Breeding Betta

the Thai way (1)

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by Atison Phumchoosri

        Since fish fighting, particularly Betta fighting has been one of the most popular games in Thailand for many decades, Thai people know how to breed and raise them very well. But not all of them successfully breed and raise them to adult size and the survival rate may not be very high.

        What I am going to explain now is how I breed my Betta based on past experiences during the last 40 years, together with what I have seen and collected from hundreds of breeders in different parts of Thailand . It may not suit everyone in all parts of the world, but at least it may be used as a guideline for those who have failed to breed and raise them to beautiful adult sizes.

        First of all, let's make things easy by finding one bowl of about 30 cm (12 inches) in diameter. It can be of plastic, porcelain or anything that can hold water. Put clean water into it with a depth of only 10 cm (3 1/2 inches). Leave it for at least 3-4 hours in order for any chlorine to evaporate. Add some almond leave extract as well, for this I recommend to use Atison's Betta SPA in a concentration of 5 ml per gallon (4 liters).

Spawning tank

        Now you have a male and a female that are healthy. The healthy male can be recognized from its bubble. If there is bubble in the male bottle while pairing, it means that it is healthy. The healthy female is alert and normally has a big belly and on most occasions has stripes on her belly. Give them plenty of food for their last meal at least 2 hours before you put them into the spawning tank. We recommend the use of Atison's Betta PRO during the whole conditioning period.

        Since the female has to be in the spawning tank for about 2 days while the male has to be in it for at least 5 to 6 days without food, you must give them plenty of good food prior to the spawning. I never give them food during spawning because it will create a bad habit for them in the next spawning. They will get used to eating during spawning and if they are without food they will eat their eggs and fries which you can not use any more.

        I put both of them in the spawning tank with my hands but avoid touching the water in the bottle because I want the spawning water to be of superior clean quality without debris from the old bottles. It is very important to add Atison's Betta SPA wild almond leaf extract as it will help incite spawning and will improve the quality of the bubble nest.
        Cover the spawning tank with a cardboard and leave it for about two days. In  the first few hours the male will build a bubble nest under some floating leaves I put in. You can also use a feeding station of which the size is perfect for this purpose. While he builds the nest, he sometimes chases the female and then comes back to build the nest again.

        After a couple of hours the nest is ready and the male will try to chase the female to go under or near the nest and then the spawning begins. The session will last about 4 hours . Sometimes both of them will help each other collect eggs to the nest. When the spawning ends, the male will chase the female away. It is now time to take the female out and take good care of her. She will be able to spawn again after 16 days.

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Atison Phumchoosri Betta Farm
61 Moo 11 Tambon Kaeng Krajarn, Kaeng Krajarn District, Petchaburi Province 76170 Thailand.
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