Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Breeding Betta Fish
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-06-2012, 06:52 AM   #1 
JAGalletta
New Member
 
JAGalletta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South Jersey
I think my betta has eyes for my molly!

Out of curiosity, I was wondering if a betta fish would show attraction to a molly. I woke up this morning to find my betta swimming by the molly's side, sort of brushing her side with his. He is a 5 month old black orchid crowntail, and she is a mostly-black calico. I'm saying this to be taken with a grain of salt as these two species are very different, but is this at all possible?

As a side note - I am not interested in breeding the betta at the moment nor do I have a female for him, but since the members on this side of the forum have more experience in breeding and breeding behaviors of bettas, I figured I'd ask here.
JAGalletta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 10:43 AM   #2 
Sena Hansler
Member
 
Sena Hansler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CANADA
The real signs would be bubble nest making, the wiggle dance, and giving chase (and enticing). However it would also take the instinctual sight and sometimes smell, plus conditioning and proper conditions to actually get them "into it".

It may be possible he is actually pestering her what does he do exactly?
Sena Hansler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 10:54 AM   #3 
JAGalletta
New Member
 
JAGalletta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South Jersey
Well, there's no bubble nest or wiggle dance going on. He does chase her though. I think what happened is that my fish all gather near the small door opening on the top of my tank when I come in to feed them in the morning. I think he was sort of pushing her away from the opening to get to the food first.

Is there any merit to the claim that bettas don't like black? She is mostly black, perhaps that's why he chases and pesters her. Should I separate them? They do spend plenty of time apart, and occupied with other areas of the tank.
JAGalletta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 10:55 AM   #4 
JAGalletta
New Member
 
JAGalletta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South Jersey
This is a live feed of the tank so you can see what they do... http://skjm.com/icam/web/?h=cfd014c2...a9e553a535d5c0
JAGalletta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 11:04 AM   #5 
Sena Hansler
Member
 
Sena Hansler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CANADA
Surprisngly, betta fish actually are attracted or do not like certain colors

E! Darn mac Don't have the required java However, as for food time and shoving her away, probably. I had a betta with danios (yes, they got along) and he knocked them out of the ball park third day in, therefore he was king and he got food first

It may be that he just does not like her. What size of tank is it? Is it just him and her? I usually suggest lots of plants (silk, fabric and real) that are able to cover the top, middle, and bottom section of the water that way neither is annoyed by seeing each other too much.
Sena Hansler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 12:17 PM   #6 
JAGalletta
New Member
 
JAGalletta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South Jersey
It's only a 5.5 gal, and the plants are still growing (swords) but I have tall bushy plastic plants in the corners for hiding, and they do spend time behind them. It's betta, molly, platy, and 3 ghosties. Tank does handle the bioload btw - well cycled. They don't seem to be bothering eachother and I wish you could see the feed, because they seem fairly happy. If anyone else can see the feed, you'll see that the betta swims past the molly and platy and only pesters/chases once in a while. Nobody seems stressed, but I could always be wrong about that.
JAGalletta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 12:25 PM   #7 
Sena Hansler
Member
 
Sena Hansler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CANADA
Well, I prefer platys and mollies in larger tanks (active) and when a betta is Ina community tank I like to give him room to escape :) just be warned those mollies are very prone to mouth fungus (due to being brackish water fish, living in fresh water). I say, keep an eye on everyone. Do you have a back up tank for the betta just in case something happens?
Sena Hansler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 12:36 PM   #8 
JAGalletta
New Member
 
JAGalletta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South Jersey
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sena Hansler View Post
Do you have a back up tank for the betta just in case something happens?
Yes, sitting, ready. I always keep an eye, too. Haven't had any problems yet, and the 5.5 is all I can afford at the moment. I'm definitely not adding anything more to the tank, besides maybe more plants. I think [crosses fingers] these guys will be ok. It's been a week together with no serious problems - just occasional chasing. The betta also catches his reflection once in a while (when the lighting is right) and flares at the tank wall. The platy and the molly will chase each other on occasion as well, and really don't seem confined.

Here is a pic of the tank:

Last edited by JAGalletta; 12-06-2012 at 12:55 PM.
JAGalletta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 01:01 PM   #9 
JAGalletta
New Member
 
JAGalletta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South Jersey
I just realized I might be wrong with my identification, since I wasn't paying the best attention at the pet store when I bought these guys - are they both platy's?
JAGalletta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 02:03 PM   #10 
Sena Hansler
Member
 
Sena Hansler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CANADA
... Yes that one definitely is a Platy so you have two platys and a betta ;)
Sena Hansler is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Betta with cloudy eyes Amethyst123 Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 4 04-06-2014 01:07 PM
Betta w/ metallic eyes? LaurenL Betta Fish Care 1 07-17-2011 06:48 PM
What is wrong with my betta's eyes? monroe0704 Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 0 03-08-2011 05:49 PM
my betta fish eyes diamondcdy Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 2 10-02-2008 08:12 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:59 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.