Category: Tips

Betta Fish Breeding

Before even considering betta fish breeding one of the most important things to remember is that older females may not produce eggs or be to weak for the male. The good news is that in captivity the betta splenden is one of the easiest fish to breed assuming you have the correct water conditions, and tank set up.

Even if your a complete novice just by following some basic  rules you should be able to easily breed healthy, gorgeous betta fish. Perhaps the most difficult challenges you will find is in trying to grow your fry. The fry will typically stay in their bubble nest for approximately 36 hours as their gills develop,

You will notice about 2 days later the fry emerging from the bubble nest. The father will begin scooping up the young that are sinking to the bottom and bringing them to the surface. When you first notice that the babies are swimming on their own (not just hanging) but freely moving horizontally you must remove the father otherwise he may begin eating the fry.

Be very careful to not net the fry as you do this as they can be very difficult to see. The best approach is to lure the male away from the nest before trying to net him. Once he has been successfully removed be sure he has clean water.

Water Conditions

The optimum temperature for breeding betta fish is about 28 degrees Celsius (82F), however many breeders have achieved great results with temperatures in the 84F degree range It is highly recommended that you also have the cover plate in place to create a humid air space above the surface of the water.

It is not unusual to notice the occasional dead fry so don’t be alarmed if you find a few of them dead.  Many hatch to weak or malformed to survive the initial 10 days. If on the other hand you notice a large amount of dead frys or see them dying daily, than you have a problem that must be corrected immediately.  Either there is a problem your water conditions or a disease and harmful bacteria may be present.
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Tips on Setting Up Betta Fish Tanks

So you have a betta and now need some advice on setting up betta fish tanks. We will explain how you can set up ay our tank so that your betta will be happy, healthy and hopfeully live a long life.

While many people use a bowl or vase to put there bettas in this is a very bad idea and will drastically affect the health and lifespan of your fish.

The smallest tank size you should consider is about  2.5 gallons Ideally, but ideally you should aim for a 5 to 10 gallon aquarium.

Some Items You Will Need

A filter to keep the water clean, a poor dirty enviornent can lead to diseases and drastically shorten your betta’s life.. The tank filter should have a an adjustable flow.

 A tank heater, and to monitor the temperature of your water also a thermometer. The ideal temperature for your betta is between 75 and 80 degrees F.  If the water is too hot it can breed bacteria and if to cold your betta may become “stressed” Smooth sand or gravel for your tank botton in a neutral color to enhance your bettas color. be careful of using any rough substances as that can harm or tear your betta’s fins.

Tank decorations to enhance yor bettas enviornment and add visual appeal to your new betta tank. Becareful to use only smooth decorations and be sure to add a cave or two as betta’s love to swim through them. Silk or live plants are also a good idea and avoid using any plastic as they may also harm your betta.

Putting Together Your Betta Fish Tank

Ideally you want to place your tank away from any direct sunlight, after finding the ideal spot start placing your sand or gravel on the bottom of the tank and add your tank decortaions. After fill the aquarium preferably with water that has been treated with a water conditioner which you can get at any pet store, after which you may add your plants

Setup and install your water heater and filtering system making sure they are working properly and than finally assemble the hood your betta is now ready for his (or hers) new home!

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