How can I convince my parents to let me breed? Let me get more tanks?
My parents do not want any more pets, fish or not. So I don't think they'll let me breed Bettas. I just want to do it to try to make some beautiful Bettas, and sell them to good owners. And i'll problably con my way out out of keeping some.
How can I convince them? Tell them its only for the money? Can you tell me how many tanks and how many gallons I would need each? Or if I could use bins? (I have some very large bins....)
Hi Miah it would be hard to convince it is for money, but yes you can use bins, shallow buckets... Just remember to get microworms or other live foods, and even some almond or oak leaves (dried). Ebay has awesome prices for the leaves as I got some for under two dollars using a vanilla mastercard (prepaid card :) ) so yeah. Make sure to get the set up first, hae back up plans and look for jars when you need to jar any fry! Use the bins as long as you can heat them with a heater and keep cyran wrap with some holes, to keep it humid for growing fry.
Breeding bettas doesn't make money if you do it right. You stand to loose money. Many of the breeders on this site will tell you they have put a minimum of $500 into breeding just one spawn (for all the equipment).
Instead of breeding you should just focus on caring for the pets you have now. When you have your own home then you can decide if breeding bettas is something you want to do, but if your parents are not interested, it would be disrespectful to ask them to house such a great responsibility. Factor in space, heating, water, pumps, electricity, etc. And what if no one buys them? What are you going to do with 100+ fish in little jars that need to be changed every day (because there is no way 100 fish are each getting even a gallon!)?
Love the pets you have now. :)
As much as it costs to breed in the first place, you're going to have a difficult time convincing your parents this is going to make you money. You'll need a grow out tank of at least 20 gallons, fry food, foods to condition your pair, tons or jars, heat and filtration for the fry, meds if they become sick, etc.. There's also all the supplies you'll need to ship the actual fish, boxes, foam, bags for the fish, heating pads. There's also the chance you'll end up buying all the fry supplies and something will go wrong and you'll lose all your fry. I don't mean to be negative here but I think you'll have to take another approach than making money when it comes to breeding. Its very likely you'll spend more than you make.
Maybe if you can save up your money and afford all the supplies you need without your parents chipping in, they'll be ok with it. Show them your responsible enough and its something you really want to do.
Trust me you definitely need time for the fry for at least their first week :) lots of feeding! I would know lol.
Preferably for a grow out tank get an actual tank... Because then it can hold a healthy cycle.
Also if you still want to breed I strongly suggest getting a sponge filter ready which includes cycling... This will keep your breeding tank from ending up like mine which went into a mini cycle! Otherwise you will need to keep aj eye on it more often.
Very consuming :) trust me you will want to have medications on hand (I have yet to need some but ordered it recently for a second eventual spawn as a just in case), live foods, containers, baster, sponge filter, tanks (plural because you can have 7 fry or 200 fry!)... It's exhausting lol :) do lots of research. I mean I had pages and pages of research plus looking on here and I didn't know everything.
But, if you do decide to spawn you can always ask for help.