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Spawning Bettas

Spawning Embrace © Gemini
By: Betta Wonder
Common Name: Betta
Latin Name: Betta Splendens
Origin: Thailand
Temperature: 76-80 F (24-27C)
Ease Of Keeping: moderate
Aggressivness: aggressive towards other fish
Lighting: Bright but not, direct sunlight
Adult Size: 3-4inches (7.5cm)
Minimum Tank Size: 1 gallon
Feeding: every day 4 pellets, and worms for treats
Spawning Method: Bubble nest/ Egg layers

Conditioning your Betta is very important. They must have the strength to be able to spawn, especially the female. the first step in conditioning is separating your selected "couple" from any other fish, as soon as you do this you will need to begin feeding them on a special diet, consisting of there regular food and some live food to accompany it, for extra strength. I feed them twice there regular amount of food, to 8 pellets a day and feed them on bloodworms and brine shrimp. I keep them isolated and on this special diet for the next 2 weeks, making sure there comfortable and warm.
Preparing The Tank
I use a 10 gallon tank for my fry to grow up any smaller would be inadequate. I fill the tank about 5in with warm water then add the dechlorinater, (never put any gravel,rocks ect. on the bottom of the tank this makes it very hard for the male to collect his eggs, in the future!) I strongly suggest using a heater this makes it easier for the spawning and later on for the fry. Set the heater in the tank and allow it to sit there for 10min before plugging it in and adjusting the setting to 86~degrees, this should be kept at a constant temperature. Then place a vase or a hurricane lamp glass covering in the tank, fill it with water the same temperature and same height of the tank, dechlorinate that as well. your tank is now ready!

Introducing The Couple
I like to introduce my couple before there spawned. I do this by placing the male in the 10 gallon tank and letting him get used to the surroundings. Then I place the female in the vase inside the tank. once the male sees the female he will go crazy!! He will flare his gills swim right up to the vase like he's trying to brake the glass but will stop right before he wacks his head, he will continue to do this right up until there in the embrace, spawning. he will then begin to work on his bubble nest and continue to "flirt" with the female. now note this is not a quick process it takes TIME and lots of it!!!!
The Waiting
Waiting is one of the most key factors in spawning Bettas. It does not just happen over night it takes time, time, time and more time! You have to be patient nature takes it's course and we can't make it change. Continue to feed them on the special diet and keep the heater going. For my Bettas it usually takes about 1 week, you can tell the female is ready when a white dot appears behind her ventral fin this is the end of her ovipositor tube where the eggs come out. The male will have then finished the bubble nest. Their now ready!

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