Keeping Siamese fighting fish is a very rewarding hobby. They each have a unique personality. Also, they are known for their feisty behavior, their long fins, and bright colors. After keeping these fish for an amount of time, many people decide to try their hand at promoting them for fun. This can be a bit daunting as they require some preparation and certain parameters before they will spawn with ease for their owners. Knowing how to set up the spawning tank is an important step when one is just learning to breed betta fish.
1. Tank size – a 5 gallon fish tank is the perfect size for spawning. The water is filled only to 4 to 6 inches. This limits the space that the male and female can hide from each other in!
2. Fresh water – a must have! In nature, bettas are stimulated to spawn after a rain and the accompaniment influx of fresh water into their habitat. Many of these fish will not breed in dirty aquarium water.
3. Hiding spots – for some security for the female. The best hiding spots when breeding betta fish is made up of a bunch of live plants. Java moss or java fern are great choices.
4. Place for the bubble nest – either half of a styrofoam cup or an Indian almond leaf are great spots that will help males know where to build the bubble nest.
5. A heater – the best temperature to spawn Siamese fighting fish in is 80 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. This will allow for optimal growth rate of the eggs and the fry will develop quickly enough to allow them to hunt for food within several days of being born.
Those are the main requirements of setting up a betta spawning tank. If you prepare ahead of time by having everything ready, then there is a better chance at having a successful time breeding your favorite fish!