Originally Posted by ghosty
i have a 15 gal tank with 4 betta's 3 females and one crowntail male. all three females have horizontal lines as well as the white dot to show they are ready to breed. the crown tail is not bubble nesting by any means. what i was wondering is unhealthy for the females to be ready to lay but never do?
you have 3 females and a crowntail male in a 15 gallon tank! 3 females alone can crash, never mind with a male. Crowntails are also known to be more aggressive than other types. I would remove the male immediately.
Horizontal lines are stress stripes, not breeding bars. Breeding bars are vertical. Simply having a white dot does not mean that they are ready to breed either.
The male is probably not building a bubble nest because he is stressed.
If you want them to breed and have space and time to care for 100+ baby bettas, then you will need more tanks. First the male and female need to be conditioned seperately, meaning that they are fed a variety of good foods, the male builds a bubblenest, and the female gets full of eggs. Then, they are introduced into a tank specifically for breeding, which usually has to be at least 20 gallons and have the water level dropped to (don't quote me on this one) around 8-10 inches. You also need floating plants for the male to make a nest on, and hiding places for both of them to retreat to in case one or the other gets too aggressive. Eventually they will embrace and the eggs will come out of the female. The male catches the eggs in his mouth and spits them into the bubble nest. The female can then be removed. Shortly after the eggs hatch the male will need to be removed as well and the fry will need to be fed inforunsa (sp?). When they get old enough the males will need to be separated.
This is just the tip of the iceburg. I am definitely not an expert, but I have done a LOT of research concerning everything about bettas. I suggest that if you want to go through with it you read up as much as you can before you attempt your first spawn.