Hey! :D First thread on here, so don't kill me if I'm doing this wrong!!
Okay, so I have 8 betta's. Four males, four females; all married and happy! So I decided that I'd start breeding my fish. I chose my strongest pair, also the couple whom I dearly love the most! Benny & Lady. Though they aren't my prettiest, I was sure the fry would be great. They've both been in good health. No ick, no popeye, no funky swimming... Benny has always been my little bubble-nest builder. Lady, I bought her due to her vertical stripes (this was before I was aware of the stripes and the meanings of them).
Anyway, I bought a nice ten gallon tank (no vents, not filters, nada). When I placed them in it the first time, I had a small fish bowl that Lady was in, in the ten gallon, where Benny was, with three styrofoam cups (just the top ring). This gave Benny to build his bubble nest (it turned out massive! About the size of a normal pancake) while Lady didn't interfere. But it gave them the chance to get used to each other (but they live next to each other, always.). Anyway, this spawning was a fail, due to my idiot-ness, I ruined his bubblenest. :( So I fixed some problems, and tried again. This time leaving her right next to the ten gallon, so they still could see each other. I kept him covered, and the water temp. just right. Every thing was going well. He build a bubble nest, not as large, but about the size of a normal palm. When I put Lady in the ten gallon, they swam around for a hour or so, and Benny was massive! He was so beautiful! He would circle her, stop under his nest, swim the tank, go up to her, go to the nest, swim more, then work on the nest for a bit, and repeat. After about a hour, when Lady decided to sit at the bottom of the tank, he got mad, flared up really large, with his gils, went right in front of her, opened his mouth huge, and slowly approached her, until she freaked out! She swam faster then I've had any fish swim, she sorta messed up his nest, was trying to jump out of the water, then cowered in the corner. And they repeated this like three times, before I removed Lady for an hour. After an hour, I tried again, but Lady was so tried, and Benny stared to scare her again.... So I finally took them out, tried Rose, but they tried to fight, so I removed her, and put them in their original homes.
Anyway, I guess my question is:
WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED?!?
Did I miss something? She had vertical stripes. He had a bubble nest.
Unless I was doing it right, and should have left her in there........ But I really just can't come up with a reason why it didn't work!
PLEASE HELP ME!!!!
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