I recently bought two bettas from a quality fish store (I have been referred to go there many times) and purchased two bettas, a male and a female. I have had my female in the tower in the spawning tank for a week, and my male has built a bubble nest, and he flares at her. I decided to try letting her out because her gills turned white (which I read is sometimes the same thing as the vertical stripes) and I could see her oviposter. He chased her around for a little bit, then they both lost interest. I have done this a few times with the same results. She is back in the tower right now because I dont want to leave her in the tank with him unprotected. Do you think they just aren't compatible? thanks in advance! And yes, I know exactly what I am getting into. I have a plan with a good fish store to take my babies when they are old enough and I have 2 large grow out tanks for the females and and adequate places for the males when they start fighting. My grandpa use to breed other types of fish, but this is our first adventure with bettas:] oh and I have been feeding them blood worms along with their normal food.
so what I did was in their own tanks I was feeding them blood worms and the normal betta food. I had them conditioning like that for about a week. then I put her in the tower in the spawning tank and let him free in there. At first he was flaring at her alot and building a nest and swimming back and forth. I was putting her in the tower for the day then in her own tank at night, then I thought that might stress her out, so I just left her in the tower (it has something over it to keep her from jumping out but not prevent airflow). I let her out when I thought they were both ready, and like I said he chased her around abit, then they both lost interest and they started just swimming around the tank like it was no big deal and they acted like they would rather live together than breed. So I took her out and put her back in the tower.
It's because they were together for a week... Judging by the description you should have released her on the first day. Next time, condition with high quality pellets (NLS or omega one) and frozen, ore even better, live foods.
thanks guys:] Matt, how long will it be till I can try spawning them again?
Everyone, Does my female seem to old? I saw my friend's breeding pair yesterday and her female is much smaller than mine. her fry are at the free swimming stage.