Ok...so here's the situation
I recently purchased twp halfmoon betta for breeding purposes and currently have them housed in a divided 10 gallon tank. They can see one another but not get to one another (or so I thought). I went away for the weekend to visit family, leaving my babies in the hands of my fiance who swears he's been feeding them properly and since they weren't going into a feeding frenzy when i fed them, I suppose that they must be pretty content.
When I came back on Monday I saw a rather strange sight though. My female has created a very small bubblenest on the edge of the divider. There are eggs in the nest and she's tending them rather diligently. My male seems uninterested for the most part. Is it possible these eggs were fertilized or is poor Lady Violet
tending eggs that will never hatch?
Also...I thought the female would eat the eggs not tend them! I know they sometimes help right after mating, but this is all her doing as the nest is completely on her side and The Artist F.K.A. Prince
(my purple halfmoon male) is definitely on the other side of the divider. The divider seems to be up and separating them as it should be, I checked for bowing or perhaps any other gaps but I see none!
I'm going to give it a few days to see if they hatch. They are right up against the front of the glass too so easy to see, impossible to move... >< i just had a spawn reach the 3 week mark and now I might have another spawn to tend! OMG!!!!
So...um, is this really weird or has this happened to others before? From everything I've read and researched the male tends the nest and has to squeeze the female in order to get the eggs out right...? And once the mating is done he chases the female off otherwise she eats the eggs! Right?!
Well, there was no squeezing and no chasing yet there are eggs and there's a bubblenest that my female has created! This is really quite strange and right now I'm afraid to move anything!