Originally Posted by Thomasdog
I am planning on breeding two halfmoon bettas, (male) a blue one, and (female) and red/gold one.
- I really don't understand the whole 'conditioning' thing. Please explain in very much detail with step by step instructions.
- How will I be able to tell when the female has eggs and is ready to go in with the boy?
- Will I need two tanks?
- What kind?
- What supplies?
- Can the babies be together or will they eat eachother?
Hi there Thomas, welcome to the breeding section. Not lets see what I can do for you.
Conditioning - in short you are feeding them more and better food stuffs. Such as frozen blood worms, betta pellets, etc. Feeding them at least twice a day makes them believe it has become a better season and they will start getting ready. This also helps them store up a lot of energy and fat reserves, they will need this. The reason is when you put them in the breeding tank you usually wont be feeding them, because the disturbance can ruin the breeding, or cause them to eat the eggs(the male usually). While you take the female out as soon as they finish spawning, the male stays with the fry and eggs until they fry are free swimming. Some people leave the male in to help cull the spawn as well.
Okay the female will begin to swell and get eggy which is a great sign of maturity and readiness to mate. They will flare at each other move in an S pattern this shows they are wanting to mate. The male will build a bubblenest, and lead the female to it. She may decide to mate then or run away from the nest saying she is not ready. There will be chasing and fin nipping this is normal.
As for the two tanks, it depends on the size of the tank. You can breed in a 5 gal, and let the fry get a bit bigger but they will need to be transferred to a min of a 10 gal for a grow out. Most say a 20 gal is ideal. So if you just start in a 10-20 gal you shouldn't have to transfer or need two tanks.
you will need the following. A heater so the water stays approximately 84 degrees if I remember right. A sponge filter so that the water can stay clean and the fry don't get sucked up. A bunch of live plants would be ideal. You don't need snails, but many find they help and create microorganisms the fry will feed on. You will need a way of keeping the air in the tank very humid, as this is ideal for the fry(you can plastic wrap it if needed)
You will need fry food in advance. Microworms and Baby Brine Shrimp are ideal but you can use egg yolk too.
The fry can stay together until about 3 months when the males begin getting aggressive. At this point you will need to jar the fry.
Be prepared to spent lots of time looking after your fry. They need to be feed several times a day. You will be spending an enormous amount of time and yes money on this under taking. Be prepared for the possible hundreds of fry you could be getting. Do they have homes to go to?