bettas is fairly simple but its what comes after that is more difficult.
I used to work for a betta breeder and she had 100's of betta males and females!
She had one big room in her house dedicated to breeding them and was and still is quite successful.
She has a website...Welcome to bettatalk.com, the ultimate betta site for all betta lovers!
and has been on animal planet
and is founder
and President of L.A.B.S (Los AngelesBetta Society)
It was really beautiful walking into a room full of colorful male bettas-like a rainbow or fins! Watching the mating process is beautiful and exciting.
All the males were housed in separate containers(in the betta room) and the females were housed together in huge tanks of 100+ in her front rooms.
When its time to breed them of course the fem and male are put together. But a serious breeder will not just whatever female and male together haphazardly!
Things do not always go well. They will fight but hopefully not to the point of killing each other. Hopefully the female wants to mate with that male (she can be choosy)...if not he can and sometimes will injure her. She can be hurt very badly
and die from her injuries. She then needs to be removed and treated in her own container til she recovers and heals. Sometimes the female will get hurt as well as she fights back.
So when the mating time comes they have to be watched thru the process.
When they do mate/ spawn the male catches the eggs in his mouth as the female releases them. He spits them into the bubble nest he has already prepared. When this process is done the female needs to be removed soon afterward or he will kill her. He takes care of the eggs all by himself.
Now, raising the fry when they hatch can be challenging too. They are very tiny
as you can imagine and good nutrition is essential and diligent care is needed for the fry to survive and flourish.
Being successful at that takes lotz of good research, time and dedication.
- Go to that link and ask Faith any questions you have on raising the fry.
Hope you do well.