Betta Fish Breeding Basics

Written by Amanda Fenton

Breeding fish can be quite complicated, but these basics for breeding your Betta fish should help ease you intorepparttar process. The more experience you have with breeding your Bettarepparttar 148718 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. Seeingrepparttar 148719 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 throughrepparttar 148720 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 exposerepparttar 148721 two fish to one anotherrepparttar 148722 male may start forming a bubble net atrepparttar 148723 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; followingrepparttar 148724 males’ every move. Her belly will be obviously filled with eggs. These are signs that she is ready and willing to breed.

Set uprepparttar 148725 tank two or three days before you are ready to beginrepparttar 148726 spawning phase of breeding. You’ll want to keeprepparttar 148727 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 torepparttar 148728 tank.

Ten Tips for Caring for Your Betta Fish

Written by Amanda Fenton

Betta fish, also called Siamese fighting fish are one ofrepparttar most popular types of fish found in homes acrossrepparttar 148717 world. Their vibrant color and active lifestyle seems to draw in fish fanatics as well as those who have never had fish before. Betta’s are relatively easy to care for and their low maintenance is particularly appealing to people who would like to have fish but don’t have a lot of time to care for them.

Once you bring your Betta’s home you should begin to familiarize yourself with their movements and typical behavior patterns. When you look at your fish after you’ve had them for awhile you’ll know if something is wrong, if they are not feeling well, or ifrepparttar 148718 water in their bowl is not inrepparttar 148719 best condition simply by being observant.

1. Make surerepparttar 148720 jar or bowl that you keep your Betta in is big enough so that he can swim around and not bump or tear his fins or scales. Also be sure there is plenty of surface area so that he can get enough oxygen.

2. Your Betta will thrive inrepparttar 148721 cleanest water that you can provide for him. He does not require a filtration system, but you should change out a third of his water every three days so it stays fresh and clean and keeps your finned friend from getting bacterial or fungal infections. Aged water (water that has set out for twenty four hours) is what should be used to replacerepparttar 148722 old water.

3. Do not put your Betta fish with other Betta’s. They are called Siamese fighting fish because they are, in fact, fighting fish. They will tear at one another, often causingrepparttar 148723 death of at least one fish before they stop. Betta’s can be coupled with algae eaters, guppies, or corydorus catfish safely.

4. Use a turkey baster to clean small particles of uneaten food or debris fromrepparttar 148724 bottom ofrepparttar 148725 bowl or jar. Allowing this debris to sit atrepparttar 148726 bottom ofrepparttar 148727 jar will causerepparttar 148728 water to become cloudy, unsanitary, and to smell awful.

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