Before I began, alot of you probably know that I have never bred bettas, but I want to some time this, or next year. I have done some
research on this subject, but I am by no means an expert. Please feel free to point things out that I missed, or got incorrect. Thanks!
Well, my sister thought it would be great fun to breed her LFS bettas for the experience. I can't force her not to, so I will try to help how I can. She has run into afew problems, though. I know the whole thing isn't great, but I would like some help with this so it can go as smoothly as possible. Here we go.
Well, first thing is first, I told my sister that the bettas are of a weak genetic background of questionable treatment, strength, and stature. I know that if this does work out (I can't see that at this point, so don't let me get too far ahead) we will probably have alot of mutants that will need to be...
I told her that bettas should be conditioned for 2 weeks with bloodworms and stuff. She just started conditioning them after
she put the female in the cup in Luke's (her male CT) tank.
(This next sentence is kinda a side question that I am asking due to lack of info I have been able to find. I was wanting to know how much bloodworms a betta needs during conditioning. I know alot of bloodworms is bad for the betta's health, so is it just bloodworms, or a little bloodworms everyday, or what? Just wondering. Thanks!)
Next problem is, is that the male hasn't built a bubblenest. He seems to be very interested in the female, and vise-versa, but Luke hasn't built a bubble-nest. I have seen someone who put a styrofoam cup to encourage a bubble-nest, but I don't know why. Is there a way to encourage the bubble-nest?
Also, as expected, it has been 1 day and the female doesn't have breeding bars. I guess there is nothing to do but wait in that part.
Lastly (actually, there are probably problems I forgot), she doesn't have any food for if there are fry. She knows that fry need food smaller than crushed flakes, but she hasn't done anything about it.
I guess it is somewhat ir-responsible of her, but I want to help make sure there are as few casualties as possible. I can't talk her out if it, I know you all would suggest I try if I didn't post that (which is a good thing), but it is useless.
Sorry for the sad, but true story.
Please help. Thanks!