Betta Channoides Spawning!!!

TedsTank

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I happened upon my BETTA CHANNOIDES (mouthbrooders) spawning this morning!! Yippee!! I did witness one embrace and her dropping the eggs in front of him. He will keep them in his mouth for around 15 days...eggs and then fry.

This will take all day...the eggs seem rather large and she only dropps a couple at a time.

Can't can't watch or disturb them anymore for a couple of days...unfortunately young males are known for swallowing the eggs!!! dang it!!

As they get bit older I'll get pics. What stunning breeding color intensities!!!

I'm so excited, I just can't hide it, I'm about to lose control, but I think I like it!!!!



The Picture is NOT my photo..copied from IBC SMP website
copied for the purpose of a sample fish photo only.
My male is a darker red and brighter white to light blue fin margins.

Photo by KeI SasakI (Betta House)
 

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Lucy

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LOL, Love it Ted!!!
Congrats. Keep up posted, it really is exciting!
 

bolivianbaby

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That's awesome, Ted! Congratulations and best wishes for a healthy spawn!
 
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TedsTank

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I be ascared to in that room anymore til they done!!!!
 

Red1313

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Congrats Ted!!!
Can't wait to hear how it goes for you
Keeping my fingers crossed for ya
 

Shawnie

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that's sooooooooo exciting!! congrats grampa! ;D
did we ever see pics of mum n daddy?
 

Algae Eater

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Congrats! Can't wait for pictures!!
 
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TedsTank

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They are finished now...took 5 hours. He is off hiding, so I have no idea how many eggs he may be holding...they usually have small broods. I need to leave alone him for at least 5 days to be sure he has somewhat bonded with the spawn. I'l get some pics from another source...he looks good in those colors...now he will be very drab to aid in hiding wihile the babes hatch and develope.
 
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TedsTank

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I added a picture into the first post. It is not my fish or photo.
 

Martinismommy

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Ted,

That is so exciting! What gorgeous fish they are....I can't wait to see the babies!
 
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TedsTank

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Thanks, they are sooooo cool. only get about 2 to 2.5 inches.
He probably isn't holding too many...very young fish.
 
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TedsTank

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What a peaceful tank!!! yuck I can't find any of them!!! Hiding in the Java moss and flower pots. I can't disturb them cause he is holding!!!! I need to setup a web cam!!!! It's driving me nutz!!! This is as bad as waiting for our first baby!!!!
 

Red1313

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Haha
 
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TedsTank

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Too cool...the 2 ladies have come out to feed finally. The male drifted by in the back of the tank and is a biege sort of color, to look like the rocks. Hopefully he is carrying at least 5 eggs. He is still young and the eggs are large!!...5 will due fine by me. they say the brood on these fish rarely reaches even 40 eggs cause of their size. Well that means big fry...easy to feed.
 
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TedsTank

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Oh well...he swallowed the eggs, or they weren't fertile!!!

Their first spawn, and are young, so I hope next time is better.
Very exciting for 3 days. She should be ready in about a week...interesting that the females initiate the spawning!!! When she is ready she starts the whole process by seducing him!!
 

bolivianbaby

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I'm sorry he swallowed the eggs. They'll get it right soon, I'm sure.
 
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Lucy

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Bummer Ted. Hopefully next time will work out differently.
Sounds like it was fascinating.
 

Red1313

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Oh I can't wait!
I may have to look into getting me a pair of those I was holding out for betta simplex/ rutilians but maybe I'll have to try these guys at some point
 
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TedsTank

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They are really cool. If anything goes wrong with these I will try Albimarginata...very similar but tougher fish!!
 
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TedsTank

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Nice fish but if I have too much trouble with these I will try albimarginata...very similar fish but easir??? they say.

They are all a bit pricey!!!
I also have Dimidiata males....have to wait to get 2 females...later this spring. I think it is an awsome species.
 

Red1313

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I like the simplex because they are the ones that seem to have water needs that would fit with what I've got. The Rutilians not so much but I love the colour. I'll have to look into the albimarginata, I haven't heard of them before.
 
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TedsTank

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Go to: smp.ibcbettas.org/index.html

Click on "species" and it lists most of the currently known wild betta species with pics.
 

Martinismommy

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TedsTank said:
Oh well...he swallowed the eggs, or they weren't fertile!!!

Their first spawn, and are young, so I hope next time is better.
Very exciting for 3 days. She should be ready in about a week...interesting that the females initiate the spawning!!! When she is ready she starts the whole process by seducing him!!
Isn't that the law of nature the women decide? lol

I'm sorry it didn't work this time but I'll bet next time goes better....I was excited with you Ted!
 
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TedsTank

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Oh silly MM. We like them to think that....a bit of seduction ever hurt anyone....lol

And thank you!!! This is becoming quite a spawning project, they are definitely not an easy fish....if there is such a thing!!! I'll keep ya posted, trying to fatten them up on good mixed food types.

I noticed today that if I put my hand in the tank...and rattle the gravel, they come out looking for food!!!..strange behavior. Makes it easier to be sure they eat.
 
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