Originally Posted by bettabreeder123
my male red vt will not make a bubble nest in for spawning no matter what. i used nutrafin water condtioner with almond leaf extract and it was to make his testostrone level go up to make neset but he would just swim around doing nothing to female and the female will bite him and he wont mind for some reason. i took him out but whats wrong with him?? is it possible i have a betta that will breed without a bubble nest?
Bettas cannot breed without a bubble nest. First of all, you don't just plop the female in there to see if they spawn. You need to "introduce" them first via a smaller container within a 10g tank with the male. To put it simply, you do not let the female swim freely in the tank. After a few days, he might start dancing for her, and she might start dancing back and he'll build a bubble nest. Once the female is full of eggs and continues to dance back at the male, then they can mate.
At this point, I suggest taking the female out and putting her in her own separate container (1 gallon minimum, please) for now out of sight of the male. Wait a week, then put her container next to his or put it in his tank (make sure the container cannot sink...fix it to the side of the tank). If he still doesn't make a nest, then he probably doesn't want to mate.
If they do mate successfully, then after they're done, you need to carefully remove the female because the male will probably beat her up. Also, when putting her back into the tank if they look like they're ready to mate, if she looks like she's getting really beaten up while he's trying to get ahold of her to spawn, take her out immediately and start treating her.
I highly suggest doing more research before you breed bettas. A lot of stuff can go wrong.
**EDIT** You will probably need some plants for the fry and maybe half of a styrofoam cup for him to build the nest under. It is also rumored that indian almond leaves help encourage spawning and helps prevent egg fungus.