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Old 03-04-2011, 01:39 PM   #31 
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Soft lights! Wine! Micheal Bolton music! Silk sheets! Arrrgggh! :(
Hahah I wish it was that easy! I'm hoping that since it's both of their's first time that it'll just take a bit longer than usual... I might separate them and introduce her again in a few hours. BUT I wanted to wait until I got some suggestions lol
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:06 PM   #32 
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I'm not one of those who likes to constantly remove the female. As long as they are being peaceful towards one another I say let them be. If they start to get too aggressive then I would take them out and re-condition.

I've had a pair that was similar.. just swimming around happy as can be and took 4 days to spawn. After that I started using the 5 gallon instead of the 10 gallon because I think 10 gallons may make it too easy for them to loose one another.
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:07 PM   #33 
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Thanks for the suggestion! Since I'm still a newbie, I didn't know what method would work best with them. I typically opt for the more natural circumstances, but I'm here to learn, not to stick to my ways hahah. I'll still leave them be. The male lost a bit of fin chasing the female early on in the spawning, but it's not major and they both still seem active and healthy. I'll just keep track of them!
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:15 PM   #34 
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Gorgeous fish! How exciting, they look so cute together!!!
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:25 PM   #35 
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Yeah.. with males with really long fins like his there's really no escaping fin damage unless they get right down to business with little/no chasing. Their fins get torn just from the excessive chasing through plants/hides, etc not even from actual biting. Usually it heals right up though in about a week after taking them out of the tank IME
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:50 PM   #36 
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It is common for the female to test the male by nipping his fins. The female wants a nice strong male that can defend the nest because only the strongest and smartest survive in the wild. She probably nudged his side first to entice him to wrap her and she nipped his fins when he did not do what she expected. She may have rejected him. If she is not head down in a submissive posture it might be a good idea to try again in at least 2 weeks after reconditioning. You could also try another female after reconditioning. IME, it is not uncommon for male betta imports to be TDTB(too dumb to breed).

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Old 03-05-2011, 12:23 AM   #37 
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How about a nice candlelight bloodworm dinner. lol
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:36 AM   #38 
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sign me up to have a male with the females coloring. I would love to have one of them to breed with my metallic MG female.
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:47 AM   #39 
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Well... I never would have guessed getting bettas to breed would be so tricky. I always read about how the bettas can be damaged in breeding, and to watch out for aggressive behavior... but nothing about this kind of situation...
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Old 03-05-2011, 02:57 PM   #40 
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Well the same old same old happened... Nothing lol. They really seemed like they were engaging each other but it is starting to seem like the female rejected the male like dragonlady said. I've separated them to rest and feed them. I may try another pair, or I might just wait the two weeks for this pair to recuperate. They've been the closest to spawning! Why do none of my bettas like each other?? LOL. Oh well this is yet another good learning process... Sorry for those excited about the babies :(
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