In this article we will dicuss about Betta Fish/Fighter fish care and breeding.
Betta fish is also known as fighter fish. They are from asia . They live in ponds and small streams. These fishes are active during day time and sleeps in the night. Male betta fishes make bubbles using their mouth to make a nest shaped to care their babies from other fishes. They are available in almost all pet shops. They would be individually kept in small containers or small bowls.
They are very beautiful fishes and available in different colors. In normal case every aquarium owners will be having 1 or two betta fishes. Female betta’s can be put in an aquarium tank. But putting a male fighter fish will fight with other fishes in the tank. So extreme care is required for betta fish.They can leave with fishes like catfish, kuhli loaches or guppies.
Betta fishes are mostly interested in live feeds. Like mosquito’s ,earth worms etc.We can also give them live artemia , flakes and even normal fish foods.
The betta fish should be put in atleast 40 litres of water.If you are using tap water or borewell water kept it open for atleast 3 to 4 days. After that only you need to add the fish. This is not only the case of betta fish but also for all kind of fishes.
Never over feed your betta fish. If the food is not eaten the food will get decayed it will get converted to ammonia. This can cause serious health problems to your betta fish. This can also end up in the death of fish.
Betta fish breeding– Fighter fish Breeding
First step is to feed your male and female fish with healthy food and kept separately. Stick a small piece of plastic sheet half to the container and half floating above water. Male fishes makes a bubble nest above water. For protecting this we are keeping this plastic sheet. If you do not use then also no problem.
Next we have to introduce the female fish. For that we will have to keep the female fish opposite to male fish in a separate tank. Or you can keep the female fish in the same tank of male fish but in a closed container. It is should be kept like this for 1 day. By this time male fish will make ready the bubble nest for breeding.
After 1 day is completed. Introduce the female fish in to male fish tank.The female and male fish will move to the bubble nest made by the male fish. They will start mating each other . During that time the eggs start falling in to the water . Male and female fish will pick it up using it’s mouth and keep it in the bubble nest. Do not worry the betta fish will not eat eggs.It will continue for atleast 3 to 4 hours time.
Normally betta fish will lay around 300 to 400 eggs. After 3 to 4 hours we can see that the female fish will be in a different location of the tank. Now the male will start fighting with the female fish. You have to take extra care and shift the female betta fish back to its old tank. Put a little Rock salt in female tank. It will remove the difficulties occurred during the fight with male fish.
After 2 to 3 days the eggs starts to hatch and the babies starts free swim .The male fish will take back the free swimming babies and keep it back in the bubble nest.After 4 to 5 days we can shift the male fish also from the tank.
For 3 days their is no need to feed the baby fries. After 3 days you can give artemia,infusoria, blood worms etc .Try to feed 2 to 3 times a day. But do not over feed.
Based on tail betta’s are of different types
- Veil Tail Betta fish
It is the common betta fish available in market. It is a very beautiful type due to its long tail.
- Combtail Betta fish
A combtail betta’s fins Will Probably Possess Beams that extend past the fin webbing, giving it a slight spiky appearance, said to look like a comb
- Crown tail
There may be double, triple, crossed as well as quadruple beam extensions. Crowntail betta may have a complete 180-degree disperse, but less can be okay and indeed most commonly found.
- Delta tail
Delta tail betta fish are so called as it Is shaped somewhat like The Greek letter D, however on its side and much more curved at the conclusion.
- Double tail
The Dual tail betta, also Called The DT, is just as it seems: It’s a double edged fin.
It is worth noting that this is not just One caudal fin divide in half, but a real double tail with 2 caudal peduncles.
- Half moon
The caudal fin of a half moon betta Fish includes a feature full 180-degree disperse, like a capital D , fittingly, a half moon.
Both dorsal and anal fins can also be Bigger than ordinary in halfmoon betta.
- Round tail
The round tail is like a delta, But is completely rounded, without direct borders close to the body which makes all tails the form of a D.
It’s also like a Simple plakat, But is considerably fuller and longer than the plakat’s characteristically Short tail.
- Spade tail
The spade tail betta is very like a round tail, however Instead of the tip of the caudal fin being curved, in regards to one Point, such as the spade at a deck of playing cards
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