Yep, it was $400. If you don't have the cash to do it, DO NOT DO IT. Every breeder of any animal of every kind MUST have a goal in mind. They are responsible for bringing life into the world and must have proper homes for all of the young ones they bring into the world by setting up a breeding situation.
So. Don't do it if you're not ready.
And that's not the best home. Try a kritter keeper instead. Inexpensive and safe (they even have lids).
Okay I am going to get a rough estimate of how much it would cost you to breed your guy.
Let's start with the breeding setup.
Top fin 10 gallon starter kit (with filter heater lights aquasafe ect): 40 bucks at lowest.
All of the stuff you will probably use breeding them.
Indian almond leaves, conditioning food, ect: will probably add up to 10 bucks lowest.
Oh plants, let's go ghetto like me and make your own,
sealant- 9 bucks
silk plants to glue on- 4 bucks
Food for your babies, Microworm starter culture, Baby Brine Shrimp hatchery, ect
Microworm starter- you can get live cultures ordered for about 4 bucks, lowest
Venegar eel starter- 3 bucks lowest
Baby brine Shrimp hatchery (let's go with sea monkey set lol) 11 bucks lowest
Grow out tank let's go with a 20 gallon starter from top fin which is 80 bucks.
Of course as an option let me see what a tupperware set up would cost in comparison.
Cheapest 50 gallon storage tub is 20 bucks
Heater for that 18 bucks
filter to that 25 bucks lowest I found
the 63 buck setup with 50 gallons might be better then.
Cheapest bulk of containers for your male fry.
hmm beanie baby containers, case of 48 will be 68 bucks
let me add this up, I left out medications but oh well.
With the 50 gallon storage bin setup as the grow out tank it added up to be: 208 bucks
you have a fourth of that planned to spend on these.
not to mention I have to get a heater for Alien and a tank for his mate eventually.
The price I came up with was minimum, plus I left out a few things...
so yeah. Plus there are variables to consider, your male might actually be too old to breed, he has to be big enough to wrap around the female to squeeze her eggs out, all kinds of good horrible things happen with bettas unexpectedly.
I would focus on getting Alien, your one betta in a good set up home before even fathoming a breeding process.
yeah, I spent a lot on my two, very stupidly,
and I ended up with a male that was too small to wrap around my huge female >.<
somehow it is kinda funny, when they attempted, I should have gotten pictures, and added words.
but the money I wasted was not funny.
well I only "wasted" it for the microworms and baby brine shrimp hatchery, my gpa had gallon contaniers to give me anyways, LOTS.
Well I had been thinking the past few days... I've been debating whether my first spawn will be with Cinder and another VT female, or go all out and get a HM pair from aquabid. Because my fear is Cinder will be too old by the time I straighten finances out.... so we'll have to see.
True, I think everyone that buys a betta goes through the (i wanna breed them no matter what phase, I did, luckily it failed lol) because it is at the expense of thier fish.
when it comes to animals, at least I have learned one thing, skimping off on nessecities to save a dollar will just end up in a lot more money spent, or a lot of animals lost.