Well, I got my Bettas last Friday (1 female and 1 male) from a local privately owned pet store (the man that owns it takes excellent care of his animals especially fish) Here are the profiles of my fish:
a. He is extremely colorful with a bright red body and fins that taper until they are perfectly clear, then there is black that outlines the clearness (beautiful!)
That could be fin rot
b. He is around 1 inch long in just body length.
a. Beautiful red and blue mix with black spots on her fins.
8. She is well over an inch long probably like an inch and a half.
Well that wraps up their descriptions, so here are my problems:
I got the breeding tank set up as instructed by several people experienced in betta breeding. It has the usual:
Is this your first time owning bettas? If so I suggest you stick to just taking care of them for a while and wait a few months before thinking about breeding. It is a BIG responsibility.
10 gallon tank (half filled with water)
Floating plants (hornwart)
Places for the female to hide
And a white egg carton cut in half for the male to build his bubble nest under.
Now onto the real problem...
I put the female in a 1 gallon round class container and I put it on one site of the breeding tank. (P.S. the same tank that she is supposed to normally live in). Did you condition the bettas first? Also, If you can afford to breed, you cab afford to get her a better tank (not trying to be rude). I suggest a 2.5 gallon aquarium if you are tight on space.
I made her water level higher than the males so she doesn't have to see him all of the time. I put the male into the tank and he began flaring (he looked amazing), but the female instantly turned a pale yellowish color with dark horizontal stripes going from her head to her tail. (I have heard that horizontal means she doesn't want to breed and vertical means she wants to.)
That isn't a good sign. Those are stress bars, I would take her out now.
So here is my dilemma, why wont she breed?
She isn't ready.
They have been in that tank for 1 night and she still looks the same. Is anything wrong? Is she to old?
The bettas may be too old because they came from a petstore. There they are typically about 6 months old.
Answers would be greatly appreciated.
Could you tell me EXACTLY what steps you took?
Last edited by turtle10; 02-06-2011 at 10:33 AM.
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