ever find themselves getting emotionally attached to the fish they have bred?
Most of my fish take at least six-eight months to reach adult size, and in the past I only ever successfully raised small numbers of fry to adulthood. Therefore, I have only had to sell a couple of bunches of fry. The rest I kept.
Well I recently grew out my largest spawn to date, which left me with 25 sub-adults. These are of a rare species and one I intend on working with, so I am keeping them all.
However, due to me perfecting my fry raising skills, I now have another couple of hundred fry growing out in my tanks that are going to be ready to sell near the end of the year.
I know I do not have room for more than a 3-4 of pairs of each species, and yet I end up getting so attached to my fry that I find it really hard to let them go. This happens even with the species I don't even really like!
I just worry so much about what kind of home they are going to find if I just sell them or trade them in at a store. A lot of people don't have a clue when it comes to wild bettas, and the market is small here so it is difficult to find appropriate homes for them all.
I love knowing my fish are happy and comfortable enough to regularly spawn, and I love watching my fry grow and learn. It's just that I have a feeling my whole fish room is going to be all these tanks holding adults I bred and couldn't part with haha.
Anyone else feel a twinge of sadness when it comes time to letting go, and anyone else worry about where the fish they have bred might end up?