The last time I breed Betta's was with my mom and I was like...8. 12 years later I'm back on the job! I've done my research, but I still have some questions on the pair's accepting each other as mates.
My Betta's now are some beautiful ones I picked out at the local fish store. The male is a bright cream/pink with red Merle like spots on his fins. The female is just plain ol' red.
I have them in a 20gal half full tank with a divider. The water temp is 80 degrees, and I provided the Male. (Sheraton) with a Styrofoam bowl cut in half and taped to the glass. He made an impressive bubble nest over night, and spends his days guarding his nest.
The female (Dilean) has wonderful vertical (and horizontal?) stripes on here body, and I can easily see a white gravid tube protruding from her belly behind the bottom fin.
OK heres the PROBLEM...
I think they HATE each other. They spend most of the day flaring at each other through the devider. My instincts say to seperate them from site, even though all information online says to keep them within view.
The first time I put them together, she DESTROYED his bubblenest...its was the first thing she did. I put her back in her side of the tank. Two days later, he builds another impressive bubble nest. She has stripes (still) and white gravid tube...so I put her back in...he chased her around for about 15 minutes. At first I thought he was flaunting and trying to get her near the nest. She seemed quite willing at first, and sort of floated near the bubbles, yet he still chased her away. I was still convinced that he was just chasing her around trying to get her near the nest, but once she was near the nest, he just kept chasing her away. Whats his problem??
SO I guess what I am asking it, do some betta pairs just not get along and never successfully spawn, or am I doing something terribly wrong?
Or do I just need to leave them in there for a few hours and eventually they will work it out.
PLEASE help! Thanks guys!