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Old 07-08-2012, 06:19 AM   #1 
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True or False?

I don't know much about the breeding of betta's and their mating rituals, so I picked up this fact sheet that was at City Farmers (chain pet store) and read the breeding information section on the paper. I quote 'Put the female in with the male, and if all goes well (after making a bubblenest) they will breed!Males wrap themselves around the female and squeeze the eggs out, and then they catch them in their mouth and blow them into the nest where they sit for a few days until hatching. Now, is this what happens for mating? It's just that it all seems really weird.
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:46 AM   #2 
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Males wrap themselves around the female and squeeze the eggs out
Like a toothpaste tube?

The bit about the males catching the eggs and putting them in the nest is true.
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Exactly like a toothpaste tube. All the fry must assume they are in a giant compressor (: I'm assuming that part must be false then!
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:02 AM   #4 
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Oh no its completely true, here is some proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELAgPPNiMiU

Completely true :)

Also it isn't just a matter of dumping this female and that male in together and hoping all goes well, this takes a LOT of preperation!
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:25 AM   #5 
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The male doesn't actually squeeze the eggs out of the female.....The embrace is so that their vents are approximated for fertilization...He wraps his body around her and this stimulates the release of the eggs and milt.

There is also a theory that some fertilization may occur under the nest as the milt settles in that area...but no scientific proof...
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:06 PM   #6 
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I've heard that "males saliva fertilizes the eggs"
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:14 PM   #7 
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^ And all this time I thought it was the Easter Betta...
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:10 PM   #8 
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I've heard that "males saliva fertilizes the eggs"
False...
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:12 PM   #9 
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True, but not really "squeeze", just an embrace that triggers the eggs to be released. Even after the embrace many times the eggs continue to come out. Sometimes even before. Most the eggs not released in the embrace will fail to be fertilized because the male is also releasing his sperm. It must happen together.

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Old 07-08-2012, 04:31 PM   #10 
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Gosh, and I thought a stork-fish just swam in and plopped these bubbly eggs into tanks!
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