Breeding fish can be quite complicated, but these basics for breeding your Betta fish should help ease you into process. The more experience you have with breeding your Betta easier and less complicated it will all seem. Witnessing nature as it takes its course can be fun, exciting, and a true educational experience for people of all ages. Seeing offspring of your beloved Betta spring into action invokes a sense of pride and satisfaction all its own!
Your Betta should be at least five months old and in good health before you attempt to breed. If you attempt breeding with Betta’s that are less than five months old or in poor health you’ll end up frustrated, and your Betta will, too!
If you just bought your Betta from a pet store or had it shipped through mail, you may need to wait a couple of weeks before attempting to breed. Pet store conditions are usually less than ideal and being mailed is, of course, very stressful and your fish will need some time to get acclimated.
Before you attempt to breed you need to do some conditioning. The water must be clear and as clean as you can possibly get it. You should increase feedings to four times a day and feed as much protein as possible, preferably live bait such as bloodworms.
At least a week before you attempt to breed your Betta you should place them in two separate containers where they can view each other. Allowing them to see one another will usually keep them from being aggressive when you put them in a spawning tank together.
Once you expose two fish to one another male may start forming a bubble net at top of his bowl, this is normal behavior. The female will often get stripes on her body and you will know she is ready to breed when she begins to swim as if dancing on her nose; following males’ every move. Her belly will be obviously filled with eggs. These are signs that she is ready and willing to breed.
Set up tank two or three days before you are ready to begin spawning phase of breeding. You’ll want to keep spawning tank away from all sources of heat or air conditioning, and it should be on a stable surface. Add three to six inches of aged water to tank.