Before even considering betta fish breeding one of the most important things to remember is that older females may not produce eggs or be to weak for the male. The good news is that in captivity the betta splenden is one of the easiest fish to breed assuming you have the correct water conditions, and tank set up.
Even if your a complete novice just by following some basic rules you should be able to easily breed healthy, gorgeous betta fish. Perhaps the most difficult challenges you will find is in trying to grow your fry. The fry will typically stay in their bubble nest for approximately 36 hours as their gills develop,
You will notice about 2 days later the fry emerging from the bubble nest. The father will begin scooping up the young that are sinking to the bottom and bringing them to the surface. When you first notice that the babies are swimming on their own (not just hanging) but freely moving horizontally you must remove the father otherwise he may begin eating the fry.
Be very careful to not net the fry as you do this as they can be very difficult to see. The best approach is to lure the male away from the nest before trying to net him. Once he has been successfully removed be sure he has clean water.
The optimum temperature for breeding betta fish is about 28 degrees Celsius (82F), however many breeders have achieved great results with temperatures in the 84F degree range It is highly recommended that you also have the cover plate in place to create a humid air space above the surface of the water.
It is not unusual to notice the occasional dead fry so don’t be alarmed if you find a few of them dead. Many hatch to weak or malformed to survive the initial 10 days. If on the other hand you notice a large amount of dead frys or see them dying daily, than you have a problem that must be corrected immediately. Either there is a problem your water conditions or a disease and harmful bacteria may be present.
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