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Old 06-06-2010, 01:01 PM   #1 
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What kind of color female...

...should I breed with Spiridion? (After he's gotten rid of his pesky parasites, which I think he almost has.)
Okay, I have taken this into mind. Before I breed Hattie and Peanut, I want to get some experience before hand, just in case I mess up.
I know that you don't generally breed pet store bettas, but I am thinking about it... I'm not really sure. I do want experience, though. I would buy another pair from my breeder, but he told me he won't be getting any more bettas this year. I hope I don't come across as irresponsible, because I CAN afford all of the things you need for breeding, and I've been going over how to breed them for quite a while now. But I know that people on the forum have bred their pet store bettas before, so why can't I?
Well, anyway, back to the point- if I were to get a female for Spiri (which I most likely will ) What color should she be? Other than cellophane- Spiridion has been the only cellophane betta I've ever seen at my Petsmart, not the mention the only marble and the only plakat! The chances of my Petsmart getting in a cellophane female are probably around 1 million to 1. I'll be aiming for a PK female, which I probably won't find... but... which color to match him?





Sorry for the long post everyone... I just can't decide what to do.
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:24 PM   #2 
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I understand your point for breeding petstore betta, but I look at it as breeding a dog from the pound. There is nothing wrong with it, but most people wouldn't want to own a puppy from mutts.

I would say go for breeding Hattie and Peanut, because you can "mess up" on any spawn, some fish spawn easier than others. I know my imports that cost an arm and a leg went right into spawning, and the fry are great, but my Copper HMPK pair is going to take some time, I can already tell.

I am in love with Spiri, he is stunning! Sometimes you luck out with a good petstore find like that :D
Maybe another marble, Sorry, I don't really know on this one :(
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:29 PM   #3 
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Alright, thanks for your advice. :) I'm not sure though.. I just want some experience beforehand. Now that you've told me, I know that spawns can mess up anyway. But... you know it just feels good to have some experience before you do something?
And getting a female really depends if I find the right one, which will be hard.... I can't figure out the right color, either!
Thank you :)
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:29 PM   #4 
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Hey there, I find that a lot of petstore females turn out to be plakat anyways, does your walmart sell females? mine does and they always get the cellophane ones. Perhaps you can try there. I just bought a breeding pair from walmart actually my females from there are the ALWAYS healthy and strong compared to the petstores I have bought them at. I think it is the individual containers rather than a big uncleaan tank of females always fighting because overstocked (I don't agree with the walmart containers by the way, I think they should each at least have bowls not cups)

Anyways I would say if you can't find a matching female it may not matter because I have heard pet store bettas will throw out a lot of colors anyways even when the pair match because they are just randomly bred rather than for a specific look. I would say if you don't want a certain color to take over then maybe not a red or blue girl. I have read the red is normally the dominant color type when breeding. (I could be wrong) I could only find limited betta genetics articles online

I was told my an experienced breeder to not start out with an expensive pair just in case something goes wrong...but I dunno really as long as you can find homes for your babies I don't see teh problem with breeding the petstore ones
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:33 PM   #5 
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My Walmart doesn't sell bettas... but I'll be looking around in different stores, believe me. ;)
Yeah, I won't get a red or blue girl- I'm aiming mostly for more cellophanes (I know some of them won't be!)
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aww darn, I was gonna say they normally have good little females. Well good luck with your search
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Thanks... I hope I find the right girl!
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:22 PM   #8 
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I think either a green or red marble would go good with him.
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:26 PM   #9 
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That's what I was thinking. I've never seen a marble girl in the pet stores, let alone a marble betta (I got lucky with Spiri.) I'm trying to think of just solid colors that would go with him... I saw a red orchid girl at the pet store the other day... that would be interesting...
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Yeah, red would be nice. You would probably get mainly reds since I hear that red is a more dominant color.
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