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Old 06-17-2010, 02:12 PM   #1 
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Question No breeding, guard empty nest, aggression or overly gentle??

So I've tried breeding a few different pairs, different days, different lengths.


Valor is very gentle and shows off, but he doesn't care about the nest after that, he also doesn't really go further than just showing is fins.

Lemon is aggressive. Overnight separated, still mean.

Amai guarded his empty nest from the female and wanted nothing to do with her.

Flame is still recovering from old divider jumping adventures. So no ladies for him yet, though he has made a nest.

Kyle Jr. Has always been little, but he did show interest in making a nest.



I feed them frozen blood worms every 3rd day & very varied flake mix normally. Water is very clean, 0's across the board, water is warm(73-78F) and filtered. Tanks planted. I don't lower the water level because I only add a female once there is a nest, and if I lower the water, the nest will vanish and the males totally loose interest. Each male is in 5gal.


Anything else I can do to fix their individual issues?
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What size is the spawning tank?
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:39 PM   #3 
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:45 PM   #4 
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Well, I'm sorry to say but aggestivness has no cure. Maybe they will work it out on there own, but I dont see any way of breeding under these personalities.
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:47 PM   #5 
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IMO/E-it is much easier to spawn by using at least a 10g tank, do you have a 10g that you can use?

Have you had any successful spawns and how long have you been attempting to spawn these Bettas?
Are they located so that the males and females can see each other?
Have you tried any live foods for conditioning like mosquito larva or guppy fry?
How many and what type of live plants are you using?
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:56 PM   #6 
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No other heater so no other tanks.
Just the past few weeks, the males listed above and 2 females.
Female is in a clear cup.
No live food, it wouldn't survive. Either a dog/cat would get to it or the heat/cold.
They are planted tanks. 2-3 Wisteria, Dwarf Sag bottom.
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How long did you leave them together to spawn? or better yet.... explain in detail your spawning attempts...
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:02 PM   #8 
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Mitzy was in with Valor for almost 3 days. Other mixes 1.5-2days.
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:04 PM   #9 
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I've read that if you introduce a female into a male's regular tank he will be overly territorial and may not breed.

I don't think they are conditioned enough. Try conditioning both breeders on live/frozen foods for a week or two.

If you can't keep live foods what do you plan to feed the fry? Fry feed instinctively and most will not go for powdered or dry foods. You'll end up with large numbers dead.
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It was more of an experiment to see if they would breed/I could get them to.
If I can find a 10g cheap and a heater, they actually breed, then I can go about trying harder to find a temperate place for the live food.
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