Who would like to breed betta fish?
If so you continue to be here. The most important thing is that the betta fish needs to be cared for 24 hours for 6-8 months. If you think you can handle it, go on reading.
Here are the some proven steps about how to breed betta fish with the easy ways.
- Betta Fish Breeding Tank Setup
- Betta Fish Breeding Equipment
- Choosing a Breeding Pair
- How To Condition Bettas For Breeding
- Introduce The Female
- Release The Female
- Caring for Betta Fry
1. How Do We Set Up Our Breeding Betta Tank
To begin, you will want to set up both tanks, one for the male (the breeding tank) and other one for the female.
Set up each tank as normal tank as we do in this article. If you set your tank up someplace that is quiet, it would be great your betta fish because they like privacy. In addition, do not use any gravel in the breeding tank because the eggs might settle in it, leave it bare bottomed and place the live plants in the female tank.
This is necessary to have hiding places because of combative nature of the males when breeding. Plants become hiding places and male doesn’t catch female too easily. Also organisms will grow on the plants that are small enough food source for the fry.
Buoy the styrofoam cup or almond leaves securely in the breeding tank.
As for lighting, using dim light will be good for the betta fish, as I said before, they like privacy.
Make sure everything is fine in the tank by the way there are as much beneficial bacteria families in the sponge filter. Add the heater and set it to 26.7 °C (80 °F).
2. List of Betta Breeding Equipment
All of these items are not necessary to breed Betta fish. In addition, we suggest you look over the list and read through the whole post before you start any breeding.
Here! Betta fish breeding equipment list:
- Two empty 5-gallon aquariums
- Sponge filter
- A fish net
- 2 or more floating live plants
- Styrofoam cup
- Aquarium heater (set to 80 °F (26.7 °C)
- Removable seperator
3. Choosing A Breeding Pair
When it comes to selecting the breeding pair, you need to think about the type of betta you are trying to create. What type or color you want. The bettas absolutely should be healthy (I will give you some tips). Can your bettas swim properly in the tank? Make sure they don’t have any sign of disease and no infection. Also you should check their scales and fins, no sign of fungus, damages. In additional to these, we can’t skip their ages. Bettas are at their top for breeding between 5 and 8 months. I don’t recommend old fish because they can produce mutt-babies.
4. How To Condition Bettas For Breeding
If you want them to breed, you need to make sure that the fish are conditioned so that they are able to breed efficiently. To do this you will need to start feeding them 2 to 4 times in a day with high quality food. Best way to do this is live foods. This process should be at least 2 weeks, more experienced breeders will allow even longer.
- Live brine shrimp
- Finely chopped meat
If you can’t find any live foods,If you don’t have access to live foods, frozen substitutes will also work.
5. Introduce the Female
After a few weeks, here is the exciting part. This process should be do slowly and carefully. Most popular and easiest way to do this is using a seperator in the breeding tank. The other method is placing the tanks next to each other, so they can see each other clearly, but they are not together.
Watch them a few days to notice some signals.
Signals of the male Betta
- He turns a deeper shade of color
- He will start to flare his fins in an attempt to impress the female.
- He may have built his nest.
- Male will start chasing the female.
Signals of the female betta
- She turns a deeper shade of color
- A small white egg tube will stick out just behind the ventral fin.
- Vertical stripes may appear on her body.
- She may chase the male.
- She will move into position with her head down.
If some of these signals occur, then do your move and remove the seperator!
6. Release the Female
When male made nest you can release the female into the tank. Generally it happens 12-24 hours after first introducing.
Now you can remove the seperator and allow the female to reach the whole tank (we recommend turn off the filter).
Probably she will inspect the tank and nest. If she wants to damage the nest immediately remove her. Most likely she will be okay.
Our hero will start to show her his impressive and run after her. This process might take a few hours. Precaution is always our main concern. If things go wrong be ready to interference.
→ Hiding places are important at this time, while the hero run after her.
Once she is ready, Tango will start. He will wrap his body around the female and attempt fertilization. As the female starts to drop eggs the male will catch them and place them in his nest. This process can take from a few minutes to a few hours. Be patient!
→ And remove the female because she can eat eggs and also the hero could think she is a danger.
→ I definetely recommend not to fed fishes, while process is still alive.
→ If do you think the couple are not compatible, change female or male.
When you remove the female, cover the tank with plastic wrap to keep the moisture and heat in. This cause a damp environment and helps hatch the eggs and develop the fry.
7. Caring for Betta Fry
Once Fry are free to swim around in the tank, you should fed them strongly also you should remove the male or put fry another tank.
→ Infusoria (at the beginning a few days)
→ Baby brine shrimp, vinegar eels or Microworms (after a few days)
To raise fry in good way ı recommend you to change the water (same temperature and parameters) frequently.
Always be patient and careful. Good luck with the process.