BETTA SPLENDENS – Breeding – facts info

BETTA SPLENDENS – Breeding – facts info

MVI_5140.MOV.Immagine003Sexual Dimorphism:

Males that have mutated vein fins have long fins, also between the two ventral fins (under the gills, close to the excretory apparatus) have three small white dots;
Females normally have shorter fins, but this is not a sufficient distinctive trait between the two sexes as there are short-sighted males (plakat). The females, however, have a small spherical white growth between the two ventral fins (ovodepository) that is visible looking from the bottom up or from the bottom of a transparent container, especially after a plentiful meal.

Conditioning of the breeding animals:

Supposing they are still separated, over-feeding the female giving food at least 3/4 times a day; Remember to raise the tank temperature by at least 29 degrees Celsius, verify that the PH is at 7 and nitrites and nitrates are absent. This dedicated tub, small around the 20 to 30 liters maximum, will be covered to maintain moisture and sand free to facilitate male egg collection, with hollow example pots to help the female hide during coupling and floating plants and To help the male to form the nest.

Mating, fertilization and hatching procedure:

We will attend the formation of the bubbetta_splendens-accoppiamentoble nest formed by the male, It is saliva bubbles that the fish knocks and releases next to each other to build a compact and foamy body to which the eggs will be attached. The best time to put both fish in the tub is the night before turning off the lights: the female will have time to settle in the bathtub without the male attacking her, complicating the darkness, and the courtship will begin the next day at the first lights Dawn. The male will start going back and forth between the nest and the female, passing them next to the parade and best performing its fins and colors to court and attract it under the nest. It will happen at first that the female is reluctant and the male bit her to “spur her”, sometimes tearing her fins; It is not uncommon for attempting to convince the killer, so it is important if a couple tries to provide a series of hiding places where the female can be protected from the aggressiveness of the male.
The male will emit sperm to fertilize them, and when it falls they will recover all of them with their mouth, sifting every corner, then take them under the nest to store them. After the various hugs once the female has run out of eggs the male will brutally kick it out Nest since it has become a potential threat to eggs: now it is advisable to remove the female. The kid will take care of the nest uninterruptedly day and night to arrange the eggs by eating those moldy or non-fertilized and putting it in place continuously by adding new bubbles or moving them from one point to the other in the bathtub.
If the temperature is always around 29 ° in about 24 hours there will be eggs hatching, with the small huts hanging from the nest in the vertical position (vertical swimming phase): even at this stage the father will take care of them, recovering with Mouth drops from the nest because they can not swim and then resound in the bubbles.
After a few days, usually two to four, the little ones will go swimming in the horizontal: they are now autonomous because they have re-absorbed the entire vein bag and learned to swim, so the father stops taking care of them since he no longer considers them Children and indeed, begins to give them up. It is time to take away the father too. For the first 4-5 days, the little ones will be fed with specially suspended nutritional suspensions for avocados and then passing to the salivary salivary nauplies that have just been opened up to six weeks of life.