Originally Posted by indjo
How did you introduce them?
Try using a different female to set the mood of the male..... say alternately float 2 Or 3 different females each day. When he has a big nest (about 3 days later), release the female you want to breed. Be sure that she was in total solitary - can't see other bettas, specially males.
Do not use that many hiding places for the female. .... yes I know this is risky for her but the male must quickly be ready - before her. Hiding places will allow her to rest, away from the male. Thus while her eggs ripens, he is not.
Another way is to use a rather docile male so she won't be attacked when she approaches the nest. But a previously known docile male may not be so docile in his following spawn.
The way that I usually introduce her to him is first floating her in the tank for 1 day after conditioning so it will give the male time to build the nest (If he decides to build one), but if he doesn't build one I still release her to avoid her dropping the eggs too soon. This project, he did build a nest that was very small and I released her either way because he was going to make it bigger anyway.
I do not have ANY other females
. I know, I know. There should be a back up pair. Though with this project I got a reverse trio. 2Males 1Female. Though I should be getting some more female possibly (im guessing) 1 week to 2 weeks right now. Though I don't know for sure. It may even be longer.
When you said, About 2-3 females a day do you mean switch the females everyday? And then when he has a big bubblenest release the female (AFTER) three days (being that he still has a big bubblenest)?
Ah that makes sense! So I'l just have the live plants and no other decorations. I had it like that before when I had Bowen ( the more aggressive male ) with her. You can see in my avatar maybe that he has really taken his tole on her. He stripped her whole anal fin and she only had 1/3 of her caudal with less than half of the dorsal. I immediately took her out because she looked like she was literally going to die.
I have a docile male as well, but he isn't breeding quality. He was the free cull that came with the order of the reverse trio. Also I have had that happen. A docile male and then I used him a third time and that time he wasn't very "kind" and "sweet." He was actually VERY aggressive and I do recall him finally flaring at most of everything around him. The female would usually tear a good amount of his fins off and she he was the one to chase her.
Thanks indjo for clarifying this all! And help is really appreciated from you!