Join Date: May 2012
Location: Texas.. where else IS there.. lol
I do not do "friend" for me personal. Only use the personal FB to keep up with family and a few close friends. Search for basementbettas on FB, it is a page. I have over 1200 likes and tend to be educational over there.
THis area tends to be about discussing the standards. Even though you want show quality fish, keeping a pet sorority is really what you are doing. A *quality* show female will be close to $30. And you want a tank of them. At least 5 is a good number. So now you are looking at $150. And then you have to figure the shipping in on top of that. All fish from one breeder and now you are in around $200. See where we are going? It is not worth it to most to spend that kind of money to have a tank of female bettas just for the ability to saw they are show quality. So the assumption is you are going to have pet quality fish, sorry I jumped rather quick to that. Reality is you will get some pretty fish to keep that are probably going to be culls from a breeder.
You do not tend to see the really great females offered for sale. I hoard mine and show few of them. A female tends to *stamp* her type pretty strong in the offspring so I never let the best ones out of the house. And since here lately I can not breed males, you will see all my show points this year are from my females. Realize they are my culls, so it sould give you an idea of what I may have hiding at home. You do not tend to purchase show quality but breed it in your lines over time.
Again, my FB tends to educate people on what to look for. You want good toplines, good body length, 180 spread, sharp edges, 8 ray branching and perfect color. ALso want a broad dorsal base, the dorsal to flow smooth into the tail and an level anal that also ties in even to the tail. I personally do not like long anals on females as I hate them on the males. And you have to have balance. Probably think I am speaking a foreign language by now. There are some reviews here and I do them on AB fish and post them to my FB page for the purpose of education and developing an eye. I can be a bit *brutal* on your average pet fish as I am pretty hard on my own. But what I achieve in my breeding is a result of that hardness.
So if you want a tank of females and are not where you can breed just get some that are attractive to you. Spend some time on my FB page and develop your eye. Read the reviews then look at your fish and find their flaws. The more flaws you can spot, the better your eye becomes. When you are ready to breed you will have an idea of what you want. You will not get anyting close to it.. but you can decides what faults are easierst to live with and go from there. A breeder will produce fish. A good breeder will improve them. Anyone can buy two nice fish and get lucky. A good breeder will be several generations down and producing better fish than they started with and hopefully winning some classes.
Basement Bettas ~ Breeder of Show Bettas
Currently ranked first in 2013-2014 Season
Nationally ranked 3rd in point standings 2011-2012
Nationally ranked 5th in point standings 2012-2013
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