Cockerels are amazingly beautiful fish with bright magnificent colors and fluffy fins. They belong to the fighting individuals, the males of this breed organize violent fights among themselves, which can even lead to the death of one of them. With good care, they live up to two years, individuals from five months to a year are best suited for breeding bettas in an aquarium.
All labyrinth individuals (which can breathe atmospheric oxygen) have a distinctive feature. Females often collect eggs and, if spawning is not performed, then it will turn into a cyst and the individual will die. It turns out that the lack of spawning is fatal for the female. It is necessary to spawn the fish when the individual has a large abdomen, you can put them in a separate vessel, wait until the caviar is released, and do not grow fry.
Features of breeding cockerels
Cockerel aquarium fish can lay eggs for breeding in a common vessel or in a spawning ground. A tank about 25 cm long is taken as a separate vessel, filled with water to a height of 10-15 cm without soil. The spawning ground is equipped with low illumination, black substrates, a few bushes of undersized plants. The temperature for reproduction is necessary in the range of 26-29 degrees and aeration is provided.
Cockerels differ from each other in the shape and color of the fins. To maintain good shape, you should select a pair with the same fins and color. A single color pair will produce beautiful monochrome offspring.
Spawning of males can be carried out at any time of the year. Before joining for reproduction, the pair is kept separately for a week and treated to live food. Then a male and a female with caviar belly sit in the vessel. The fish begin mating games, and the cockerel builds a foam nest under the leaves of floating plants. After a couple of days, spawning occurs.
The female gives out up to 600 eggs, after which she needs to be deposited. The signal that spawning is over is that the rooster is circling around the nest, and the female is hiding in a shelter. If the female is not immediately removed, then the cockerel can beat her to death, because she is a threat to the eggs (she can eat).
The male cockerel remains to care for the offspring. During this period, it does not need to be fed or disturbed at all.
Young Animal Care
The incubation period is 1-2 days. The larvae are not kept and fall to the bottom. The male picks them up and puts them back in the nest, destroying the unfertilized and spoiled ones. And after 3-5 days, the fry begin to swim and eat on their own. They assume a typical horizontal position. Now the male is also removed from the spawning ground.
After breeding and fish, parents and young bettas are recommended special care and maintenance. Fish after the breeding process are weak, so they need to be planted carefully, with some water from the spawning ground, so that they acclimatize better.
Fry need live food. The microworm is optimal for them, boiled egg yolk can be used, they need to be fed twice a day. Food for fry in the aquarium must be present at all times. Water needs to be changed constantly. As the fry grow, the food can be coarsened.
By the third month, veil fins stand out in the offspring of males and the first skirmishes begin in the vessel. Now the special bullies need to be removed in another vessel. And by six months, male fry should be seated in separate containers.
Reproduction of an aquarium fish cockerel is a fascinating activity. This is also useful for fish, and as a result, you can get a large number of colorful young animals that will decorate any aquarium.