Originally Posted by jschristian44
id really like to not spend any more money, ive already invested over 200 dollars for all my fish stuff so far.
This is why I always end up repeating myself... breeding bettas is NOT cheap and is VERY time consuming! Compared to what I've spent $200 is a a drop in the bucket. I come home during my lunch break to feed my fry and in the afternoons I spend a good 2 hours between water changes, feeding and water preparation for the next water change.
Frozen foods is the best option after live food but always mix it up with a good
pellet to complement their nutritional value. Feed 2 or 3 times a day... this is why you will need the DAILY water changes for those 2 weeks of conditioning. Your pair should be the epitome of healthy fish.
I don't let my fish see eachother exclusively until they are in the breeding tank which is filled with 4 inches of super clean water, live plants, a heater and 1 floating IAL for bubblenest.
The tank should be covered to help the bubblenest stick together and keep the humidity in for when you do have eggs and fry. Also, if you see the female glass surfing and the male looking out the tank a lot, try wrapping it with a towel, it'll keep their attention inside the tank.
For what comes after, you really need to understand betta behavior and that's where the hours of study come in... even then you will not be fully prepared since every betta is different.
When they tell you that the female has to be swimming at a 45 degree angle, it means SWIMMING not just backing up when the male approaches. The male shouldn't be hitting the glass with his face but doing their S shape dance next to it then swimming to his bubble nest and looking back to see if the female has followed... this is all while she's still in the glass. Once this goes on (usually for 2-4 days) and the male has built his small or large nest then you release the female. If you see a lot of aggression it might be a good idea to place her back in the glass and wait until they start interacting more.
With my last spawn I had to do this twice and once I last released the female, she went straight to the nest and started bumping the male to get him to wrap around her. They were very successful, gave me TONS of eggs and didn't damage eachother's fins.
Of course, after all this comes the really fun, nerve wrecking part of raising and caring for a ton of babies... I'm surprised I still have nails left.