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Old 08-22-2007, 04:07 PM   #1
 
Betta not breeding

first of all, sorry about askin about 10 million questions, but your advice is so useful!

i have a 6 month old red crowntail male and i believe another crowntail female - has the same ends of tail, but is pineapple coloured (thats what the people in the shop called it, its cream/beige body with red fins). Both are healthy, and the male is not a dud for breeding - my uncle works in the shop!

i havent got a styrene cup but have a fish food lid instead - same size pretty much. the female has been in a breeding net for 4 hours, just so the male can see her (i know not to breed them in that!). there are lots of fake plants for protection for the female when she is released. a 5 gallon tank

Basically 2 questions -

both are interested in each other, flaring up and the male swimming in a pronounced s shape when near her. he semms to start blowing the nest under the lid where i want him to,but the bubbles soon disappear as he looses interest for a while. The water level is 10 inches high - should this be reduced - only that the breeding net would not be able to be used for the betta as its attached to the edge of the tank

also, as the female has a pale coloured body, will i not be able to see the vertical stripes - i have two other betta in another tank which are purple and blue and i can see the horizontal stripes sometimes, rarely if i may add, but if large wcs are used for any reason for example. i have never though seen any stripes either way on the pale one, which is the healthiest one with the brightest fins, and the most active.

should i leave them overnight?
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:50 AM   #2
 
ok i left them overnight and woke up to find the beginnings of a nest :D - which hasn't got bigger in 2 hours though :( . Does it usually take this long to build a nest because i read that it should take 2-4 hours, so far he's had 15 and not a lot of progress!

they have both been conditioned in separate tanks for a week with dried shrimp and krill, and live brine shrimp and daphnia.

Also for the fry, will daphnia be small enough along with some tiny (young fry) flakish food?
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:54 AM   #3
 
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Fry from egg layers are too small to take daphnia. Provide some plants in the rearing tank where they can eat microscopic foods particularly infusoria.
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Old 08-24-2007, 11:37 AM   #4
 
ok i got back from work and she had jumped over to the males side!!!

she had virtually destroyed his nest but they are now 'squeezing' each other, but i cant see any eggs being produced after about 10 times!

what should i do, he doesnt seem to be hurting her, but hes re[airing his nest whilst squeezing her.

the female had her breeding white spot out and seems up for it, and theyve been conditioned.
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Old 08-24-2007, 02:18 PM   #5
 
ok dont worry, the eggs are well under way even if the nest is on the small side - i expect him to repair it once hes finished.

its really weird seeing them breed!!! usually anything i do ends up in disaster, but there are over a hundred egges there - although the female has eaten a few! she'll be removed once shes done tho
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