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Old 12-12-2010, 07:14 PM   #1 
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Post New to Betta breeding

Basically I'm still gathering Information on breeding Bettas. My main question is, can one species be bred with another species? Like a crown tail breeding with a halfmoon. That is something I could not find much information on at all. What types of plants are the best to use in a breeding tank setup?

I'll be using a 30 gallon tank and a 2.5 or 5 gallon tank to separate the male and female. I will also be adding a divider in the 30 gallon to separate the filter and air pump so minimum current is made in the tank. I plan to use live plants also.

Here is some of the information I have found out.

Safe Plants:
Peace Lily
Philodendrons
Anacharis
Riccia
Java Moss
Amazon Sword

Random bits of info:
* 80-82*F water temperature
* Males will flare his fins and build bubble nest as signs for being ready to breed
* Females, depending on species will develop vertical stripes as a sign she is ready to breed


I have other information on the breeding and time it takes, also for the fry and what they should be fed and how often. Any extra information you would like to give is always welcomed, even for the plants and how to grow them, as I have never had a planted tank.
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You can breed different tails types but not species. IMO you should only mix Doubletail to another tail type....even then some crosses look bad. Start off with a halfmoon or halfmoon plakat pair...they're the most wanted right now.
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Is there any say list of whats the best to breed with what? I like the halfmoons, I'll have to look into that once I have everything setup.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:41 PM   #4 
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Here's my list of possible crosses:

Doubletail x Halfmoon...Good and will make the dorsal fin better

Doubletail x Delta....ditto to above

Doubletail x Crowntail...bad until a few generatiosn down the road

Doubletail x Veiltail.....Don't breed veil tails unless you can find homes

Halfmoon x Halfmoon...good if you have nice fish with good fins

Halfmoon x Delta...ditto for above

Halfmoon x Crowntail.....same as Doubletail x Crowntail

Delta x Delta....Ok I guess but you should go for Halfmoon

Delta x Crowntail...same as Doubletail x Crowntail

Crowntail...should only be bred to another crowntail

Veiltails...shouldn't be bred unless you can guarentee homes for the fry
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I had a question too.... how do the colors factor in? Can you mix different colors?
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Depends on the colors. Reds and blues should never be mixed.
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And in betta breeding, red and blue do not make purple.
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I had read that red and blue together is a product of bad breeding... I will have blue, turquoise, and copper/black/dragon pairs to work with. Any colors I could cross those with? What can I cross with my copper/black/dragon delta pair to produce some halfmoons?
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Depends on the colors. Reds and blues should never be mixed.
Why is this? does it create bad genes or what?
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It creates bad color. In the IBC reds shouldn't have any iridescent coloring on them (as in any shade of blue or green) and blues shouldn't have any red wash.
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