Wow, once again, thanks for the advice everyone! I'll have to think about that with the wild bettas! haha
Don't worry Aluka- I know exactly where you're coming from! I actually am in my late 20s (I got a degree in veterinary technology, practiced for a few years, got burned out, and decided to go back to school) so I'm a little older than some students. I don't quite know how to describe my busy lifestyle. I'm frequently gone for class and office hours (I'm a teaching assistant), but I'm always home at night and on the weekends. I have a cat with stress-related health problems, so I never leave her overnight, or she panics and pees all over the couch! I do spend a lot of time in my apartment, but it's also a lot of productive "working" time- writing a thesis, grading papers, etc. I guess as far as time goes, I was wondering how much anxiety will be related with the time needed for the spawn. I mean, I'll be able to take care of them, I'm sure, but then would I be up all night doing homework or something? It sounds like they're time-consuming, but not as bad as I had wondered. In any case, though, this semester is actually a particularly bad one, between my thesis and a very difficult class I'm assisting, so this semester probably isn't a good time. Maybe I'll start it over the holiday. Once I finish the thesis, things will get better! Anyways, Aluka, I do appreciate your advice and perspective.
Like I've said, I will be doing my research before jumping into things. Although I'm not particularly knowledgeable about betta breeding, I want to do it right. I won't be breeding pet store bettas or my rescue boys, obviously. I have to look more into genetics before I choose a breeding pair, though.
One of my biggest concerns with breeding them is getting rid of the spawn, actually. It's something that I'd like to do once, and then I don't know if I would breed again. I live in a pretty decent sized city (actually the capital city of my state) but I can't seem to find anyone on Craigslist selling or interested in bettas, or shows in my area. So I don't know how big the market is here. I know I could sell some online, but I don't know how many. It's all about how many bettas I end up with, I guess. I'm just concerned about not having enough homes for all of them. So that's another good reason to use "good" bettas for breeding- make the little ones more desirable! :)
I'll post a picture here of the male I just ordered. I don't know if he's one that I'll be breeding or not, but he's just pretty and I love him. I can't wait to get him! :)