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Old 09-02-2010, 06:15 AM   #1 
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Can a pair breed without a nest?

Im curious, will a pair breed without a nest? Or they wont breed untill a nest is made? If they did breed, what will happen to the eggs?
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Old 09-02-2010, 09:16 AM   #2 
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I have had successful spawns without nest with the male and eggs floating all over the surface and without a males-however, survival rate and higher numbers of fry will be seen in spawns that use a nest.

When the male picks up the eggs he will encase them with a bubble so they will float, and usually later he will make a nest and put them in the nest.

I have had eggs hatch that laid on the bottom after they fell from the nest

I have artificially hatched eggs without a male in a shallow cup

I don't rely on the size of the nest or building of the nest as an indication of breeding readiness.

I have had successful spawns without a nest in the tank, I have a male that will not build a nest until he has eggs in his mouth and is one of my best breeders, he also is one that moves his eggs often.......
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:05 PM   #3 
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No nest but good father = fry

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Old 09-03-2010, 06:27 AM   #4 
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My pair is just 3 months old, and the male don't seem to know how to make a nest.. The female is ready to breed, just some chasing. No fin tears at all... I decide to recondition them for another week and try again.
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Old 09-03-2010, 01:05 PM   #5 
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3 months? What size? IME, both in the past and recently, breeding too young or too small (less than 3 cm) are disappointing, both in amount of eggs and fertility. But that's just me because I've read (forgot where) some people have succeeded breeding young bettas.
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:13 AM   #6 
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Both are them are about 4-6 cm. The male is bigger than the female
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:59 AM   #7 
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Help! My female just lost her breeding bars. The pair dont fight, dont really chase. But they do seem to swim in a flirting way. What should I do ?
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:39 AM   #8 
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You should not worry.
As long as they are flirting, they will spawn. Some just need a longer time than others. So let nature take its course.
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