The creation of Betta fish
Betta is a freshwater fish that lives in environments with temperatures between 24ºC. However, they can adapt to colder climates without difficulty and therefore can be considered cold-water fish since they do not need heat-producing appliances. They survive properly inside your home. The Zion Fighter , from Asia, features a great variety of incredible colors. In YourCatCareguide, we explain how the creation of Betta fish works .
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Preparations and first impressions
Before starting the process, we must be able to correctly identify each sex in order to avoid confrontations between these aggressive and territorial fish.
- The male has the most developed fins and the most colorful colors.
- The female is more discreet, but more robust. The end of its fin is straight, while that of the male ends in tip.
To begin with, it is necessary to have a space of at least 25 x 25 cm with 8 or 10 cm of height of water. Must add a little moss so they can eat and make nest. For this, we can also leave in the aquarium a small container like a plastic pot and soon they will make the nest where they want. It is recommended that in the previous week they be isolated in a place where they can not see members of the same species and feed them with live food.
The first thing to know is that you should never join the male and female in the aquariumwithout knowing each other first, since the male considers the female as an intruder and would most likely begin a serious fight.
Separate the aquarium with a plastic or glass in the middle so that you can see each other without touching. If you do not have a suitable separator, you can create one yourself by cutting a plastic bottle in half and creating small holes so that the water of both fish is filtered. In this way, the male may become aware of the hormones that the female releases.
Place the female in the container you created or one of the aquarium parts first, then the male and finally cover the aquarium with a glass or plastic.
The male will create a nest with moss in some zone (probably in the pot). Meanwhile, the female will be receptive trying to get out of her half and pushing with her head. This is the right time to let go.
At the beginning, both will act slowly and only after a short time the male will actively seek the female. Betta fish will take the female, forming a strong hug with her body around the female, which will last a few minutes until she becomes pregnant.
It will not be long until the female lays eggs, and immediately afterwards the female should be removed from the male’s area as it can become aggressive. She should return to her own space without any contact with other males.
The care of Father Fish Betta
The male will place the fertilized eggs in the nest created by him and the cubs will be suspended vertically like wires in the nest. The father will make sure they do not fall and, if they fall, he will put them back in the right place.
about three days after spawning, the little Betta fish should swim by themselves, which is the right time to separate the male from the two offspring. The male did not eat during this period, making the offspring possible. To prevent this from happening, you can put some mosquito larvae in one corner of the aquarium. So when we start eating, we know it’s time to separate it.
After separating the male, it is important to take into account that you should not rejoin the male and female, each having their individual aquarium space. Both sexes should never be together without proper procedures.
We recommend that you use your hand instead of the net, as you may accidentally carry one of the baby fish.
Now start your work
As the papal work is finished, its turn begins:
- Three days after the separation of the baby and the daddy, it’s time to start feeding them with micro-worms that we find in fish stores. You can ask the professional which ones to use. The process will last 12 days.
- Since then, the small Betta fish already eat Artemia, and this process returns to last 12 days.
- After the Artemia diet, they will begin to be fed with Grindal and, from day 20, we begin to observe that the correct development has already begun.
- After a month, we can change the small Betta and transfer them to a larger aquarium where they receive sunlight.
- Once fully developed, you can begin to see the first fights between males that can undoubtedly affect females. It is time to separate them into different aquariums.
If you do not know the food mentioned, you can find them on the Internet or at your usual fish store.
And this is the breeding and breeding procedure for Betta fish . I wish luck and patience to all who experience. Do not forget to apply the first step properly to prevent the male attacking the female and enjoy to read our article on the care of Betta fish .