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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-19-2018, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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I have recently got 3 Betta fish, One veiltail (female)Bonnie, Two half moons (Male/Female)Clyde and Hellcat.

I have a 2.5 and a 1 gallon tank with filters and heaters! So it’s been about a week and my wife and I have been eagerly watching their behavior since they are our first fish. Our male half moon, Clyde started building a bubble nest and it got to a considerable size, taking up a corner of the tank. At this point we had the two females on one side of the 2.5 gal and Clyde on the left side.

Our idea was that if he can see/sense then he’d be more motivated to get to work and it seemed like it worked. So we decided to try having our half moon female, hellcat join Clyde for some baby making and it went bad. After five minutes Clyde chased Hellcat around the tank biting at her fins, he messed her up really good so we put her in the 1 gal tank we called the medical tank so she can heal and not be stressed out anymore.

Today, Clyde rebuilt his nest to an even larger extent and so we decided to have Veiltail, Bonnie join Clyde for a bit and so far it’s been good, he’s pursuing her but not biting just a few nudges here and there. They’d separate for a time and he sits at the nest waiting or guarding.

Of course his gills flare and he follows her around but his aggressiveness is a lot less than with our other half moon so we were thinking it might be the breed. For now we plan to keep them together for a few more hours to see for compatibility and then separate them to give our male time to rebuild his nest again since he and bonnie broke it during the pursuit. Plan on giving updates on Hellcat though since she’s pretty hurt.

Any advice for us since we are very new to the fish care?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-19-2018, 08:11 PM
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All of your bettas should be kept separately, including the females. If you continue as you are doing, you run the risk of one or more fish being badly injured (as you've already seen) or even killed. These fish are solitary by nature and should not be kept together except for breeding.

Breeding bettas is not something to be taken lightly. Conditioning is needed to ensure that both fish are in peak physical condition, and it's not uncommon for one or both fish to die during or after the breeding process. For her own safety, the female must be removed from the tank as soon as they have finished spawning as the male will become very hostile towards her and will attack her should she approach the nest.

Then there's the raising of the fry. Unlike livebearers and other species of fish, betta fry will only accept live foods. Without them, most if not all the fry will starve to death in the first few days. Then you need to start thinking about grow-out tanks and jarring, and the daily or near daily water changes that will be required for the next few months.

The whole process is a huge undertaking for both humans and fish.
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