Hey folks, I joined just to ask you this question! Most fish forums have a lack of betta people.
I have recently embarked upon the betta breeding adventure (yes the water is tested and clean, 16g tank with 5" water, plants, 80 degrees f, sponge filter which is off at the moment--the works--I did my research). I introduced the pair last night and they treated me to a brilliant show: dancing, flaring, chasing, etc. The male began a bubble nest about 10 minutes after I introduced them. Now they are loose together and have been since last night (they are very gentle) and the bubblenest is quite large. The female is fat and happy, her ovipositor is showing, though no stripes because she's cambodian.
Here is my question. The male seems to take a lot of breaks. For example, he'll chase her around the tank and flare for 20 seconds, then go build bubbles for five minutes, and then kind of rest in the plants for quite a while, maybe 15 minutes? Occasionally the female will approach him and do a little dance on her nose, and he kind of "wakes up" and gives chase again. Is it normal for the male to take his sweet time? He is also blowing bubbles everywhere he rests, not just in the cup. Is he losing interest? Thank you!!