It's been jumping around in my insane membrane, so I decided to write about it
This will be for those who are new to breeding, and who will have to expect selling or re-homing as well.
Re-homing and/or selling
Make sure in your area that people would like to own betta fish. If there are no buyers, there are no sellers.
What then? You could be stuck with 1-80 fry… That's a lot of work once you get passed about 5-15 babies (depending on how much time, and commitment you have).
If you are going to carry on breeding, it is really important. If this is a one time thing for you, it is still important for your first spawn.
Do not be afraid to ask around in your area
is going to be the buyer?
are they looking for in a betta fish?
- Do they like even full-spread finnage
? Do they like certain colorings
? Do they even like the tail-type
you have picked to breed?
EXAMPLE in my area:
Those who have a wide spread (caudal mainly) will sell faster. If they have the “shaggy” look caused by VT/CT spawns they are "cooler"
2. Certain colors such as dark green, black, light blue, white, bright yellow, flawless red, orange, dalmation and butterfly, and marbles will be sold faster.
Doubletail, CT, HM and DUMBOS go faster than any other tail type.
bettas whose fins are not able to fully spread
are less likely to be sold.
like flawed red, pale yellow, royal blue, teal, seem to sell last or not at all.
3. Uneven veiltails
bettas (some heavy finned HM or DT) who cannot swim right, seem to be last to be sold.
Do not forget
if you breed VT you must compete with the chain stores. HM and CT can also be found in most chain and smaller stores. You go with common, you play their game.
Price will be everything.
So, re-think now. What are you breeding VS what will sell
? I’d hate to see people discouraged from the betta world because their spawn never sold or found good homes, and they feel overwhelmed with 50 or so fry.
Now that we got passed the “what if” of the re-homing and selling, onto the next part…
QUESTIONS FOR YOU
1. Now that you have had time to think about it,
what are you breeding? And what are you breeding for? Can you sell or re-home them in your area?
You have to remember the babies!
What will they eat? Ask around for what works best… Obviously live foods are better as they go after it more often than not. There is also non-live foods. Do you know them? Most importantly, do you have the foods you need/want to use?
3. Time Consumption:
Are you ready to dedicate a lot of time to the babies? Not just from when they are free swimming, but even after you have to jar the aggressive ones. Feeding, water changes, disease/illness fighting, culling…
And not just the fry, but the parents
. The male and/or female can be in rough shape after breeding. You have to make sure to keep them healthy before, during and after breeding. Daddy will be exhausted, and mommy will probably have been beaten up, maybe has a few cuts, torn fins, etc.
If you have too much on your plate, maybe right now is not the right time to breed. You do not need to breed right this second anyways
4. Do you understand
breeding, conditioning, fry raising? Do you still have questions? Ask away on this forum! Too much information is better than not enough.
5. Do you know
what signs to look for in a "ready" female and male? Do you know how long to condition, and how to condition? And do you know what to watch out for when they are spawning? Better safe than sorry! You do not want to go in with two bettas, and come out with two severely injured, or one or both dead.
6. The pair and the reasoning:
have you decided on a pair? What are you going to breed and why? If your answer to “why” is “I don’t know” or “because I can" you may need to review yourself, to make sure you have everything organized - not to discourage you, but trying to make sure you get the best experience, and the bettas end up with good homes.
: Would you be willing to ship fish? There may be more demand somewhere else rather than just in your area. On here, you can post your "for sale" or "for adoption" young adult bettas, and get more people loving your all-grown-up spawn!
On a note about shipping... Do not forget about weather and proper packaging. Ask around, look around - see what has worked for people who have shipped fish.
Are you still willing to breed? Good!
This is not a fancy "here's all you need to know" thread, just something to get you thinking about conditioning, breeding, spawning, etc, before you do.
Breeding can be a learning experience - whether show bettas, or pet bettas.