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Old 01-26-2012, 06:47 PM   #1 
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Breeding help!

Hi! so me and my roommate bought these two really pretty betta fish named Mufasa and Sarabi. We're new to this so we need some help.

I have done a lot of research and reading because we planned on mating them. We conditioned them for a week or so and whatnot. We finally put them together overnight and nothing happened and we took her out. His nest started to dissipate but I read some articles and thought maybe we'd been to hasty to separate them so we put them back together.

Then the next night, they finally spawned! but i didn't see any eggs!!! dropping, on the ground, or in the nest! and they embraced a lot...

So, my question is, is this normal? Should we condition them for a week or two and then try again? How long are you supposed to wait between spawnings?
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:11 PM   #2 
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First off I never recommend breeding fish unless you have had them for over a month, second what method are you using, and third how did you condition them?
Breeding fish takes care and a lot of time you and wind up with hundreds of babies if you do it right. Also somtimes it takes many many times for fish to learn how to embrace if you have done more research it should have stated somewhere that first time fish can take up to days to learn.
I recommend reading the stickies at the top of the threads, they have some good info.
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:12 PM   #3 
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EDIT to add: I agree on the month things. This gives them time to settle and you time to look for signs of illness or parasites.

Either you didn't see the eggsat the time(check the nest now by shining a lightup at it) or the female didn't have any ready to drop.

Separate, condition for two weeks. Use the two weeks to read up some more on the breeding process and get ready for the fry. :)

What set up do you have?

How didyou condition them?

What food do you have for the fry?
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:21 PM   #4 
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Alright. We'll give them more time.
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:24 PM   #5 
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If you have pics we might be able to help more :)
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:33 PM   #6 
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10 gallon with plants and a heater and floating stuff for nest that he seems to like. cant really put pix up cuz cameras being uncooperative. He's rebuilding his nest.
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:42 PM   #7 
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Sounds good.
Is the tank bare bottom? sometimes eggs can get caught between rocks/gravel.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:22 PM   #8 
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ya, theres nothing on the ground. we FINALLY got them to spawn and shes EATING ALL OF THE EGGS! lol will she eat all of them?
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:50 PM   #9 
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If she is done spawning and releasing the eggs, you should remove her to her own tank again, and that way the male can pick up the eggs and put them back in the nest. I'm not sure if she'd eat them all, probably not if the male's already putting some back in the nest. But if they're done spawning you need to remove her or the male could kill her while trying to protect the nest.

I'm new to breeding Bettas too, but I've been raising fish for about 10 years and I've been doing a TON of research on Betta breeding! :P There's some great articles on this site about breeding them. (I hope it's ok if i post this link, if not the moderators can remove it). http://www.bettaterritory.nl/BT-Breedingmain.htm

I hope that helps!
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:18 PM   #10 
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Some females eat them.If she ate them all, and does so again should you try to re-breed her in time. Then you may need a different female.

Bettaterretory is a GREAT site. You can also look at their past spawns and see what they get from different color/tail combinations.
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