waste from the tank. You can remove it with a paper towel. Just lay the towel on the surface and remove it.

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Old 05-28-2012, 11:03 AM   #5 
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Yeah I just noticed some oily film on there as well. I put in about a liter of fresh new water and took out waste now I will soak up that oily stuff thanks!
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