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Betta Channoides Spawn.

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This topic contains 12 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  keith565 9 years, 7 months ago.

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    Matt
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    Well I’ve just spent a lovely 20 minutes. Went out to the garage to feed the fish and the Betta channoides were right in the throes of spawning! One of the females has been looking a bit frisky over the last 48 hours or so and I’ve been hopeful. The fish have spawned before but the males seem to keep eating the eggs. This time I actually watched the pair embrace, followed by the female laying eggs, taking them into her mouth and spitting them up for the male to catch!

    The female was lying horizontally underneath the male, just above the substrate. The colour of these in full breeding dress really has to be seen to be believed. The male is bright crimson with brilliant white and black edging along the edges of his fins, and an intense black patch on the gill plate. The normally dull brown female takes on an intense pattern of cream and dark brown vertical bars, with bright scarlet and violet blue patches in her fins.

    She was literally spitting the eggs directly upwards, pointing her head upwards and appearing to flare her gills as she did so ( I couldn’t see particularly welll as the pair were at it under an overhang of bogwood, right in the corner of the tank). The male would then shoot out and try to catch the egg. Sometimes he missed (more down to the speed of his own movement than anything else) but the female simply caught the egg neatly and tried again. Quite amazing to watch.

    I left them to it as I didn’t want to spook them, came out of the garage and across the street under the big willow tree was standing an adult fox! Heh heh sometimes living in the armpit of England is ok!

    #304275

    Matt
    Keymaster

    These are a few months old but they serve to give an idea of the beauty of these fish. This is their normal colouration, and you can see a female to the lower left of the male in the top image, another underneath him, and yet another as a blur towards the back of the leaf (I have lost a female since these were taken, unfortunately).

    The males have the ability to dull their patterning very rapidly and appear almost the same colour as the females. I suppose that this is because they need to be able to become camouflaged very quickly in nature. In the tank there are 4 males and only 2 females, and there are always at least a couple of males with this red patterning. I guess it’s territorial to some degree, although aside from a bit of chasing they’re really peaceful with one another.

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    #304289

    keith565
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    Hi Matt.
    great pic m8.
    glad to see them spawning regularly. mine never stop now, I’m always pulling fry from the tank.

    #304290

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Hey Keith, welcome to the forum! Great to see you here mate.

    #304294

    Graeme
    Participant

    Congratulations Matt!!

    #304311

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Why thank you kind sir

    #304466

    keith565
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    QUOTE(keith565 @ Feb 8 2008, 07:39 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Hi Matt.
    great pic m8.
    glad to see them spawning regularly. mine never stop now, I’m always pulling fry from the tank.

    sorry for not getting back sooner.
    i’ve still got them, but never seen any spawning activity, lots of cover to, but no visible fry. but we can live in hope.

    #304467

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Hey Keith try feeding them solely on bloodworm for a bit; it seems to being them into condition in no time. A water change with water that is slightly more acidic than that in the tank also seems to trigger them. How are you getting on with the macrostoma mate?

    #304509

    keith565
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    cheers m8, will try the bloodworm and water changes as u suggest.
    had a brooding macro a few weeks ago, but he didn’t hold for long, then nothing. so we have a start.

    #304511

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Must have been an exciting moment mate. Am sure you’ll have wee ones in no time

    #304524

    keith565
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    exciting was not the word i thought of /biggrin.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:D” border=”0″ alt=”biggrin.gif” />

    #304527

    Matt
    Keymaster

    I sincerely hope you’re alone when they finally do produce a viable brood then mate

    #304534

    keith565
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    so do i mate, SOOOO DO I

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