IF you can find a decent fish in pet stores you're lucky. I spend as much time as I can looking at fin and form.
The fry from that male look good, however show no relevance to him. He was gold, the fry are green, blue, and red copper. Their mom is a green marble HMPK. She has fancy marble import blood, as well as marble blood from Chard56 YET all his hidden genetic traits proved dominant. I simply liked the male and when the opportunity came for me to adopt him I did. And promised a ton of people his offspring.
Out of hundreds of pet store fish I've seen, I've purchased only a few who had the traits I'd even consider.
That male is the only pet store betta I've spawned all year.
It takes the same amount of time, space, and money to breed a ton of pet quality bettas as it does to raise nice, show quality, bettas.
From Betta Talk:
" Avoid pet store bettas like the plague. I have covered the topic in length in my very first Bettatalk Radio show, so here is a little synopsis for those of you who missed it: Pet store bettas are not suitable breeders for many reasons, but here are just a few: they are too old. Old bettas have no sex drive (not unlike old people LOL) and since they have not yet come up with a Viagra for bettas, you will be S.O.O.L. Most bettas live only 2 years, most of them stop spawning when they are about 14 months and most pet store bettas are already 1 year old or older (because ignorant people want the BIG bettas with BIG fins, not understanding that those bettas lives are already pretty much behind them)
they are often unhealthy. Kept in poor conditions at the pet store and shipped from the far East in even poorer conditions, most of them carry diseases and are either already sick or are contaminated and soon will become sick. You take them home and they die on you. Only bettas in tip top condition make suitable breeders so that means the pet store bettas in most cases are out.
they have the wrong tail type. 99% of pet store bettas are veil tails and veils tails are a thing of the past. Meaning that no reputable breeder breeds veil tails and that the current betta finnage standards have long bypassed the veil tail mutation. We are on to bigger and better things, such as halfmoon tails, delta tails , Double Tails and crowntails. A veil tail is not even allowed to show on the circuit and has no retail value. It will be hard to sell the fry.
last but not least they have no set genes. Meaning they are "mutts", a blend of tons of different genes, the result of none selective breeding, meaning were breed at random without any breeding goal (other than producing tones of cheap bettas to make quick money). You will never be able to accurately predict the outcome of any spawns from pet store bettas. Further more they all carry major faults which would take years and years of hard work to rectify, such as red washes on blue bettas, or blue iridescence on red bettas, bad DT splits and other hidden flaws and deformities.
So do yourself and the betta hobby a BIG favor and don't propagate bad pet store betta genes."
Last edited by MrVampire181; 05-15-2012 at 02:28 AM.