siamese fighting fish fun factsThe act of spawning itself is called a “nuptial include”, for the male wraps his body around the female; around 10–40 eggs are published during each embody, until the female is exhausted of eggs. With each deposit of eggs, the male releases milt into the water, and fertilisation happens externally. During and after spawning, the male uses his mouth to retrieve sinking eggs and place them in the bubble nest; during mating some ladies assist their partner, but more often will simply devour all of the eggs she manages to catch. Once the female has published all of her eggs, she is chased clear of the male’s territory, as she can likely eat the eggs. If she is not far from the tank, she will surely be killed by the male. The eggs remain in the male’s care.