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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-14-2020, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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But there's no male in the tank. Are the eggs goners? Can they be moved to a bubble nesting males tank?
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Unless the eggs were fertilized by a male as they were laid, they're not viable and there's nothing that can be done to make them hatch.

Not all females will absorb their eggs when they get too "full", some will lay them- as you found out :) I've only had one female do so and it was pretty neat to watch! As far as I know there's nothing bad or dangerous about them laying vs absorbing, just try and make sure to vacuum the eggs out of the tank within a couple of days so you don't get an ammonia spike.


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Unless the eggs were fertilized by a male as they were laid, they're not viable and there's nothing that can be done to make them hatch.

Not all females will absorb their eggs when they get too "full", some will lay them- as you found out :) I've only had one female do so and it was pretty neat to watch! As far as I know there's nothing bad or dangerous about them laying vs absorbing, just try and make sure to vacuum the eggs out of the tank within a couple of days so you don't get an ammonia spike.
Ok, good to know. I have no idea how long they were there but she was nibbling on them already. >.>
I was going in to clean out the tank so I got a good portion. She's working on finishing the rest. (ugh yuck)
Now I'm wondering if I should move her since she seems comfortable in that tank. It's just so small!
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You could still move her with out a problem. I think you found out the issues to begin with though> Nut is a great girl and her actions although not really normal for us are very normal for her. Just continue to love her.
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Some Betta seem to prefer smaller tanks....much to the dismay of humans who always think bigger is better.

Personally, if she is happy I would leave her right where she is. How large is the tank that you are concerned?
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Some Betta seem to prefer smaller tanks....much to the dismay of humans who always think bigger is better.

Personally, if she is happy I would leave her right where she is. How large is the tank that you are concerned?
She's in the 2.5g hospital tank at the moment. It's where she's been for 2 weeks since the fin tear and my trip and then the flu..

I actually moved her back to the 45 briefly (the temp and parameters are all nearly identical), I let her float for a bit, dimmed the lights while she rested and then let her loose and she was off. Seemed ok checking everything out top to bottom and front to back, but then she was chasing fish she'd never cared about before, and then she just started pacing the back tank wall and her color faded incredibly. I finally got her attention away from the pacing but she didn't seem hungry and more agitated than anything. So... I put her back in the 2.5g after a while.

Really hate to juggle her through tanks but... She's had better color in the 2.5, she even spawned her own eggs for crying out loud. Yet she does swim about a lot in there which is why I thought something a bit larger would be ok and enjoyable. Now I'm thinking the 5g or 10g may be the best bet, the 10g I'm still setting up but there's nothing else in it yet, just rocks and plants and sand instead of gravel.. and some snail eggs. Perhaps a tank all her own is really what she needs. Though I'd like to get Orion in to the 10g or similar because he hates being stalked by my cat and the 5g is very open, even with the lid being see through.

Maybe a 5g would be good for Nut?

Edit: I have learned through many fish that bigger is not always better, regardless of their energy level or what have you, sometimes a cosy home is all they want/need. I attempted the 45 switch because she'd been in there before and I thought that would be an ideal return for her. I just got the sense that it would not be better overnight and didn't want to find her torn apart tomorrow or stressed or... whatever.

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You make a lot of sense and I think she will be doing just fine. She's in very good hands.
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