ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Indian Almond Leaves and Betta Fish Breeding

Updated on January 4, 2010

A Betta Makes Its Nest Under An Indian Almond Leaf

Image from: http://www.flippersandfins.net/BettaBreedingArticle.htm
Image from: http://www.flippersandfins.net/BettaBreedingArticle.htm

Sometimes when we keep fish we forget that they are, in fact, wild animals who come from eco systems in which they acted in harmony with many other biological life forms. The betta in the two gallon tank seems to bear little resemblance to the wild betta which lives its life in large rice paddies and rivers, yet they are for all intents and purposes one and the same animal, and if we want our bettas to be healthy, then providing close to natural conditions is important, especially when it comes to breeding.

Breeding betta fish is not terribly difficult in and of itself. If you put a pair together in the same tank, you have a fairly decent chance that they will spawn. What's not so easy is getting the spawn to grow into beautiful adult fish.

In order to get the best quality spawn, you need to condition your bettas. Conditioning involves feeding them up (though not over feeding,) them for at least two weeks before they are set to mate, often with live foods such as brine shrimp, blood worms and white worms. (Although owners should be aware that live foods, especially blood worms and other live foods that are not raised on site, can contain parasites that introduce disease to fish. Pick live foods with care.)

Feeding is just one aspect of conditioning however, water conditions are also important. If at all possible, fish should be kept in a cycled, filtered tank. If that is not possible, they should be given 100% water changes every 3-4 days. I cannot overstress  the importance of clean water for betta health.

In addition to these measures, it is a good idea to use Indian almond leaves. Almond trees grow naturally in the betta's natural habitat, and the leaves condition the water in such a way that promotes successful breeding. First of all, the almond leaf provides a place for the betta to make its bubble nest. It also secretes a substance into the water that makes the bubble nest stickier and more likely to remain intact. A good bubble nest is essential for a successful spawn.

Almond leaves are also said to harden the scales of the betta fish, making it easier for them to withstand the rigors of the act of mating. Betta spawning can be fairly violent, but the almond leaves help mitigate some of the effects of rough spawning.

Some breeders use tea bags filled with Indian almond leaves. These do not provide a place for the betta to spawn under, but provide the other benefits associated with using almond leaves in the tank. Be aware that the use of almond leaves will create a darker aquarium water than you may be used to, this is not a bad thing, it is entirely more natural than swimming in crystal clear water that is not native to the betta.


Indian almond leaves are a simple, relatively inexpensive way of boosting your betta spawning success rate. Why not give them a try?

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)