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Published on Jan 27, 2008
Part 2: Mating Dance
Recently I decided to spawn my bettas as a sort of experiment. I removed two males who were occupying a divided 10 gallon tank and set it up for a female and male. The divider in the tank separates the filter and heater from the fish so that they don't tear their fins. The fake plants are for the female to hide in when she is tired. The oak leaf is for the male to build his bubble nest under. Finally, the hurricane lantern is to keep the female in until the fish decide that they are ready to spawn.
Notes: Here the female helps the male work on the nest. He bites at her occasionally but is largely tolerant. Finally the pair mate, but Atala produced no eggs. I'm not sure why since she was properly conditioned and ready. I caught her soon afterward and isolated her once more. I will wait another day or so before trying again.
Don't worry--she wasn't harmed. :) He probably attacked her because he thought she'd eaten the eggs.
The male is named Warwick (AKA Wicky) and the female is Atala.