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Old 07-10-2010, 09:54 PM   #1 
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Question about Courting/Introducing

I have conditioned by betta's for a week or so and put them into a 10 gallon breeding tank. I put my male betta in, then my female in within a cup. The male often flares at her scaring her, and she swims wildly and backs away in the cup. The male keeps going, then wonders off for a while. I also placed a styrofoam cup, but the male hasn't made a bubble nest yet.

IM SCARED FOR MY FEMALE BETTA, IS SHE GOING TO BE OKAY IF I FREE HER? SHE SWIMS REALLY FAST INSIDE THE CUP WHEN HE FLARES! PLEASE HELP! THANKS!
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:08 PM   #2 
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Remove the female, she isn't ready to spawn. Keep her in solitary for a few days and try again. She should be flaring back and both should be swimming as if they're dancing.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:12 PM   #3 
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I would get a larger container like a jar or a small tank to put in the spawning tank. That way the female has a little more room to feel comfortable. If the male doesn't begin building the nest quickly after putting the female in then you probably need to re-condition both of them.

Normally you would condition the breeders for 2+ weeks
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:07 PM   #4 
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great thanks! i took my female out and im going to condition her for another 3-5 days. she has vertical stripes and a visible ovapistor(?) right now.
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:23 PM   #5 
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Make sure there are plenty of hiding spots for her in the breeding tank.
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:37 PM   #6 
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i have 2 fake plants so far.. i think im going to add one of those rock "caves".

My male betta made bubble nests in the small bowl i had him in the beginning, but after i transferred him to the 10 gallon he doesn't make them anymore. Is there a certain reason?
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Old 07-11-2010, 12:00 PM   #7 
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How long did you condition the male? What's the temp? What are you using for a nest site?

I used a piece of bubble wrap (bubble side down) for my nest site and it only took my males 2 minutes to realized that's where their nest should go. The bubble wrap makes it look like there is already a nest there so he just adds on to it.

I also packed my tank full of java moss, except for the part where the nest was. This gives the female a lot of cover and most males can chase a female through java moss (unless he's short finned).
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My male was conditioned for a while, he was blowing bubble nests when he was in his smaller bowl, but when i trasnferred him to the new breeding tank he doesn't seem to show interest in making a bubble nest. I used a styrofoam cup. I'll look for some bubble wrap and see what happens. thanks!
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update: my male has begun attempting to make a bubblenest under the styrofoam cup, but it seems that the bubbles keep popping before he can get multiple bubbles. My filter isn't on anymore, and it's very still. Is there a certain reason? He has built bubble nests in his small bowl before.
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Try covering the tank with plastic wrap over the top, it will keep the air above the tank humid and will probably help the bubbles stay together better.
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