Originally Posted by Basement Bettas
Good pairs are going to mean different things to different people. Do you just want to creat some pretty colored fish or do you want to breed to the IBC standard. I have seen some beautiful fish but they are not acceptable colors in the IBC so to me they are not good breeders. My objective makes me reject fish many others would die to breed. What is your reason to breed then we can offer better advice??
This is a pair I have in right now..
these reds are also in a spawn tanks..
This is a past spawn.. only got a few offspring and some will go to convention.
Adding onto that, a pair should compliment each other. For instance, take a look at a spawn from Joep, "BettaTerritory, Netherlands" -
He plans to breed this male-
Notice the severe dip in his head. Joep decides to use this female-
She has a nice, smooth topline that compliments
One of their offspring with a clearly much improved topline-
Always breed for form first, and then color. "Build the house before you paint it." A good pair is one that shares good traits, and compliments each other's flaws. (Kind of like a good pair in us humans. Awwww.)