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Old 02-23-2011, 07:13 PM   #1 
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First time spawning help?

I am currently trying to spawn my male and female VT's. It's my first time trying this. I've had betta's for a while now but only recently have become interested in breeding.

Currently, the male has made a HUGE bubble nest and the female is showing the vertical bars. But there's a problem. They've been playing 'follow the leader' for almost two whole days now. @__@
Should I be worried? Or is this normal? And is there anything else I can do to help?

All comments/ help would be appreciated. :)
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:37 PM   #2 
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Hmm... No one's been harmed? With the last pair I tried to breed, they just never took interest in each other. They were together for about two days as well before I decided that they weren't going to breed. Maybe it's the same situation, they're just too buddy buddy.

By the way, most people here are going to tell you not to breed veiltales unless you have somewhere to home them all.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:07 PM   #3 
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Could you tell us more about your set up? How long did you condition the fish? What is your spawning set up like? Size of tank, height of water, temperature, decorations, additives??

Do you have all the equipment you need to feed and house the fry?

Like Chelseak said most of us try to discourage VT breedings unless you are aware that the fry will be hard to place, some people can't even give VT fry away.. they're just so common. But as long as you realize all this and have a plan for the fry you shouldn't get a hard time.

As far as "follow the leader" could you explain exactly what they are doing?
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:34 PM   #4 
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I have a 10 gallon tank filled up to about 6 inches or so. I have a heater set at 82F. There are tons of plastic floating plants for the female to hide in (7-9 of them), a small hollow treasure chest, and a greek pillar. They've been conditioned for 2 weeks, feeding them bloodworms and microworms.

As for the behavior, the male will flare and strut at the female. She shows some interest and follows him around. But whenever she gets close to the nest the male chases her off. And she goes and hides. :(



Yes, I have many friends who would like to have a betta or three :) (That's my reason for spawning them.)
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:37 PM   #5 
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Yep.. that sounds like normal behavior to me. He's not finished with his nest so he's not ready to spawn yet. Just leave them be (as long as he's not attacking her).
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:45 PM   #6 
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Yeah I noticed that he keeps on adding to the nest. So he will spawn when he's ready? haha.
No one's getting shredded either, so I'll leave them be. :)

Thanks for all the help!
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:48 PM   #7 
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No problem and good luck. It sounds like you have a nice peaceful pair.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:52 PM   #8 
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Thanks! Yeah they're relatively calm. :)
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:21 PM   #9 
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Do you have gravel in the tank??
I wanted to mae sure because it seems it's decorated, the bottom should be bare.
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:39 PM   #10 
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Should be bare? oohhh. So should I take out the gravel?
The male already made his nest and I don't want to disturb it and ruin it. :/
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