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biokid101 10-08-2009 03:37 PM

lonely betta
my brothers male betta has been with us for about a month. a couple of days ago we upgraded his place into a little plastic bowl about half a gallon and he built a bubble nest today. i want to get a female for him but not in the same bowl im gonna get her one. and the babies another. is this a good idea? i dont have enough money to buy a 2 gallon tank im only 14.

dramaqueen 10-08-2009 05:28 PM

I usually recommend a 2 gallon or larger for bettas but I have some of mine in 1.5 gallon critter keepres. Also, if you plan on breeding, please do your research first. A lot of preparation goes into it.

biokid101 10-08-2009 06:13 PM

i wasnt planning on breeding bettas but it does seem interesting and i am going to research them. i am breeding swordtails tho and my gouramis dont wanna breed or my cories. my swordtail fry dont survive. so i might try betta cause i heard the father takes care of his fry and i think thats adorable.

dramaqueen 10-08-2009 06:21 PM

Yeah, male bettas take care of the fry until they become free swimming. I'm sorry you can't get your fish to breed.

biokid101 10-08-2009 06:37 PM

its ok thx. do the males eat the babies when they free swim?but my one female swordtail is pregnant and should be giving birth the 20th of october hopefully.

dramaqueen 10-08-2009 07:21 PM

When the babies become free swimming then you take the male out.

dramaqueen 10-08-2009 07:23 PM

Here is a link to the Breeding Bettas sticky in the breeding section of the betta forum.

biokid101 10-09-2009 05:37 AM

oh i have to think twice about breeding bettas because of the clean water and the fighting and the food they have to eat! i wont be able to care for 100 babies i have two jars!!

dramaqueen 10-09-2009 10:21 AM

lol! Its a lot of work and you could get a LOT of babies.

ChristinaRoss 10-09-2009 10:29 AM

at least you are kind enough to realize that you cant care for that many, so you wont breed them. thats very wise of you and save up a little at a time, maybe mow a lawn or rake some leaves? you can get a 10 gallon for around $12 at walmart

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