So I've been creeping on this forum for awhile and I finally decided to take the plunge and try my hand at breeding bettas. I selected a pair off of aquabid and I was just wondering what everyone thought of them. To be honest I don't really have a specific goal in mind. This is attempt is mostly to experience first hand how breeding works and get an idea how how color and form is passed down to the spawn before I invested more money on an imported pair.
The pair are 3 and a half months old siblings. The mother was a blue and pink red with white trim halfmoon and the father was blue with blue steel halfmoon. (Is 3 1/2 months too young to breed them? Should I wait until they're a little older?) I'm hoping to get a lot of shades of blue out of the spawn.
Both arrived safe and sound two days ago. The male looks like the picture, (hope I attached it right and everyone cans see what I'm talking about haha) he didn't chew his fins or anything which I was really happy about. The female however was so stressed out, poor thing. She arrived almost completely white, although her fins have grown out and are not tattered like in the picture. She's slowly gaining back her color and doing great, but it'll prob be another day or two before her colors are as vibrant in the picture.
My question is what should I feed them to condition them? I was planning on giving them another week or so to adjust to their new homes before beginning but I just wanted to stock up in the mean time. I have hikari bloodworms which I feed my fancy goldfish, so I was planning on giving it to the bettas as well but I was wondering what other types of frozen food everyone else fed their bettas, how often/how much etc. I was also wondering if anyone fed their bettas live food. I know it's largely frowned upon in the goldfish community because live food can introduce parasites and diseases but I wasn't sure if the same theory held up for bettas as well or if they were a little more resilient to it? Basically any help/advice is greatly appreciated.
My next question is on shipping. I live in NJ so ideally when this spawn matures it'll be towards the end of the winter. Does anyone ship fish during the winter, provided it's express and with a heat pack? I just want to start thinking about what I'm going to do with the spawn when it matures.