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MyBoyPuck 04-06-2013 06:47 PM

Any Betta experts here?
I have a beautiful female betta alone in a 10 gallon tank. Today I found her at the bottom of the tank, fine, but moving slowly with her belly full of eggs. Do I need to get her a male to build her a bubble nest so she can release them, or will she release them on her own? Without a male present, I'm concerned she will keep the eggs, stop moving/eating and die. She's a beauty, so I would ideally like to keep her healthy.

roseann 04-06-2013 11:18 PM

She more likely has bloat than a belly full of eggs. I would need to look up some info. There are many betta forums that have a wealth of info just like this forum. The folks on there definately have more experience than I do.
However, it seems unlikely about the eggs. Male and females have to be specially conditioned to put them into breeding condition. Its not likely to just happen in a normal tank setup.
Bloat is deadly and needs to be addressed asap. Start looking on those forums. I will do my best to squeeze some research time out for you.
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DraftyAiresMum 04-06-2013 11:29 PM

Can you post a picture of her?

Females can get egg bound without a male around.

I would try feeding her pieces of pea. Take a frozen pea and thaw it in warm water. Take the skin off and cut the inside into bite-size pieces. Target-feed her with a turkey baster or clean tweezers. Peas are a natural laxative.
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DimSum 04-07-2013 07:49 PM

Peas will do the trick, I've used that one as well as soaking food in mashed up garlic then feeding. But if in future you decide to try your hand at breeding, there is a lot to it and you need to research how best to do it. For one thing, males and females cannot be kept together, they are conditioned separately and slowly introduced to one another. The male builds the nest, and after the eggs get fertilized he moves them to the nest. If you don't remove the female at this point he will kill her. There's a ton of data out on the net :)

aerie 04-07-2013 07:55 PM

Peas are a life saver for bettas! Our betta had something wrong with his swim bladder (? the BF is the fish expert and I am just repeating what he told me) and we upped the temperature of his water and gave him a pea and he is doing much better :) we have had to repeat this a few times until he was normal, but peas are seriously the best thing for her :)

DraftyAiresMum 04-07-2013 07:58 PM

I second the garlic! I feed New Life Spectrum foods and they contain a good amount of garlic, so I don't have to soak my food anymore. The fish gobble it up. It's a little more expensive, but soooooo worth it.
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MyBoyPuck 04-09-2013 04:57 PM

She didn't make it. Was gone by the time I got home from work the night I posted this. Ironically I need to move this tank soon to put some flooring down, so her untimely timing was good. Thanks for the tips just the same.

DimSum 04-09-2013 08:34 PM

Sorry to hear it :(

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