Hey all. I've decided a would like to pursue a new hobby in the future, and since fish are very important to me, I'd like that hobby to be breeding bettas. We have a LFS near me which buys only from local breeders, so I do have somewhere I could sell the fry, and I am also willing to sell on Aquabid eventually. But all of that is far in the future. First, I have several questions about breeding. I have done some research, but I always prefer to have some input from our members here as I know we have some top-notch breeders in our midst!
1) I would love if you could give me a list of supplies I might need. I know I'll need at least a 10 gallon tank (or tub... do kritter keepers work well?), a heater, a sponge filter, food for the babies (suggestions?), and jars for the males as they get older (what works best for this?). There must be a huge other list of supplies I'll need, no?
2) I know most everyone says to breed you must buy fish from other breeders. I also know petstore fish are not considered breedable by most. But my new CT seems to have amazing fins (unless I am wrong), and I adore his color combination. Would it be out of the question to breed him? Am I missing some major flaws in him? This is Kai...
3) How many babies might I expect out of a single spawn? I'm assuming the male to female ratio would be right around 50/50? What age is appropriate for the bettas to go to their new homes?
I'm sure I'll have more questions as I think more about this. No worries, I'm not planning on breeding for quite a while, just looking to get information so I can know what all I'll need when I feel ready to take on the endeavor. :)