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Old 12-17-2011, 04:41 PM   #1 
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Question on Female

I hate being a pain in arse,but I have a question on how to tell if a Female is ready!
I have a Female who really has a pot belly,I know that the egg spot is always present and she will develop the bars.
Will she wait untill I put her in the chimney in the breeding tank with the Male to develop the bars?
If she was a live bearer I would say that she is showing signs of being pregnant by the looks of her,just not sure of Bettas!!!
Thank you in advance and any help will be greatly appreciated!!!
I still say Bettas are Puppies with fins!!!!
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:22 PM   #2 
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Mature females have unripe eggs all the time that they regularly either-drop and eat or not or reabsorb them.....so she has the eggs already...but they may not be ripe.....

You have a hormone/pheromone thing that happens-once the female detects the male it triggers the eggs to ripen and once the male detects the females ripe eggs- triggers him to want to spawn..... a bit of a chicken and egg thing...lol...

When the female is ready- you may or may not have the breeding bars-not all females show them-but nearly all of them will follow the male in a head down submissive position....

If properly pre-conditioned-once you see the female trying to follow him head down in the separate container-release her....some of the pre-spawning behavior is the chase too-but in a closed system it is important to have the tank setup properly to prevent too much damage to either of them-some nip fins and missing scales can be viewed as normal.....but this can vary from spawn to spawn...even with the same breeding pair....
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:29 PM   #3 
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Thank you!!
Well I put her in the chimney,in the breeding tank.
They both started flaring and he started blowing bubbles under the cup-now it is wait and see.
All my fish only get the best food,live,frozen and dry.
I am particular about that,in fact my plants get the best ferts. also!
So,now it begins!!
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:03 PM   #4 
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I released the Female today.
They started doing the egg thing this afternoon!!!
Now I will see what happens next,how long do they normaly drop eggs?
Thanks for the help,I will keep you posted on the developments.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:17 PM   #5 
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The spawning/embrace can last anywhere from an hour to 10-12 hours....I have had some spawn for 2 days when they had embrace problems....

You know they are done when the male won't let the female come back to the nest and the female should be removed-best to keep her in QT for at lest 24h to recover and fed well.....

Sometimes he will drive her away and let her come back a couple of times and sometimes the female will leave to rest for awhile and the male will go get her for another round....it can vary....
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:07 PM   #6 
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I took the Female out last evening,today the Male is still working the nest.
I saw him pick up a few eggs and put them back in the nest.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:42 PM   #7 
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Congrats on the eggs. <3 You have your foods ready?
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:59 PM   #8 
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Yes,I have Bannana,Micro,and Walter Worms,Vinager Worms,and Golden Pearls in the smaller Rotifer sizes.
I have these for my Killies also.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:28 AM   #9 
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Best of luck with your spawn.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:23 PM   #10 
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Checked them this afternoon after work,I have babies!!!
Not a large spawn,about 3 dozen,sometimes a small first spawn is best.
Not only my first spawn but the Bettas as well.
I will see if I can get a decent pic.,if not I will when they get a little bigger.
Right now they look like 2 eyeballs on a piece of string!!
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