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Old 08-07-2010, 07:35 AM   #1 
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Helllo everyone,

I was just looking at one of my female bettas for about an hour because she interests me and i think she is interested in a male. Also because the male keeps flirting with her and they flaring at each other. What i did was stare at her and him and analysed them both. What i did do was i thought of how old the female and the male is.

So i realized that the female is older than the male and she is IMO past breeding age. I think he is too, but when i was looking at her she was filling up with eggs and a lot of them. So my first question is, is this behavior normal for a betta that is past the breeding age?

My next question is, how old does the betta have to be until it passes breeding age.

Neptune (the female betta) is one of my females that i had for about 6 or 7 months and i got her when she was very small and a little cutie. So i think she is past breeding age so is she? if she is then why is she filling up with eggs.

As for Marki (male betta) i dont know how old he is i got him about two months ago from wal-mart.
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Old 08-07-2010, 11:55 AM   #2 
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Females will have eggs their entire life, they absorb them, drop and eat them on a regular basis.
In most animals the drive to reproduce is strong-their goal in life is to pass their genes to make a new generation and given the chance they will reproduce at any age.
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:45 PM   #3 
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really, but i thought that people said that bettas will stop producing after they pass a certain age?
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:51 PM   #4 
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Mine don't, and I have used females well into their second year heading into the third.

I think it is more related to vigor than egg production, however, I haven't seen a change in that with my older Bettas as long as they are healthy
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Mine don't, and I have used females well into their second year heading into the third.

I think it is more related to vigor than egg production, however, I haven't seen a change in that with my older Bettas as long as they are healthy
yes of course.:)
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:47 PM   #6 
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They probably produce better offspring when they're younger.
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Old 08-09-2010, 02:26 PM   #7 
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i know i was just curious i am not actually going to breed her though i have tried when she was younger.
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Old 08-09-2010, 02:46 PM   #8 
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Like any animal the older the female is the more chances there are for genetic deformity. That being said the breeders in my group have males that are 2 years old and still breeding.
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:10 PM   #9 
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ohh okay i see so how does that two year old male produce? good fry or only deformed??

also what do you mean by your "breeding group"? what is a breeding group?
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i think 1f2f meant the fish in her whole group of fish that were being bred
not a specific group for breeding fish
though i might be wrong D:
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