I bought a beautiful CT and petsmart, and had every intention of breeding him and others as my project for aquaculture. Then, when I started to research more, learned about genetics and show quality, I decided I would breed ONLY the best. My lil CT guy - The BEST of petsmart, doesn't hold a candle to imports. He's going to a loving home, a PET home, (My mom fell in love with the lil guy so I'll see him once in a while
) I just feel personally it's the responsible thing to research first, and thank goodness I did or I'd have listened to the petsmart guy and be breeding petstore fish no one wanted, and watching all the fry die of starvation because they can't eat pellets.
I think, if you cannot afford monetarily or time wise to search for and to buy quality fish, how then can you afford the housing and care of hundreds of fry, culture live foods, and better the betta?
Besides, I've seen betta locally for $2.99, I'm sure it's not JUST here. Who'd pay $30 to insure LIVE, stress free as possible shipping for a FREE fish of that quality? I strongly believe with what is available it makes no sense to try to re-form petstore fish, it's years and years behind the form and fins of show quality. I'd rather not try to shove off fry to friends who don't REALLY want them and they'll live in an unheated vase their whole lives, which probably wouldn't be long when they fail to do water changes.
Just my two cents, though!