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  1. Betta Slave
    05-01-2011 03:30 PM - permalink
    Betta Slave
    Okay, thank you :) I'll have to do something about the links...

    Decided not to breed him anymore, however- am getting a pair from Thailand :)
  2. Oldfishlady
    05-01-2011 10:05 AM - permalink
    Okay.....sometimes as they get older they stop flaring...but he is not old...also the links don't work...not sure if they just don't work in this section or what...but I have found with links if you hit the preview button first they will show up

    I would keep him isolated and stop the mirror and mass feed live foods like mosquito larva for a week and then intro him to another male and when he flares drop in a larva or other favorite food in the container.....
  3. Betta Slave
    04-30-2011 05:08 PM - permalink
    Betta Slave
    Sorry for the double-post, but here's a link to some recent pics... He looks pretty young to me.

    http: //
  4. Betta Slave
    04-30-2011 05:00 PM - permalink
    Betta Slave
    I am really not sure. He was a pet-store betta, but I think he is quite young- his fins are still growing out. Maybe 4-5 months at best.
  5. Oldfishlady
    04-30-2011 04:56 PM - permalink
    How old is he?
  6. Betta Slave
    04-30-2011 04:46 PM - permalink
    Betta Slave
    I've tried other bettas- they don't tend to flare much either (they flare, but only at bettas they seem to really dislike) and no one has flared at him so far...

    I will try the conditioning! Thank you so much.
  7. Oldfishlady
    04-30-2011 04:33 PM - permalink
    If he is otherwise acting and eating okay I wouldn't worry too much about the lack of flaring....some flare more than others and often get get bored when you use the mirror...
    Have your tried another male or even the female and if so, does he flare at them...
    It should not affect the breeding..he will either be a good breeder or not regardless of flare
    You can also condition them to flare to the mirror once you get him to flare with another male.....every time he flares give him a tiny bit of his favorite food and soon he will associate flare with a treat....
  8. Betta Slave
    04-30-2011 04:19 PM - permalink
    Betta Slave
    Hey OFL... wondering if you could help me.

    My boy Dallas just won't flare anymore... he stopped one day and I don't know why. He's his normal self, however- no illnesses that I can see, his fins are growing out, he loves to eat, he'll jump for his food, and his tank is about 80 and always kept clean. He gently raises his gills *rarely*, but usually in front of a mirror he just tenses up and has a staring competition with his reflection before swimming away, uninterested.

    I am planning on breeding him- will his refusal to flare make it harder? He doesn't seem to be in pain- I'm just wondering if he actually WILL breed. :/ He should, if I've conditioned him correctly, though, yes?

    Thank you!
  9. TheKingsFish
    04-30-2011 05:47 AM - permalink

    I hate troubling you, but this one has me stumped. I think I may know what it is and what to do about it, but I'd like to be absolutely sure before I lose another one because I guessed and got the wrong answer.
  10. Oldfishlady
    04-29-2011 03:42 PM - permalink
    You can safely cycle the tank with the fish provided that you make the needed water a 2.5gal filtered tank-twice weekly 50% water changes should maintain water quality...1-50% water only and 1-50% to include substrate cleaning by vacuum or stir and dip method...

    In smaller tanks (less than 5gal) do not have enough surface area to establish a large enough colony of beneficial bacteria needed for the nitrogen cycle and twice weekly water changes are needed regardless of cycle stage, however, once the nitrogen cycle has established even in a small tank,,,it can give you some wiggle room so to speak when life happens and/or a long

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