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Conditioning your breeding pair is one of the most important parts of breeding. Conditioning your pair is the process of ensuring that your breeders are in top health for spawning, which can be a stressful experience on both bettas. Here are 4 easy steps to getting them ready.

1) Your conditioning period should be from 1-3 weeks. Pet store bettas should be conditioned longer due to their horrible living conditions prior to purchase. It will take them some time to recuperate and recover. Bettas purchased from breeders through the mail also need extra time to adjust due to the stress of shipment. I have, however, heard of breeders that breed them immediately upon receiving them. This is where you need to use your good judgment. Keep both of these facts in mind when deciding the length of your bettas' conditioning period. If you have owned your bettas for some time (1 month or more) then 1-2 weeks should be sufficient time. You should also use this information when determining a waiting period between spawning your bettas multiple times/tries.
2) Clean water is a must. Keep your bettas' bowls cleaner than normal during their conditioning period. If you keep your bettas in gallon containers or smaller, water changes every 2 days are advised. Condition the water as normal, adding vitamins if available. A temperature of 76F-80F is ideal, though many people are unable to provide heat to individual bettas.
3) Feeding is very important in conditioning. Live foods are the best choice. Live black worms, adult brine shrimp & mosquito larvae are good choices. Mosquito larvae, when in season, are the top choice because they are free and they happen to be a Betta's favorite food. To get Mosquito Larvae, simply fill a bucket with water, add a few leave to the top and in a week or so, you will see them wriggling all around. Use a net to catch them. Rinse them and I use an eye dropper to feed them to my bettas. Note - Be sure to check your city ordinances, in some cities you cannot have standing water for mosquitoes to reproduce in. If you do not have access to live foods, frozen can be used. Frozen Bloodworms & Brine Shrimp are good choices. Alas, if you are unable to provide live or frozen foods, Freeze Dried Bloodworms and brine shrimp can be substituted. Feed your bettas 2-4 times a day, small portions.
4) There are many opinions on whether or not the breeding pair should remain within view of each other during this period. Use your own judgment and preference. If a pair of bettas are very comfortable or relaxed with each other, I would suggest separating them from each others' view. Absence makes the heart grow fonder :)
Please keep in mind that an adult female betta will always have eggs, the conditioning period is more for the health and vigor of the pair than for egg development. During this time your female will most likely produce more eggs (picture).  Once they are conditioned you can move onto Tank Setup.
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