Hiya, i want to breed my betta fish, and ive tried for a while with no success so im thinking of trying with a few new males that i have.
There's Comet, he's a red crowntail with a green/blue body. and i have Cherry Bomb, a purely red Halfmoon i got from a local breeder.
So im not sure which to choose, i mean, i like both of them. But the thing is that i heard halfmoons are hard to breed. Is this true or a myth?
If so, I'd recommend you use your CT or VT. HMs are just a little more difficult because of their full finnage. They are a little more sensitive to water quality because of their big fins. But, if your up to the challenge, Go for it!!!!
Oh, well its a 5 gallon tank, silk plants with a small filter, mainly silk plants, a few plastic, no gravel, and the water temperature is at 82-84*...i dont have a glass chimney so i just keep the female's tank close to the breeding tank, he see's her and flares and all. thats what ive bin doing. there is a photo of the tank in my photogallery
I use two different methods with great success, one in bare bottom standard 10g and the other is 10g heavy planted, on both methods I use full tanks of water because I condition my breeder so I don't worry about the male getting tired and when well conditioned I found that I get healthier stronger eggs so the male doesn't have to chase the eggs as they fall because they don't fall in the first place after spawning...lol.....
I also like the full tank so it is easier to keep the air above the water humid and warm and this helps keep the nest intact better and infusoria development for first fry foods.
I don't use filters or air stones in my spawning tanks, I want nice still water and once I start adding the live foods for the fry I make daily water changes anyway so I don't worry about the oxygen level for the fry since their labyrinth organ has not developed yet.
I don't use the hurricane glass either, I put the breeding pair together at the same time and as long as I have plenty of plants I don't worry and I don't get injured breeders either with these methods. I usually have spawning within 2 hours and as long as 6 hours, once the female leaves the spawning area I remove her. The male usually gets removed by 72-80 hours from spawn, first added live foods usually fed by day 7-8 as long as the fry have nice round bellies telling me that I have plenty of infusoria, seed shrimp and other mirco-critters in my mature spawning tanks.
I keep my water temp at 80-81F, I don't want my eggs to hatch too soon as I found that they will be weaker if hatched too fast from too warm of water.
Spawning this species is lots of fun and I think everyone that enjoys this species should spawn at least once, it is a great learning experience....I do recommend that a person should do lots of research first so that they are successful and to be ready to feed and house lots of youngsters......and not to plan on making any money...you are lucky to break even....lol....unless you go big scale of course.......