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Old 02-24-2011, 08:57 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Help! daddy doesn't care about the babies

It was 4 days until my male and female betta's agreed to hug each other. Last night, when I was taking a picture with my tetra tank, I've noticed my betta tank and they were embracing each other and when I look closely here's what I've noticed:
-The eggs were on the ground (10+ eggs).
-After they hug each other, I don't see daddy betta is placing the eggs on the bubble nest but instead he gasp for air and makes more bubble nest.
-I saw daddy betta eat some eggs (I think 3 of them) while falling to ground.

what does this means? They are on a 5 gallon tank with live plants and a heater set to 80degrees F. Right now mommy betta is still on the tank and I'm afraid to remove her 'cause daddy betta might get angry and cause him to eat the eggs (if there are some).
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:16 PM   #2 
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You should ALWAYS remove the female after they spawn. If not the male will see her as a threat and may attack her.

What is your setup like? You have three separate tanks right? And a bigger tank for when the fry get big?

What foods do you have for the fry?
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:32 PM   #3 
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Thanks turtle10 for quick response.

Okay I'll remove the female as soon as I got home.
Yes, I have a reserved tanks for the fry.
I have brine eggs and will hatch as soon as I see a fry. I also have a frozen blood worm but some says brine shrimp is the best compare to blood worms.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:52 PM   #4 
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Thanks turtle10 for quick response.

Okay I'll remove the female as soon as I got home.
Yes, I have a reserved tanks for the fry.
I have brine eggs and will hatch as soon as I see a fry. I also have a frozen blood worm but some says brine shrimp is the best compare to blood worms.
For the fry I recommend newly hatched baby brine shrimp, microworms, daphnia, vinegar eels and stuff like that. They probably won't develop very well with only one type of live food. There is a thread in the breeding section that lists all sorts of fry food.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:00 PM   #5 
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Thanks for the tip Turtle10.

It keeps bugging my mind. Why does daddy betta doesn't care about the ones on the ground? I've read some articles that "it mustn't been a good egg thats why he left them" but my daddy betta didn't even sniff on the egg (I think he might not saw it). And why he's not catching the egg while falling to the ground he just keeps embracing the mommy betta and doesn't care for the eggs after all. Is my daddy betta isn't a good father? or He's too young? How can I spot whether my betta is a full grown betta?
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He probably could just sense somehow that the eggs were bad. Maybe they didn't fertilize right. Was it their first time?
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Yes, its their first time.
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That may be why.
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I agree with Turtle. The eggs may be infertile.
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:04 AM   #10 
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Too bad for me.. what should I do?
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