Betta Fish, breeding
Before you decide to get into Betta fish breeding, there are many things
that you need to know. Breeding Betta fishes is difficult and takes a lot of
time and effort. Having a male Betta fish and a female beta fish is not
enough to have a successful spawning.
Before you begin Betta fish breeding, you will need to make certain that you
have all of the required equipment. You will need a cycled spawning tank,
which should be a ten gallon tank. This tank should be filled with about 4
or 5 inches of water, and use a sponge filter and submersible heater. The
water temp should be set to 80 degrees. The next tank you will need is a
cycled grow out tank. A 55 gallon tank is preferred, although a smaller tank
can be used if you have a very small group of fry to raise. As your fry will
need food to eat, you will need a brine shrimp culture and a micro worm
culture. These are staple foods for your young Betta fish, so you must make
certain the shrimp and worms are ready for when your young fry begin to eat.
Breeding Siamese fighting fish takes a lot of patience. Before you can begin
the actual Betta fish breeding process, you will need to condition both the
male Betta fish and the female Beta fish. This usually takes 2 weeks of good
care and specialized feeding to prepare them for the spawning process. As
the spawning tends to be violent, you will need to make certain you
supervise the introduction of the female to the male's section of the tank.
There should be a three or four day period of time where the female resides
in a chimney or holding section so the male has time to build his bubble
nest to prepare for the spawning and laying of eggs.
One aspect of Betta fish breeding you must know is when you have everything
prepared and you have spawned your male and female together, you will need
to remove the female from the breeding tank. As the males raise the fry,
having the female in the tank can cause her death, or the death of the fry,
as the male may eat them or kill her as a result of her presence. Once the
fry have hatched and are swimming horizontally, you will need to remove the
male Betta fish from the fry tank. It is at this point that you will want to
begin feeding your fish the baby brine shrimp and micro worms you have
prepared. This will need to be done multiple times during the day. May
breeders will feed their baby fry 6 times a day.
With time, diligence and experimentation, you can enjoy keeping and breeding
these wonderful fish. While it is not an easy process, it is well worth the
hassle and dedication required.
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