Thursday, August 14, 2008

Let male betta fight to induce breeding

Got an advice, from someone I know personally, to allow male bettas a fight before breeding to induce a successful spawn. This was from someone who breed betta a long time ago, he advise that if a particular male is having a hard time spawning, allowing him a fight just before introducing the female could yield better chance of a successful spawn. I am guessing the fight could suggest to the male that it is spawning season. Will try it out, under a controlled environment.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

F2 Betta Spawn: Unsuccessful

For some strange reason the male ate all the eggs up during the night (again). His belly was really bloated after eating all the eggs. Well at least I didn't have to wait too long to get a result this time. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to comment; I'm running out of ideas. I will be giving both the male and female betta a longer break this time, I do not want to over-exert either of them.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

24 hours after betta embraced

Looking good so far, the male has took good care of the eggs. At least a quater of the total eggs has been eaten, I am guessing those are unfertilized eggs. This is the correct thing for the male betta to do as rotting eggs will grow fungus, spreading to the rest of the healthy eggs. Tank is neat and tidy with no stray eggs on the floor. Hopefully I will see some tails tommorrow.

Friday, August 8, 2008

End of F2 betta pair embrace

As of now spawning is completed. I've remove the female and allow her to recuperate in a 1 gallon tank.

F2 Betta Pair embracing

The betta pair started spawning this afternoon. If things goes as trend, the embrace should end around the evening. After 2 previous attempt, the male betta still has not learn the proper embrace. He is warping the female from the front, covering her head. A proper embrace should result in the male warping around the female from the top. Well only time will tell if this attempt is successful.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

F2 Betta Pair still in courtship

20 hours into the spawning session and no sign of embrace yet. The male betta's nest is big and nicely built. The ball is in the female's court now, hopefully she will decide to embrace tonight.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

F2 Betta Spawn: Third Try

Hopefully third time is a charm. Placed the female betta in a jar to prevent unnecessary injuries. Will release her before going to bed, if the trend follows, they will embrace tomorrow morning.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Breeding Bettas: Live food cause male betta to consume fry?

It might be nonsense, but my Mum was suggesting that feeding live mini mealworms to the male betta might have gave him a liking to live food; thus consuming the newly hatched fry. I rejected the thought at first, but come to think of it, it might be true. I didn't feed any live food to my first breeding betta pair and all went too well on the first try.

Well there is no harm in conditioning the pair with good quality food and that's what I'm going to do. No live food for the male betta prior to breeding.