Hi! My name is Melissa (or just Mel). Iím a new betta breeder, well I donít know if I can say that yet. I have a long way to go before my first spawning! I was already to get started, than found this forum as I was looking for a female HM for my Thor to breed with. Iím glad I did! I have learned a lot already and have a lot more to learn. I want to thank all of you that have posted the stickies that are really helping me.
I love VTís. They may not be so desirable by breeders, but I still think they are some of the most beautiful bettaís I have seen. Currently I have 15 bettas. My female VTís are Amor, Gema, Lofin, and Freya. I only have 1 male VT, Mr. Fish (Mr. Fish is actually the betta that started it all for me), but my daughter has 4 male VTís that I care for also. These four are Luv, Darling, Monster, and Gaylord. I finish off my male bettas with a HM named Thor, and a DT we call Mani. My last three bettas are babies for petco, I believe I have one CT and 2 VT babies.
Opps, I almost forgot my mystery fish, Blanca.
I got Blanca for Petco. They had her marked as a female VT. I knew right off she was not a VT, but an Elephant Ear. I assumed they were correct about the female part, but Iím not so sure anymore. When I put together a sorority Blanca became VERY aggressive and it didnít tank long for a bubble nest taking up a quarter of the 10 gallon tank to be built. Since the tank was not set up for breeding & I donít have food for the fry I removed Blanca until I can be sure it is a female. (Pic attached)
As I stated in the beginning, I am just starting out. I thought I was ready, besides food, but have learned here that I have a lot more to learn before I start. I need to get the terms for the fins down. Right now the only one I can remember every time is the dorsal. I want to learn more about NPTís and find out if I can use one as a spawning tank or if bare bottom is still better. I need to organize (and probably research more) my information on breeding colors and types. I need to make myself a shopping and check list. Once I have everything together and ready to go I need to get myself a pair of bettas that I can get some good fry from.
As a last note, I am a mother of 2 (14 yr old girl & 3 yr old boy). Engaged & soon moving so my mother can move in with us. I am also going to school online for a BA of English Literature. I am not looking at showing bettas myself at this time, but I do plan on selling them. Any advice, tips, suggestions, or questions are welcome. I do have pic of all my bettas in albums here, except the babies.