Hello and welcome!! I love the diversity we have here on this forum~ So many different countries are represented in our members!
Wow, $35 for a halfmoon male is a LOT! At my LFS they sell for approx. $10-12, and I even think those are a bit overpriced. A plain veiltail? You can get one for $1-2. and females get ignored, sadly, because they are smaller and don't have the long, pretty fins the males have. A lot of members on here have sororities, though, myself included, so we love the females just as much as the males!
Good luck on your breeding venture! We have some really top-notch breeders on this site who can help you out. And if you're looking for a nice pair, I'm sure you can contact one of them to help you get one.
Best of luck with everything!