Although they have a reputation as "fighting fish, " both male and female Bettas can be more sociable than many people realize. While female Bettas are fine in a solo tank (as long as their human companions remember to keep them company), they are frequently introduced into a single tank for breeding purposes.
Introducing Male and Female Bettas for Breeding
The only time a male and female Betta should coexist in the same tank is for breeding. At this time, the female Betta should be ready to mate so that she is attractive to her male partner. If the female is not ready to breed, she will be met with the same animosity as another male Betta.
To help to ensure that your male and female Bettas are compatible for breeding, take into consideration the following steps:
· First of all, make sure that your female Betta is healthy and ready to breed. If she has been ill, wait for her to get well before mating. A sick female Betta may have trouble producing eggs or the eggs may result in fry with congenital defects.
· Before placing your female Betta directly into the tank with your male, give both fish time to get to know each other. You can do this with a glass partition. By using a glass partition you can allow your Betta male and female to get to know one another without risking any aggression. You can further the relationship by feeding them live food simultaneously, just like a dinner date.
Although it is a bad idea to place a male and female Betta in the same tank when they are not breeding (the male will likely attack the female), some tank owners are fine with placing multiple female Bettas in the same tank.
This tank setup is not uncommon, but if you decide to house female Bettas together, keep a close watch as they can also exhibit aggressive behavior. Watch for any nips and tears and be prepared to remove any aggressors for a time out.
Female Bettas like privacy, so having plenty of plants can be a nice adjunct to housing multiple females in the same tank.
Introducing Female Bettas into a Mixed Fish Tank
While Bettas can be social fish and get along with others, it is important to understand that both male and female Bettas are inherently aggressive. They should be placed with passive fish to avoid problems.