I do not plan on raising 200 fry. I would be luck to get 50 fry worth keeping to sell. I plan on culling the bad ones and letting nature take it's course with the weak. I have done LOTS of research on breeding over the years. In fact I have been looking into it for over 10 years. I have been keeping fish for around 16 years. I have collected many tanks and stuff over the years.
Breeding can't be more then I have spent over the 16 years on my 5 fish tanks(I have spent a few thousand, I rather not think about it ). I plan on selling my fish in hopes to break even with breeding cost. If I don't break even so what fish keeping is my hobby and always has been.
I am almost 31 and feel it's now or never. I feel I could raise some fry. I even have a fish room ready to go with racks. This would not be my first time breeding I have bred angle fish, cory cats, and other cichilds. Just never betta fish. 16 years of keeping fish has brought me to this.
The main cost concern is the heating bill in the winter time. I plan on using a space heater for my fish room and that will not be cheap. Lucky for me husband is being very supportive of my dream. My 4 year old daughter is excited about breeding bettas too. It's so cute.
So yes I have thought it all out. The money is not the thing it's the raising fry that stresses me out. It is a lot of work. I raised cory cats and that was a stressful adventure I learned a lot.