Since I can't feasibly breed bettas right now I decided to undertake a much easier species to breed... Guppies!
Before everyone gets super gushy. My main motive for raising guppies is live food for my bettas. What I don't feed will be given away to the LFS for store credit or on craigslist as feeders.
I rescued a male off craigslist (actually the owner just gave him to me after I agreed to take in her unwanted bettas) and got two females from the pet store. Unfortunately the male died (most likely due to old age) but my two females are happy and healthy.
My first female dropped her first batch today. 13 little fry. This batch I will be keeping and raising to adulthood before giving away.. purely for the experience of raising them.
Bottom female is the mother of these fry.
I'll try to update with pics of these guys. Since there are 13 what I'll probably do is go ahead and cull half and raise the other half, then do the same with the other female's first drop.