I look at some of my fish sometimes and I am tempted to try it. I have female crowntail with dark purple fins. However it seems like no one likes crowntails.
I have a female and male that are unrelated that sure look like they could be. They would not be show fish but probably consistent in coloring ect and some fish will probably have nice fins. I noticed how alike they looked after the female (aquabid) gained her true colors I showed Ollie (petstore fish) the female in a container outside the tank (curious to his reaction). It was pretty funny he looked her over, swam by a few times and promptly swam quickly to the back of his tank and hid. He would not come out until she was gone.
I think about the culling (not sure I could do it), the rehoming and the reason I got into bettas was the sad conditions I've seen them in. Either way I know am not in a position to breed at this junture. I do appreciate the time and cost involved. Right now I am trying to learn to be satisfied with the fish I have.
I can see the curiousity thing. That is what I feel curiousity. The process and seeing the outcome seems fascinating. I would like to have another Gen- Ollie he is a wonderful fish and they don't live forever. However, some fish don't even live through the breeding process. They get can be killed. I would feel awful if that happened.
Anyway, if you decided to become a serious breeder what made you want to breed? Do you feel that some people get started into it for the wrong reasons? I've been surprised by some posts by some people in this section that seem like no forethought or research was done before breeding.
Some people criticize people for using pet store fish to breed. What is wrong with it? I am not sure the quality is much better.
I recently bought some fish off AB fortunately they are meant to be pets not breeders. One has deformed ventral fin you could not see in the pictures. The breeder didn't mention it I felt he should have (would you rate him badly?). He's an EE I paid a pet store price no big $$ and he's charming. I was annoyed but he's a nice purple fish which was part of the goal. I could not get his color locally. I will enjoy him. I've seen some beautiful EE's at Petco that I think could breed nice fish. I've seen some really nice fish locally so why do some people object to this?