While I like veiltails I don't really understand how you would go about breeding quality ones from pet store stock
Without knowing the genetic background of a fish you'd just be throwing two fish together based solely on looks with no knowledge of what that fish is capable of producing. It'd be like me going out side tracking down two feral cats and mating them together in the hopes to eventually set enough traits so that they would be distinguishable from average petstore fare.
Breeding based solely on visual phenotype is unpredictable and it just seems like it'd be easier to import show quality veils from a country that allows them to be show and develop our own strains from there.
Also it kinda seems like people here want a 'pet quality' class to be included in betta shows and while that sounds like awesome fun it could also be crazy problematic.
I've been to cat shows with categories for best pet quality cat and without a standard to judge against the people whose cats don't win are always at a loss as to why. What does a judge tell someone whose pet lost when the winning animal was chosen based on nothing more then the whims of the judge?
I'd love to see the U.S.A adopt other countries vieltail standard and bring back showing them, but going out to pet store and trying to 'breed up' just seems so hard.....