Hey I have stated your questions below and put my answers below each one. Hope you find them helpful and informative!
So now I have questions....
1. Why am I compelled to want to buy more bettas? Is it because they are so beautiful? Is it because I think they look so unhappy and ill treated in those little damn cups?
1. First of all, DO NOT PUT TWO BETTAS TOGETHER they WILL kill eachother no doubt about it. If you do wanna buy another one get a tank divider.
2. How many is too many? I came this close to buying a white/green crowntail today...but I felt liek I woudl be "cheating" on Pickle. is that sad or normal?
2. As I said above dont put them in the same tank without a divider. Idk how many is too many you have to answer that yourself by asking yourself these questions
Do I have room for more bettas including a whole new bowl or divider?
Do I have the time and the motivation to clean their tanks every week and feed them every day and night?
Bettas are expensive can I afford them?
if you said no to any of these questions DO NOT GET MORE THAN ONE!
3. Who do youtalk to about bettas in the stores. I made mention today to one of the staff that the water levels in several of the plastic cups were only half full. One female was the size of my thumb and big around and in a half cup of water. No one did anything. ANd btw...what happens to those fish if they dont sell? Do they just sit in those cups on the shelf until they die or get adopted?
3. Basically the staff in the stores dont give a damn :/ it sucks. Yes mostly the fish just die. I would file a complaint to the manager if i were you.
4. They told me my betta didnt need a heater for a 10 gallon tank as they are hearty fish and live in varied conditions...I suspect this to be a lie.
4. Ive never used heaters and my little betta has been fine
5. Pickle seems to watch me when i enter the room. He comes closer when i get near the tank. Right now he is swimming in vertical circles...is that normal? Plus I think he is a finicky eater. He didnt touch the live flies...not big on the worms...havent seen him take a pellet. He has just gotten to where he seems to eat the flakes. And I thought cats were "gourmets"..
5. Yes thats normal hes just excited cause he knows youll give him food mine does the same thing. Idk about the food I only give mine 2 pellets in the morning 2 pellets at night. but wat ur saying sounds like a ton of food for the little guy dont overfeed him!!!
6. Uh...to be delicate...is he going to get lonely for female company? Should I get a female for conjugal visits once in a while...can they live together? How woudl I tell if his swimming fast in circles is play or pent up frustration?
6. I wouldnt risk getting a female they might kill eachother! but heres an article about it
About two weeks before you intend to spawn the bettas, you should start conditioning them. Feed them on as much high protein food as possible. One or two feeds of a tiny amount of raw meat (liver is best) or cooked fish or shellfish will do them good. Feed live food if at all possible. Keep this up for two weeks. The female should start to look plump (full of eggs).
The best thing to do is to set up a breeding tank. I use a five gallon plastic tub. Use a heater set to around 24 C. Add some plastic plants for shelter. I provide a styrofoam cup cut in half for him to build a bubblenest under. Half fill the tank and add the male. Let him settle in for a few days. Add a large glass jar to the tank and fill it with tank water. Put the female in this jar and watch them closely. Both fish should start to appear somewhat excited and the male will blow a bubblenest if he has not done so already. If he has, he will make it larger and thicker, alternating nest building with displaying to the female. If the female is interested, she will spend most of the time watching him and by the second or third day in the tank will develop broad vertical bars on her body.
When the nest is completed, the female full of eggs and the fish are interested in each other, release the female. At this point they must be watched closely. You should check on them every hour or so because things could get nasty. DO NOT release the female if she is acting uninterested.
In the wild if a female encountered a male's display and did not like what she saw or was not ready to breed, she could choose to leave. When in a tank, she does not have this option. Staying indicates interest in mating, so if she stays close to him but does not accept his advances the confused male could decide she is a threat and attack or even kill him.
If all goes well, they will spawn within a day or so. Some flaring or fighting is to be expected, but if either fish acts distressed or is very badly hurt, put the female back in the jar and wait to see what happens.
Once they have finished spawning you should remove the female as soon as possible. Otherwise the male will think she still contains eggs - again because in the wild, she would leave. When she rejects his attempts to continue spawning he could kill her. He may also see her as a threat to the eggs and attempt to drive her away.
Read More http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...ta-female.html
Hope I helped and good luck with your new betta/bettas