That's depressing on Mani, the DT. I was hoping he would be ok to breed because I think he is beautiful, but definitely glad to know it's better just to keep and admire him.
No, I don't have any mates picked out for these bettas. I'm just starting and after reading all the various info here figured my first step in breeding was to see if any of the many bettas I already had was breedable, or if I need to buy a breeding pair.
Blanca, the EE, is still a bit of question. I bought her as a female VT. Well she is obviously NOT a VT. When put in a sorority she built a bubble nest that took up a quarter a 10 gallon tank, than stood guard and attacked any of the other females that came close. Put in a divided tank with a male she will go nose to nose with them and then turn and swim away with no flaring (I tried this with 3 males, she reacted the same each time while each boy flared very nicely). That leads me to believe she is a female. When I am all set up for a spawn maybe I will see what she does with Thor (the HM).
As for Thor, the HM, I need to find him a mate. Any suggestion on what to look for? I was thinking I might try to find a female mustard gas HM. What else might produce nice offspring with his coloring? Melano females are sterile, aren't they?