what I mean by the title, is I'm looking for answers from breeders that have been breeding ongoing for the last year or more..
I'm kind of at a fork in the road. I do enjoy breeding - but I have lots of other commitments right now (kids, other pets, housework, my fiber business). Still only on my first spawn, I'm conditioning 2 pairs right now. But now I'm questioning if I want to continue - it's the time commitment that I'm worried about. So far, time has been pretty minimal. But I will need to start jarring soon, which will up the time used caring for the bettas.
I'm not really sure what I'm asking for ... when you have multiple spawns (fry) that you are rearing, how much time and effort are you expending into it? Why are you breeding? For enjoyment, profit (ha), showing? I don't ever plan to show. Do you enjoy every aspect of it, is the end result worth it to you (whatever you end result is, raising fry from egg to adult; showing, etc)
I know no one can really tell me what to do here. I'm just looking I guess for how much this hobby takes over your personal life, does it interfere much with your other commitments?
I don't ever plan to show, but I really enjoy breeding. I look at it as a way to make a profit enough to buy the fish I would really like to own to add to my 'collection'. And in turn I can provide quality bettas to others, instead of the mutts you find in pet stores. So right now I'm questioning if I want to continue or not.
Just looking for overall experience I suppose?