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T. vittata releases fry from mouth after agonistic display

Home Forums Fresh and Brackish Water Fishes T. vittata releases fry from mouth after agonistic display

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    Carnivora
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    I have a male and female T. vittata. They have been bred numerous times (pretty much anytime I do a water change). Originally, I thought they were both males because of how they fought, coupled with the croaking. Eventually though, a nest was made, eggs were lain, and fry produced, although I never tried to raise any.

    So something weird happened. I heard them croaking so I looked over. Their fines were spready and shimmering, which is normal. I have seen it many times now. I noticed this time that they have their mouths extended. They then pointed them at each other for a few seconds. Neither backed down, and the male (who I can confidently recognize) seemed to cough up some bubbles. Upon closer examination, the bubbles were fish fry that quickly swam to the top.

    Has anyone ever had this happen?

    #344999

    Colin
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    Hi,

    I have seen this with some bubblenesters but usually only if they are moving the fry from one nest to another, perhaps for safety reasons. Sometimes females Bettas might try and steal a few eggs/fry for themselves, I have seen this with coccina group fish now.

    Maybe the male got distracted while moving fry by a quick fight / display?

    cheers
    Colin

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    Carnivora
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    QUOTE (Colin @ Aug 19 2011, 05:44 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Hi,

    I have seen this with some bubblenesters but usually only if they are moving the fry from one nest to another, perhaps for safety reasons. Sometimes females Bettas might try and steal a few eggs/fry for themselves, I have seen this with coccina group fish now.

    Maybe the male got distracted while moving fry by a quick fight / display?

    cheers
    Colin

    The male went on to do this a few times. What I also found strange was that the fry were already able to swim horizontally. I would perhaps expect it if they were still vertical, but I thought they lost interest in the fry once they were able to swim.

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