Signs of a Pregnant Betta Fish

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Betta fish are spawning fish, which means that the female lays eggs and the male betta fish will fertalize them. So in actuality, there is no such thing as a pregnant betta fish.

However, if you have placed a female and male betta fish together in the same tank, it is possible that the female is ready to release her fertalized eggs – so to simplify we can now call her a pregnant betta fish even though this is technically incorrect.

When trying to determine if your female betta fish is ready to lay eggs, take a look at the underside of her belly. There will be a white dot or small white stripe, and it will appear full. Make sure not to confuse this with a constipated betta fish – which may occur if she is stressed or if the water temperature or other conditions are not ideal. The most important indicator in determining a pregnant betta fish is the white dot or prominent white stripes. If you are concerned your Betta is sick, check out the article Signs of a Sick Betta Fish. It’s also a good idea to learn to diagnose Betta Fish illnesses and betta diseases.

There can also be some confusion that occurs when overfeeding your betta. Betta fish can appear to be bloated or full, and can give the appearance of looking like a pregnant betta fish. Once again, make sure to check for the prominent white stripes or white dot on her underbelly before jumping to any conclusions that you have a pregnant betta fish or a female betta that is carrying eggs. Take a look at these Betta fish mating strategies if your goal is breeding your betta fish. Make sure to also provide proper betta fish nutrition if you are looking to breed your betta.

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It’s important to realize that your female betta fish will occassionally have eggs and release them. It will require a male betta fish to fertalize the eggs for them to actually hatch and become babies. If there is no male present, the female betta fish will drop the eggs and they will remain infertile and not hatch or produce betta fry.

So now it may make sense – the reason I said earlier that there is no such thing as a pregnant betta fish is that with spawning creatures, such as bettas, the male fertalizes the eggs after they are released from the female. Therefore it really is impossible for there to be a pregnant betta fish.

You will notice this cycle throughout the life of your female betta fish. She’ll appear to be a pregnant betta fish, but really will just be carrying unfertalized eggs from time to time. This generally is a good sign that means she is healthy, safe, and in a good environment – so if you do notice what appears to be a pregnant betta fish (with unfertalized eggs) you should pat yourself on the back for doing such a good job taking care of your bettas!

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