Can you put a female betta with a male?

Asked By: Marca Pedapudi | Last Updated: 12th February, 2020
Category: pets fish and aquariums
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Many people mistakenly believe that betta fish must be kept in “solitary confinement.” Female bettas can live together, and while male bettas will fight with other male bettas, they can be placed singly in a “community” aquarium containing other species of fish.

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Also to know is, will a male betta kill a female?

The betta female will typically not kill the male. They will normally go peacefully together but they are an aggressive species and the male might also surprise you by attacking the female. The best way here is to introduce a fish with an adjacent tank.

Also, how do you introduce a female betta to a male? The female should be introduced to the male in a fairly large tank with plant cover where the female can hide if the male gets overly aggressive. The female should be gravid, the male, healthy, and the temperature should be 80 degrees F.

Accordingly, what happens if you put a male betta and a female betta together?

If you plan on keeping male and female bettas together the two most common ways are by keeping 1 male and 1 female. And of course, remember, that while it is possible to keep male and female bettas together, in most cases, they will be happier in separate tanks.

What fish can you put with a male betta?

  • Cory catfish.
  • Neon and ember tetras.
  • Ghost shrimp.
  • African dwarf frogs.
  • Guppies.
  • Kuhli loaches.

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Will male bettas kill each other?

Two male bettas should never be kept together. One will attack the other male found in its territory and on most occasions kill the other or get himself killed. Traditionally, people have used betta fighting for gambling. They let two male fish fight each other and place bets on the winning fish.

Do female bettas die after laying eggs?

He told me that 60% of female bettas die if they dont breed because they need the male there to push out the eggs from them or else the eggs rot and kill the female.

Can betta fish lay eggs without a mate?

It is fully possible that a female Betta can release her eggs without a Male present, though it is not necessarily normal. When it comes to breeding, Bettas don't “lay eggs”. In the sense that I think you're referencing. They breed via eggs, but the eggs are kept and hatched in a bubble nest.

Why is my betta not mating?

If he spits a Bubble Nest and the female Betta thinks it's garbage, she won't allow herself to be squeezed of her eggs, and the male has to try, try again. It's also possible the female is too young, too old, possibly sick, or just not going to produce viable eggs at this time. Maybe your water parameters are off.

Why do male betta fish kill females?

A male betta wants nothing to do with a female unless she is full of eggs and ready to breed. When the eggs are all laid and placed in the nest, his romantic thoughts toward his mate are all over and he chases her away and will kill her unless you take her out of the tank and put her in one of her own.

How much does a betta fish cost?

Cost of Betta Fish
The initial cost of purchasing your Betta friend generally ranges between$4.00 and $20.00 although this amount can be higher depending on the rarity of the fish. The majority of owners will purchase their Betta fish for around the $10.00 mark from a local aquarium.

How old are betta fish at PetSmart?

Pet store male bettas (PetSmart, petco) generally tend to be past their breeding prime, they tend to wait longer to ship them out, as Kytkattin said above, which results in fish with longer and more devoleved finnage So generally around 8 months to a year old.

How often do female bettas lay eggs?

The female may float sideways and look lifeless while she lays the eggs, but this is normal! This process can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. Most Bettas lay between 30-40 eggs per spawn but some can lay up to 500. The male will start to catch all the eggs, taking them up to the nest.

Do Bettas need a heater?

It is a good idea to include a heater in your betta's tank, in order to maintain a constant ideal water temperature. Though people don't often think of them this way, Betta are tropical fish. That means they live in warmer water in the wild. They require temperatures from the mid-70s, up to around 80 degrees.

Will a betta fish kill a goldfish?

Goldfish Are Dirty (And Bettas Need Clean Water)
And while bettas are hardy fish, they're extremely susceptible to ammonia poisoning which can quickly kill them. But it's not just the ammonia poisoning that can be a problem.

Can betta fish live with shrimp?

The good news is that in the majority of cases, bettas and shrimp will be able to live together peacefully. However, it's always important to remember that it depends on the temperament of your betta. For bettas and shrimp to live together you need to make sure the tank is right for both of them.

How do betta fish mate without killing each other?

Once the female Betta fish has been removed from the water, the male Betta fish releases milt in the tank which externally fertilizes the eggs. After the eggs are fertilized they will begin to sink but the male will catch the eggs that sink by using his mouth and he will carry them up to the bubble nest.

What happens when you put 2 betta fish together?

Yes, you can put two or more betta fish together, but you must follow some rules to prevent not only duels-to-the-death but the more common bullying. Don't put two males together. They will fight until one is dead. If this is your idea of entertainment, please leave the fish-keeping hobby.

Do Bettas sleep?

Nocturnal fish sleep during the day and hunt at night. As bettas are active during the day, they sleep at night. Usually, they sleep when the lights are turned off. So, you may not be able to see them sleeping.

Can female bettas live with guppies?

This is the best combination of guppies and bettas you can have in your tank. While female bettas are still aggressive, they won't be as aggressive as males. And female guppies are less likely to trigger aggression in female bettas. So if you're desperate to house bettas and guppies together this is your best bet.

Is it hard to breed betta fish?

The BIGGEST mistake people make when breeding Bettas is attempting to breed them in the males current tank–don't. You need a breeding tank because fry are extremely fragile and need pristine water conditions. You add no substrate because it will make it harder for males to retrieve eggs and fry can get stuck in it.