My boyfriend and I are thinking of mating our betta fish, the female is a crowntail and the male is a double tail (labeled a double tail, half-moon from the pet store, but after looking up info, I'm not sure if this is possible as I have scoured so many betta sites and don't see this type covered, and whether it is possible or not, either way, he's a healthy male so that's all that matters
We have the female in a 1 gallon tank and the male in a 3.5 gallon tank sitting side by side to one another. He actually started forming a bubble nest before we even got the female, which is what led my boyfriend to think about mating him.
Since we've gotten the female they seem very active, they swim toward the same direction, both flare their fins and "dance" facing each other, and he's started building another bubble nest.
In this time my boyfriend is getting more and more tempted to move forward in mating them. I used to have males and females with the intention to mate them, but never did due to the amount of time and work that would be involved and ultimately decided that it wasn't something that I could dedicate my full effort to so I opted not to. During that time I had read about the process, checked out site after site and video after video, and basically know the whole jist of the mating process minus actually going through with it and knowing the time involved.
My question is, when the male and female are mating and they're interlocked in the embrace where she's motionless while the male is squeezing her to release the eggs, is there any time or period where she can be removed during? As in if the male squeezes some eggs out and swims down to retrieve them to put them in the bubble nest, can I remove her then into her own tank or must I allow the male to continuously go back to squeezing her so she can release eggs, deposit them to the nest, and onward?
I ask because I know bettas can produce anywhere from 500-600 eggs at one time, and frankly, I'm not ready to be a fish parent to that many babies. My boyfriend is sure in thinking we can just watch how many eggs she releases in the initial/first go-round of him squeezing, and remove her once we see enough eggs to our liking have been released. I'm not 100% sure we can do that or if it's safe as this is one part that I've never come across on the internet where any mention of whether this is appropriate to do.
I don't want to interrupt or disrupt their process if it has to go on longer than how we see fit with the number of eggs released, I would almost feel guilty or bad for not letting them make the process as long as they need it to be, but if it's safe or alright to do so then I just need confirmation as again, I've never come across anything that covers this.
Thoughts? Opinions? Anyone with their two cents?
Is it alright to remove the female during the mating process once we see the number of eggs we want released to prevent an over production of baby bettas?