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Old 11-15-2012, 03:00 AM   #11 
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my understanding has been that in a spawn of 100 well-bred bettas from pedigreed parents, 1-3 will be $10-$30 online auction fish, with maybe one being superb quality (these are the ones you could sell for $40+, but you'd be better off using them for your next generation). then you have 5-10 fish you can sell for $5-$7, and the rest will net you maybe .50 to a dollar if you're lucky. keep in mind this is a best case scenario, and if you manage to break even on a spawn in your first year, you're one of the lucky ones.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:26 AM   #12 
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Very hard to make profit from bettas or even break even.
I think I know only one person who does make profit right now but she has been in this for years and has many prices under her belt. Still I'm sure she's still far from braking even when considering all the years she's been breeding.
I've spent hundreds of dollars in the current spawn I have and I still have to rehome them.
To tell you the truth, even when you have show quality fish from established known lines, when they are grown and you're doing 80+ water changes a day you just want ANYONE to take the fish off your hands.
I gave away over 15 fish of my Spring spawn because I just wanted them out, and they were some really good fish there.
Breeding can be overwhelming and a lot of people quit early because they can't handle it so plan ahead and think about it long and hard.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:08 PM   #13 
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Lfs in Hawaii said he buys vts for 65 cents. So he said he would take my fish for that price even though they are not vts. That's just a back up for extras I have. I could buy some fish food for 10 fish at least.

Locally, there is an aquarium society I belong to. We have a fish auction once a month. When I have better quality fish I will sell them there.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:14 PM   #14 
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I did a ton of research beforehand (and work with what "potential buyers" want before what I want), but I do know if I do not sell my fish I can to the store here, who will be able to give me the price I want (mom and pop store) because I already have a great relationship with the store manager and his family - on that matter I could get at least 2.00 a fish, considering I can give him a variety, and probably some wicked fish at that! But it also depends on your area, your store, that manager/store owner, etc many variables.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:33 AM   #15 
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First off I want to say sorry I haven't replied to this thread, every time I try to I have ended up getting really busy at school

Second - my spawn attempt failed. The male was clueless on what to do, it took 3 days and when they finally wrapped each other I never saw him go for eggs. The next day when I took a mirror out to check under the cup the nest no longer existed. I'm going to have to wait for my AB order to come in and get acclimated to try again

That being said this post will still be useful for future reference an I thank everyone for replying to my questions

[quote=Creat;1310824]For ct I would expect maybe 50 cents depending on how they look (Offer a dollar per fish and haggle from there ;) )... If you have more variety in the babies (say marbles over solid reds) you might be able to sell more or ask more. Betta have a slow turn around meaning that having worked in a pet store vt and ct sit on shelves more often for over 3 months. LFS have to put in money as well to care for them during that time. I always do LFS last sense you never will make money. Try aquabid for the nicest then try listing them here and sell the remainder to the pet store.[/]

The intended color outcome was unknown to me, I was breeding more for form than anything, the male was a black orchid CT and the female a red Cambodian CT. I figured they would make some pretty interesting color combinations. I know around here at the LFS's the higher priced Bettas sit around longer. A black orchids go for about $10 (which is the highest I've seen anywhere) and every time I go to the store that sells them I see the same 6 sitting there, which has been atleast 2 months.
Also had this spawn went well, I was planning on keeping a couple pair, selling the next nicest ones on AB, giving the lower quality ones to friends and family that wanted fish as gifts, and then the ones in the middle to the pet store. I would prefer not to cull, but I know I would have had to anything bad quality that I had if over 100 survived. Hopefully next time goes a little better and I can put my plan into action.

I don't plan to make money on this, it's purely for the love of betta's and wanting to get a good show quality line going.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:13 AM   #16 
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It is a very sad truth. If you're not breeding for passion, you will be disappointed.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:12 AM   #17 
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You can try selling them online if your CTs are from Show quality parents.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:34 AM   #18 
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My baby male, his father was red, and the red's father was a black orchid. Usually red dominates, but you get the odd "what the" in there Form is a good way to go! I do wish you luck... Don't give up. You sound like you have the right plan, just have to keep trying!
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:13 AM   #19 
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My baby male, his father was red, and the red's father was a black orchid. Usually red dominates, but you get the odd "what the" in there Form is a good way to go! I do wish you luck... Don't give up. You sound like you have the right plan, just have to keep trying!

thanks, i'm starting to think its the weather that made this so difficult. they are indoors in a heated room, but I've heard that a lot of other breeders are having this same problem with their spawns
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:32 AM   #20 
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Sometimes I find summer easier. So I may have to agree.
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