How to breed betta fish
Betta splendens — fish species of the family macropodum. Is a representative of labyrinth fish that use to breath atmospheric air. It got its name due to the pugnacious nature of the male involved in the tournament.
The main habitat of Betta stagnant or slow flowing waters of Southeast Asia, Vietnam and Thailand, with strong vegetation, and the wetland bottom.
How to breed betta fish at home
Breeding Betta splendens is possible at the age of 3-5 months, when they reach sexual maturity. It is possible to mix fish of different color, their offspring may have a mixed color of the body. For breeding, you can use ordinary aquarium, from 25 centimeters long, with a water level of 10-15 centimeters. Water during spawning shall be as follows: stiffness of from 4 to 15°, pH 6.0-7.5 and a temperature of 26-29°C. also necessarily required aeration, as well as small clumps of vegetation at the bottom of the aquarium and in the water. The lighting should be subdued, the soil in the aquarium is not needed. Before spawning, the male and the female needs a week to keep separate.
First put in the aquarium the male, and after a couple of hours to him sits the female. Courtship begins immediately. The male builds a nest for future offspring from the foam under the floating plants. Spawning begins in about 2-3 days.
After the female rejects eggs (about 100 to 600 eggs) it should immediately be deposited. The male is left to care for caviar. During this period, his need to feed bloodworms. The incubation period is approximately 1-2 days, 3-5 days, the fry begin to swim. The male is deposited from the aquarium, and the water level was lowered to 5 centimeters.
Fry feed on plankton, infusoria.
Keeping betta fish
For keeping betta fish ordinary at home need elongated small aquarium. Male fighting fish in the absence of an opponent quickly fade, grow fat and grow old, so the aquarium should be divided into two parts by transparent partitions and keep one male in each half of the aquarium. If a male one, then into the aquarium to place the mirror. Together grown males can be kept together in one large aquarium with dense aquatic vegetation, but then not to avoid fights and dangling fins and tails. The best option is to keep one male and several females. Lighting come from the top. The aquarium need to fill with thickets of plants, dark soil and various shelters for females pursuing the males. Water content need with the following parameters: stiffness of the order of 4-15°, the temperature of 24-26°C and pH 6.0-7.5. It is possible to feed as live food, and different substitutes. These aquarium fish are prone to obesity, especially when they have little space to swim, so it is important not to overfeed them. It is recommended for them to arrange fasting day once a week.
Betta fish come in several forms:
Giant rumble fish is one of the artificially bred varieties of the breed obtained by breeding selection and breeding of the wild type Siamese fighting fish.
CrownTail are a small part of a family of beautiful Betta. Which are selected and bred to compete in specialized markets.
Halfmoon plakat – the most popular form of Betta is presented today, is reminiscent of the shape of their caudal fin is a Crescent moon, hence the name.
Double – tailed goldfish has two different tail fin. They are located side by side, like goldfish, they are one above the other.
Fish Betta splendens, wonderful friends and beautiful create the most incredible shapes and colors.