So I think I'm getting out of breeding for a while.
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately (hence my absence) and I just don't think I can keep up with this anymore. Last semester I found myself just stretched too thin what with raising fry, keeping my adults, school, work, and volunteering. Its one thing to have a full time job and a hobby... it's another to work 30+ hours a week, go to school full time, volunteer, and still have enough time and energy to do millions of water changes daily. It wouldn't be so bad but I just don't have the space to have the set up I really need to do this properly.
I've been back and forth and back again but I really think this is what's best for me and the fish.
I want to nip this in the bud before it begins to affect the fish.
I still want to breed and I still have my goals laid out, I just think I need to wait until I have more space and am more settled. I'll still be around here all the time, learning and posting. There just won't be any of my lovely spawn threads for a while.
So once it gets warm enough I'll be selling off my babies and maybe my breeding fish too. Right now I have 30 fry (15 that are small but about 3 months old and 15 that are 1 month old). I'll also be adopting out some pet fish also. My goal is to get down to at most 5 tanks (including my non-betta community tank). That leaves at most 4 bettas to keep, one of which will be General Lee so I have to choose three out of the remaining 9.
I don't know how I'm going to choose, y'all know how much I love my fishies. It's going to be extremely hard giving up breeding, even just temporarily but I think its the mature thing to do, you can't grow fish effectively only doing a few water changes a week and feeding once a day.
Anyways.. there's some of my fry I'm really hoping go to breeders (Biggun and the Multi BF male especially) and if I can manage to part with my adult breeders I want them to go to responsible breeders as well so if your at all interested please get in touch with me. I won't even consider shipping out until it warms up (so probably March at the earliest) but I would like to start lining up homes now.