Betta Fish Breeding Basics

Written by Amanda Fenton

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Place your submersible heater intorepparttar water. Remember, most heaters of this type have to be submerged for a while before turning onrepparttar 148718 unit, at least twenty minutes. When you turnrepparttar 148719 heater on set it to about 80-82 degrees. Also add a thermometer, plants, a rock to hide behind, and half a Styrofoam cup forrepparttar 148720 male to build his nest under.

Youíll want to placerepparttar 148721 chimney inrepparttar 148722 center ofrepparttar 148723 tank forrepparttar 148724 female. The chimney is a great place to letrepparttar 148725 two fish get acquainted beforerepparttar 148726 actual spawning begins.

Placerepparttar 148727 male inrepparttar 148728 spawning tank a day ahead ofrepparttar 148729 female. Let him get acclimated torepparttar 148730 water. When he seems comfortable, itís safe to addrepparttar 148731 female torepparttar 148732 chimney. Leaving a light on will stimulate a hormone that will encourages spawning activity.

When you first releaserepparttar 148733 female she may hide fromrepparttar 148734 male. But, most likely they will swim toward one another and try to findrepparttar 148735 right position by swimming in circles around one another. It may take them a couple of tries to get it just right. Asrepparttar 148736 male squeezesrepparttar 148737 female sheíll probably release about thirty eggs. After she expels these eggs bothrepparttar 148738 fish may stop moving, and that is normal. Once they start moving againrepparttar 148739 male will start blowingrepparttar 148740 eggs up intorepparttar 148741 bubble nest; most females help with this process, too. The spawning process can last many hours and they will continue this cycle until she has released all her eggs.

Oncerepparttar 148742 eggs have all been releasedrepparttar 148743 female can be removed fromrepparttar 148744 tank. The male will continue to care for their bubble nest and eggs until they hatch in about 24-48 hours. Oncerepparttar 148745 fry are all free and swimmingrepparttar 148746 male must be removed or he may eat them.

Remember that you should be offering food torepparttar 148747 Bettaís throughoutrepparttar 148748 spawning process.

There! Youíve done it! Youíve just bred your first Betta fish! All ofrepparttar 148749 fry may not survive but as long as temperatures are kept just right youíll end up with more than a handful for which to care.

Amanda Fenton is a Betta fish lover and contributing writer to, a site providing information and tips on betta fish care.

Ten Tips for Caring for Your Betta Fish

Written by Amanda Fenton

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5. The PH of your tank should be at exactly 7.0. You can get a PH testing kit at your pet store along with solutions to minimize or increaserepparttar PH of your water.

6. When you cleanrepparttar 148717 plants, rocks, or decorations inrepparttar 148718 bowl you should never use soap on them. Itís very hard to completely rinse all soap from these items andrepparttar 148719 soap residue can harm or even kill your Betta. Instead, use warm water and an abrasive brush to clean his things.

7. Keep your Betta tank, jar, or bowl covered! Your Beta will jump and you donít want him to end up flopping onrepparttar 148720 tabletop! Keepingrepparttar 148721 water level at least two inches fromrepparttar 148722 top ofrepparttar 148723 tank should also cut down on this problem.

8. Your Betta is a meat eater and likes live foods, such as brine shrimprepparttar 148724 best. Frozen bloodworms are also a good choice for your meat eater. Most Betta fish will happily eatrepparttar 148725 Betta pellets sold at most pet stores. For a special treat every now and again you should offer some live food! Youíll have fun watching him eat it up!

9. Do not decorate your Betta bowl with rocks or marbles that may cause your Betta to get stuck between or under them. Be sure that they are a flat smooth surface that provides no risk torepparttar 148726 health of your fish.

10. Remember that your fish is a living, breathing responsibility. You need to feed, clean, and care for your Betta just like you would any other pet. If heís sick take him torepparttar 148727 vet, if heís hungry feed him, if his home is dirty, clean it.

Thatís it! These ten tips for caring for your Betta fish will have you well on your way to keeping a healthy fish. Internet Betta Groups or library books can be a great source of information should you want to learn more about your finned friend!

Amanda Fenton is a Betta fish lover and contributing writer to, a site providing information and tips on betta fish care.

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