Thanks for the info! I will buy a new female today. The one i've got just always runs away and hides from the male. I've already paired her with 4 males and she just avoids them totally, even after a week being with them.
I don't always wait on a bubble nest when I spawn but I also use a more natural method with heavy planted soil based 10g tanks full to the top with water-I do the shock method by putting both in the tank at the same time and usually have a spawn within an hour or so
I have spawned males and females as old as 3 without problems
Increase the live food and separate them for a few days so they can't see each other and re introduce from 76F holding container to 80F spawning tank...don't worry about the nest...he will make one once he has eggs or when he is courting her
Hi, its me again! I have three pairs simultaneously introduced for spawning. Now the problem is that the males are not building bubble nests. Just a couple of weeks before they were making big impressive bubble nests even without females in view. I feed them ant and mosquito larva for conditioning, as there are plenty of those here. I also place IAL (also lots here) in the water. I use 10g aquariums and plastic containers filled with 4" water.
Have the males gotten too old for breeding in less than a month?!
One of the males I am trying to spawn now has successfully bred just five weeks ago, and he is great at caring for the spawn. Now it seems he has lost his touch.
I don't know what is happening to my male bettas. What do you think about this?
You have all kinds of critters in green water and one of them is daphnia-depending on how big the fry are at two weeks and how big the mosquito larva-they may or may not be able to eat them-I have some pretty tiny mosquito larva that I dip out of my buckets with brine shrimp nets that my fry as young as 1 week-10day old can eat without problems
Lots of micro-critters develop naturally outside in buckets of rainwater- especially with lots of organic material added like oak leaf or IAL and some natural sunlight-some added live aquatic and floating plants to help maintain water quality-you can create a tiny ecosystem that can almost support itself-still needs a little help from us though.....it has its limitations.....
Thanks! I thought you didn't feed them daphnia, just the critters that would grow in the green water. Can 2 week old fry eat the newly hatched mosquito larvae in the bucket that they are in? I hope im not bothering you with so many questions.
I let my outside buckets mature a bit too before I spawned and filled them with rainwater and organic matter(oak leaf)...I have other buckets in full sun-to grow green water- I add a cup or so of that a couple of times a week-it also had daphnia and other micro critters....