How do fighting fish mate?
Provided the aquarium conditions are correct and the fish are in
breeding condition, once the female is added to his tank or vice
versa, the male will start to build a nest on the surface of the
tank out of bubbles that he makes. He may well incorporate bits of
plant to add strength to the structure. Every now and then he will
swim up to the female and flash his fins and try to encourage her
to go with him under his nest. Once he has achieved this and the
female is with him under the nest he will wrap himself around the
females body embracing her. The pair will remain trembling in this
embrace for a few seconds. Then the male will gently break away and
the fertilised eggs will start to drop towards the bottom of the
tank. He will collect these eggs and blow them into the nest. Then
the process of embrace, collect etc will continue until the female
is spawned out and he drives her off. This is the time to remove
her otherwise the male will kill her.
The fighting fish will be funny and active, but what is funny to
you is a ritual dance to the males.
the male releases hi sspirm and the female releases her egss and
they get to each other and then what ever gender of spirm reaches
the egg first is the gender of the fish