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How to Successfully Breed Betta Fish

Updated on August 10, 2014

Research as Much as You Can

It is paramount you take the time to ken precisely what you are getting into. More than 500 offspring can be engendered from a single spawn so it is paramount to ken afore hand if you orchestrate on keeping the fry or giving or selling them. Also ascertain not to orchestrate any vacations or business trips for two-three months. This is something that will take time and patience.

Choosing a Breeding Pair

Bettas breed best when they're puerile, when their colors are vibrant and their fins are vigorous. Make sure both the male and female are about the same size. Also consider getting a second pair in case the first one doesn't work out due to sundry factors like infertility (infrequent) or aggression (not so recherche).

There are additionally other things that are consequential to consider. There are many variants of bettas and colors to optate from. It is compulsory to keep in mind the sort variations that you are looking in the fry.


This is the next step on breeding betta fish. Conditioning is 1-a fortnight afore you introduce the fish to each other. In this time, you require to nourish your fish with live worms and brine shrimp. Brine shrimp are very costly so only if you have an abundance of mazuma then go for it! Bloodworms are a much more frugal alternative. Make sure to emaculate them exhaustively because they can carry bacteria and parasites. Feed two worms twice a day to each fish, this will avail them have the compulsory nutrients they require for a prosperous breeding cycle.

Preparing a Breeding Tank

Choose a tank that is 5-10 gallons and include a heater that keeps the water around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Abstract any gravel or other items which can trap eggs that fall from the bubble nest. While the male and fry are still in the tank, ascertain to abstract any filters which can ruin the nest and murder fry. Fill up the tank 3/4 of the way and place it where there aren't other fish or much human activity. Also, integrate a couple of plants which will provide food and shelter for the fry and even fortify for the nest.

Fry Food

Fry are minutely diminutive and only consume live food. You require a good supply so you have enough when you require it. Microworms, infusoria, and vinegar eels are ideal foods. Baby brine shrimp can withal be fed but in mitigation because it can cause disease.

Introducing the Pair

Move the male into the breeding tank and put the female in a different tank adjacent to the breeding tank so they can both visually perceive each other pellucidly. This will motivate the male into making the bubble nest and to reduce the jeopardy of injury. Let them watch one another for a few days afore conclusively incorporating her into the breeding tank. Keep noise and light down and do not perturb the two fish.

Watching Behavior

Watch if they seem intrigued with each other. The male will swim around being ostentatious with his fins while the female will exhibit vertical bars on her body. Some aggression is mundane but if they're endeavoring to assail each other through the divider, then DO NOT place them together. Endeavor later or a different pair.

Actual Breeding

his will occur when the nest is culminated. Both fish will do a marginally courtship dance and may go on afore the authentic mating. By now, the male should be less truculent and more frolicsome. The male will determinately get the female under the bubble nest and embrace. It might take a couple of endeavors to engenders eggs.She will go on a "zombie-like" state while the male pushes the eggs out of her. After this, the male will scoop up the eggs and put the in the nest. Some females will avail while others eat the eggs so be vigilant! Take the female out of the tank and put her back into her own tank or the male will bully her and bite her fins.

What Happens After?

Abstract the male three days after the fry have hatched. As anon as the male is abstracted, feed the fry. Feed microworms twice a day for 40 days. Good Luck!


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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting so a vote up,

      I now look forward to reading many more by you.