It is not an easy task to breed Betta fish. However, one important factor is to take care of your Bettas for efficient breeding.
How to Breed?
To begin with, it is necessary to have a female Betta fish. However, it is a bit tough to find a female Betta fish these days. Female Betta fishes are dull as compared to males. Even though some are beautifully colored, their fins are usually shorter than males.
You can keep two female Betta fishes in the same tank, but you cannot do the same with males. First, you need to keep the male and female Bettas in different tanks and provide them with the best quality food. The female needs to eat properly, because female Betta is less likely to produce eggs with an empty stomach.
With the help of this diet schedule, the male begins to form a gurgle nest, while the female fish starts looking a bit plump. At times, you may even witness the eggs within the female Betta’s belly. This is the right time to put both the fishes together in the same tank.
Next, you need to constantly supervise them, because there are chances that the male Betta may attack the female Betta. If this happens, then it is wise to take the female Betta away and try breeding her some other time, usually after several days.
While breeding, the male Betta fish will wrap his body around the female in an attempt to fondle her. After this, the eggs drip out of her, since she spawns, and immediately the male Betta discharges his sperm to inseminate the eggs.
Next, the male Betta will scoop all the eggs in his maw and puts them in the bubble nest. This is the right time to get the female Betta from the tank.
After two days of actual breeding, small Bettas emerge from their nests. After this, you need to take out the male Betta fish from the tank, because he might eat the offspring.
Food for infant Betta fish is not available, as they eat only tiny microbes and protozoa. You may breed microbes with a little straw from your backyard and keeping in an open jar full of water. After 3-4 days, you will see that the water in the container becomes a little muddy with all kinds of tiny life in it. This is the sign that the jar is full of food for baby Bettas.