I'm relatively new to the forum (relatively being I've been browsing it for about a month; researching, just haven't posted anything)
And after all this reading and researching, I have a question. I plan on breeding my bettas. Now now, give me a second to make you comfortable with my plans. I have a ten gallon tank, half full, no substrate, LOTS of live plants on one side, bubble wrap on the opposite side, a heater (water is at 82, no fluctuations) homes for the babies, a growout tank, (and a second growout tank, just to be safe) [no jars yet, I'm going to see how many fry there are before buying the gallon jars] I DON'T plan to try and profit off of the babies, I'm doing it for the experience and because I love my fishies, and I know someday they're going to have to leave me, and I'd love to keep their line alive and to keep a few of the lil guys seems amazing. I also have the tanks for the ones I will be keeping.
Whew! That was a mouthful, Sorry about that
Now for the question. Which male should I breed my CT female to? She's purple and red, petstore bought. My males are as follows:
Prince: Deep purple VT with bits of red in all fins, and his body is splotchy. (Marble, I believe)
Rhyder: He's a super delta tail. Black fins with white lacing on the edges, and blue iridescense on his body.
My thoughts are this: It is NOT recommended to breed veiltails, and Prince is slightly older. On the other hand, if I've read correctly, purple is a rare find in bettas, and I mean, he's PURPLE. I'm not so good in genetics, but if she's got some purple, and he's purple, wouldn't there be a chance for purple babies? I have read that purple is hard to preserve and very unpredictable, though, as well.. Also, I don't mind the look of combtails, I think they're interesting.
Now for Rhyder: I'm not sure if he's a lace black. But if he is, would he still carry the melano gene? I know melano females are infertile.. (the babies)
But I know halfsun bettas would be gorgeous in an interesting way. (I like things that are a little odd or different)
So, opinions? I'm so sorry that was so long!