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Horseluver50 06-08-2009 04:33 PM

betta's... no babies??
So, I have bred betta's before, the male made a bubble nest, and the female layed her eggs in it.. the male guarded the nest from other fish..

Anyways, I have my female and male betta together in a 2.5 gallon tank... the male keeps chasing the female around, and puts his frills out. They've been doing this for about a month now...
The male hasn't made a bubblenest yet, so it must mean she isn't pregnant, but how come they won't breed??

Does anyone have any ideas??

yippee 06-08-2009 04:44 PM

aggression. THey aren't supposed to be housed together.

Horseluver50 06-08-2009 04:47 PM

Well.. then how are you supposed to breed them, if they can't be housed together??
They aren't aggressive towards each other...

Kim 06-08-2009 05:25 PM

The female must have eggs, which won't happen in that much of a stressful environment. In the wild, bettas each have their own territories and they only come together when they are ready to breed. This is why they should NEVER be housed together in an aquarium, there is simply not enough space for them to each have their own territories, and they will terrorize eachother constantly and may even kill eachother.

The other thing I see here is; what are you going to do with hundreds of betta fry if you could get them to breed? Where will you put them when the males need to be separated? What will you feed the very delicate young who are too small to eat any normal foods even when crushed?

Breeding bettas is very complicated and even the pros sometimes fail. I suggest doing more research on the topic as well was the time, space, and money that this will involve before proceeding. Until then, you really need another tank (at least 2.5 gallon) so that you can separate them for now.

Horseluver50 06-08-2009 05:36 PM

I have some smaller tanks to house the fry, and I would sell them...
Also, I have fry liquid food already, as I have bred bettas before.
They show no aggression towards each other, though the female tries to stay away from the male..
He always flirts with her, and she is like, get away! lol.

The reason I put the female in the tank with the male in the first place, is because the male was extremely lonely.. he just floated at the top of the tank, almost like he was dead, but now that I put the female with him, he is alot livelier

Also, I used to have both bettas in my 20 gal. tank, but something in the water system upsetted the male, cause his fins were shredding, maybe the gourami was biting them, cause it tried to before, and he kept staying away from her...

I don't know what is best.... to put both fish in the 20 gal... or to have both in the little...
The female would be alot happier in the 20 gal. as there is another female betta in there and they get along well...
But, the male would be ripped to shreds in the big tank...

I will give u a list of the fish in the 20 gal. tank::

- 3 plecos
- 3 bottom feeders
- 2 female guppies
- 1 three spot gourami
- 1 female betta
- 1 dwarf aquatic frog

The male is recovering well from his shredded fins, and i dont wanna put him back in there.. but he is lonely on his own... is there another type of fish that is a good companion for the male betta?

In the 2.5 gal. tank:

- 1 male betta
- 1 female betta

Thanks again...

dramaqueen 06-08-2009 07:14 PM

Bettas and gouramis are members of the same family and are very territorial and will fight. The female betta is probably stressed out by being with a male and she tries to get away. There were probably more places to hide in the 20 gallon.Also, betta fry need live food to survive. They need microworms, infusoria or vinegar eels.I agree with everything Kim said.

dramaqueen 06-08-2009 07:16 PM

sorry for the double post

dramaqueen 06-08-2009 07:17 PM

sorry for the double post

Horseluver50 06-08-2009 08:22 PM

well... if i move the female, the male might die...

I want whats best for both of them.. so before I move the female, I need to know what kind of fish gets along with my male betta, so that he wont be lonely...

Does anyone know a good fish that gets along with the male, in a 2.5 gal. tank??

dramaqueen 06-08-2009 08:29 PM

He won't die. Bettas are actually solitary fish and don't get lonely, especially if you pay a lot of attention to them. They are active, outgoing fish.

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