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I have a betta (you may have heard of my Blue DevilFish) who I would really love to reproduce. Mostly because he's beautiful, but also because, as the creature who called me back to the species, I am especially fond of him and think it would be fitting to make him my first "DaddyFish"

I have tried him twice, but now have questions before I try again:

> First off, he's particularly violent, and scares the lady fishies, despite my conditioning as per the majority of the information I've found.
To be fair, many people talk about leaving a pair together for several days, but I always get frightened for my female and pull her out in the same day... Does that make a huge difference? I might have been bold enough to leave them longer the first time, except that I had work, and refuse to leave them unsupervised for ten hours.

> He's black, white and royal with a hint of turquoise, butterfly patterned, I believe. I bought him as HM, but debate with myself occasionally about whether this is correct, or is he a super-delta?
Anyhow, since I have no concept of what the "hidden genes" may be, what would be my best chance of staying close to what he is?

> Lastly, My boy has slight curling in his fins, particularly the ventral and anal fins. I was told that this was from being kept in such a small area whilst he was growing, and that sometimes, if they're young enough, it grows out. But not long ago, I read that curled fins are a genetic trait (fault).
Is this true? And if so, how would it most likely affect offspring? Is there any chance that it could be bred out of a line fairly quickly, or is it a more tenacious gene?
 

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The female in question -always- shows breeding stripes, until she's taken a pretty good beating (and during 100% water changes... she hates those small spaces!), and she "flirts" through the glass like she wants to.

There's a large "Amazon Sword" and some not so tall java fern, plus a few strands of Egeria planted on aprx. 1/3 of the tank, floating Egeria, Bacopa and a small bit of Java Moss. Also, there -was- dwarf grass, but they made a mess of it, and the Wisteria just up and died, except for one little frond that floated to the top and tossed out a couple little roots (?).

There's also a skull-cave ornament, and a pile of river rocks, which appear to be her comfort zone (she'll race down, wriggle between them and sit completely motionless to where sometimes I can't see her!), as well as a couple of medium sized shells. I tried to set it up so that most of the hidey-holes were too tight of a fit for him to fit his fins in after her.

I did float her, the first time in a plastic container (as recommended on a different site) for a day; the second in a large pickle jar, for a couple of hours less than 2 days.

This male is the only one of my fish who lives completely isolated, as he harasses everyone even through the glass. My other bettas all live on the same shelf, across from my community tank (which needs to be either up-sized or thinned out pretty soon) because it's a good fish spot, IMHO.

I know that it's normal for one or both bettas to end up battered at the end, but what happens if I wake up and she's dead?! I worry about that... I don't like dead fish, and I am fond of all of my swimmery things. How likely do you think it is that this is possible? Do you think I should try again?

Is there a possibility that it's the particular pairing, or would he be just as nasty with another -maybe more snarky- female?

I'm really looking for an experienced (not necessarily expert) opinion on this.
One can read everything one can get one's hands on, but in all honesty, there's nothing like first hand accounts and experience.
 

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Method 1
1. Make female aggressive - as aggressive as you can. Flare her regularly during the conditioning period for about 5-15 minutes. If possible to a female with similar colors to male. IME, aggressive females breeds faster.
2. Make sure she is in "breeding mode" so when you float her, she flirts.
3. Float her on Thursday/Friday so you can hawkeye the pair during the week end. If possible use lamp chimney or something with holes so each could sense the other.
4. Before mid day (80% of mine spawn in the morning) hawkeye your female. If she is less active, head down (totally submissive) - release her. . . . she should almost immediately spawn. If the male is too aggressive, it may take longer.

Every male is different. If this male is too aggressive (after the above methods), perhaps you may want to use a different male.
I had no idea that you could make the females more aggressive... It never even occurred to me. Like I said, she's always acted like she's ready. In fact, the first time I dumped her in, she saw the male and his nest and immediately did the head down thing. So, I just set her next to the female next door for a bit each day, huh?
 
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