Most first time experiences wouldn't be too successful. So don't get your hopes too high on breaking even specially when breeding VT and even worse VT x CT (not favored). You should try breeding at least one tail type.
Infusoria, IMO, only works well in a natural setting. Clean bare tank new water might not do that well. So you should consider adding other first food such as egg yolk, BBS, etc in the first week.
thank you indjo. yes i figured i wouldn't be too successful being my first time. just like with anything else, practice makes perfect. i can't imagine this being as hard as playing guitar is it? ive been playing on and off for like 7 years now and im still horrible. but recently i began practicing like every other day for like 5 hours and i seem to be getting much much better. thank you! what male do you guys suggest i use to breed with her? another crowntail?
If your set on breeding your CT female, I'd say get another CT male. I would not suggest mixing CT to anything (specially the first time) because you have to know what to look for/how to select for the following generation. VT can actually be mixed with HM. But as a first attempt I'd suggest that you stick to one tail type. Later, when more experienced, you can try mixing them. ..... by that time, you would probably not want to mix.
Call your LFS and see when their next shipment of betta fish is. I know petco and petsmart both have vt girls, so if you get there the day the shipment comes in you might find a youngish probably more healthy girl who would compliment the coloration of your male, and you'd also have more girls to chose from.
ah, i already ordered from this guy and was on his butt forever, i owe it to him to get this female. he was even kind enough to change my crowntail to a halfmoon female. hes a very nice guy, his name is elmo8081 or something like that on aquabid, he has very nice looking fish.
yes i am developing patience, trust me. its the hardest hting for me to do, but i am getting there. having to condition the female is gonna be the hardest part. its gonna take the last of my energy to not put her in her vase to let the male see her....grr!