hey guys im new to the forums, looks like a great place for info! anyways my names preston. ive kept betta for (and salwater fish) for a good number of years now however ive never attempted to breed bettas. Ive had a 5 gallon aquarium for sometime now with a few tetras and such, anyways ive given the fish that were in the aquarium a new home and ive just placed on ive my male veiltail in the aquarium pictured below. the aquarium is simple, its kept at 78f with a substrate of brown gravel, sparsely planted with a few larger rocks.. im using a regular "hang on the back" filter that came with the simple setup (at walmart lol). would it be possible to breed my male with a female i have in this current setup? ive done my research and i figure if i keep the male solo in the tank for a few days, add some floating plants and then float the female in a jar for a good period that this may actually work.. any advice?
Hello and welcome to the forum.
Breeding bettas is a lot of work and definitely time consuming and you costly, definitely to a lot of research and read all the stickys on here.
Other than that, your setup sounds good. I've bred and raised bettas in a 5 gal with no problems. You would want to leave the filter out though because it will destroy the males bubblenest. If you wanna use a filter go with a sponge filter. Also have you conditioned or will condition the male and female?
thanks guys! ill keep you updated, also; this female show alot of agression towards my males, is this a good thing or a bad thing? usually its the other way around..
Have you done any research on breeding betta? If not I highly recommend bettysplendens.com or any of the sticky's we have available here. Truth is that so many people join the forum and want to breed without doing any research and then when they have a problem instead of looking it up they ask the forum members. This wouldn't be a problem if it didn't happen as frequently as it does. I know that you are just curious and that's wonderful that you want to ensure the safety of your betta's. I would just do a bit of searching on what behaviors female betta
exhibit when ready to spawn.
thanks again for the help guys, ive been to that site and many more and have been researching and debating on doing it or not for a few months now, ive tried in the past with the normal "tub setup", however the eggs never hatched.. im not doing this for profit and i do understand the grow out procedure and i have a 55g i can use for that when the time comes. im just wondering however; what if the waters not 6 inches deep, what if there is gravel and decor..? would the bettas not breed in this kind of "classic" setup i guess you would say? I understand that fewer eggs will be found by the male but like i said im really not doing this for a few hundred babies or money.. if this wont work ill remove the gravel and larger stones i just kind of wanted my pair to feel as if their in a some what natural habitat if that makes sense lol..
i added a few more plants today, ive also floated the female in a jar.. they should already be conditioned with the diet you mentioned above, thats pretty much all my bettas ever eat.. i plan on leaving the filter on while i condition them for three more days and then removing it.. then i plan on adding floating plants and waiting on the male to build a nest before her release but in more or less words do i just let the tank get kind of dirty during the breeding of the pair? ill post more pics soon!
Last edited by preston777; 10-23-2011 at 05:55 PM.