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Mame puts two white fish together, hopes for the best (White HMs)

This will be my first time breeding. So, I don't actually have the fish yet, but I thought it would be nice to write down all of the preparations I'm doing and such...plus, I think I'm boring my family with the details. ("I'm going to breed my favorite kind of betta! I'm so excited!" "...ugh, more fish?")

So, I impulse-offered on this guy on Ebay:


I really was NOT expecting to get him. He was for sale for $79 and I offered $15. Logged on to discover that I won him... He's really pretty (and you bet I'm extremely excited ). His fins are a tad bit uneven, but he looks pretty young. Also has a couple red splotches, and his eyes are a little cloudy, but that's to be expected for opaques, really. I think a nice female should cancel that out.

So, now I need to get a female. I'm considering one of these:


...but only if they don't get sniped or bid up. 1 day 10 hours left. >.< I'm really hoping I can get one. They're absolutely beautiful.

As for other preparations, here's what I need to do before the fish arrive:
-Get the spawning tank in order. Probably needs to be resealed.
-Get microworm culture, IAL, and brine shrimp eggs
-Get an area set up for breeding (will be completely separate from my other tanks)
-Get jars and grow-out tank (might wait until after they spawn)

Other than that, I think I'm good. I have two tank setups ready to go, an extra heater and DIY sponge filter for the spawn tank, and foods for the parents while I'm conditioning them and such. Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.


Current bettas: Opalo, ♂Granite, ♂Alpha-Betta, ♂Eclipse, Lucky, ♂Honor, ♀Virtue, ♀Innocence, ♀Garnet, ♀Chroma, ♀Tethys, ♀Amaryllis, ♀Goldeen
Tanks: 3g betta NPT, 20g NPT community, 10g 3-way divided, 10g NPT sorority, 5g divided betta tank

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oh wow...i hope the spawn goes well! They are absolutely beautiful!
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One of those females should be good. Looking forward to a good flare pic of that male. An asking price of $79 is a bit excessive, so it's not that surprising that your offer was accepted. Looks like a $25-$30 fish to me & fin damage lowers the price, but hard to say without that flare.

He's a handsome fellow. Opaque whites are not easy to find. His "ears" look on the large size. Maybe you could find a nice EE female to cross him with and work that angle?

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Thanks! I really hope it goes well too. I'd just love to have a bunch of white babies swimming around.

I'm going to just buy the female right now. Costs a few bucks more, but then I don't have to worry about her getting sniped like every other white betta, lol. And she's absolutely gorgeous - will post a link to the breeder's video in a minute.

Edit - thanks, hrutan! Yeah, I agree, $79 is way too much for him. I'm looking forward to seeing him in real life. There weren't really any good flare pics of him, but he looks like he might be an OHM, based on one of the other photos. Hard to really tell, though. And he does look like he's at least part EE, so that's a huge plus!

Current bettas: Opalo, ♂Granite, ♂Alpha-Betta, ♂Eclipse, Lucky, ♂Honor, ♀Virtue, ♀Innocence, ♀Garnet, ♀Chroma, ♀Tethys, ♀Amaryllis, ♀Goldeen
Tanks: 3g betta NPT, 20g NPT community, 10g 3-way divided, 10g NPT sorority, 5g divided betta tank


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Bought her! Both fish should be here on Wednesday. Here's the breeder's video of the female that I mentioned...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycOrsgNof0w

The breeder was really nice. Sent me a message within 10 minutes of buying the betta, telling me when they'll be shipping the betta, and asking if I need a cold pack. (We've had nice 70-80 F weather, so I think she'll be OK.) I just hope that the shipping goes well, since there's no DOA guarantee for her. >.<

Current bettas: Opalo, ♂Granite, ♂Alpha-Betta, ♂Eclipse, Lucky, ♂Honor, ♀Virtue, ♀Innocence, ♀Garnet, ♀Chroma, ♀Tethys, ♀Amaryllis, ♀Goldeen
Tanks: 3g betta NPT, 20g NPT community, 10g 3-way divided, 10g NPT sorority, 5g divided betta tank

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Look at that flare!

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Look at that flare!
I know! She's a cute little one. I'm imagining her doing that around the spawn tank in a few weeks. It'll be nice to have a female betta again. I haven't had one in years.

Current bettas: Opalo, ♂Granite, ♂Alpha-Betta, ♂Eclipse, Lucky, ♂Honor, ♀Virtue, ♀Innocence, ♀Garnet, ♀Chroma, ♀Tethys, ♀Amaryllis, ♀Goldeen
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Alright, so I've purchased brine shrimp (cost $6.50 for 6 grams at the LFS...need to find a cheaper source) and a microworm culture. Have had the 5g spawn tank filled up for a few days, and it doesn't look like it's leaking...hmm. Maybe the filter was leaking or something when I was using it as a divided tank. I'm going to keep it filled and running while I'm conditioning the parents, just to make sure. I can get a nice population of infusoria going that way, too.

Now Wednesday just needs to come faster! Assuming the sellers ship out the bettas on Monday, they should both be arriving at the same time. (How romantic.) I may or may not be getting an extra free male from one breeder.

Current bettas: Opalo, ♂Granite, ♂Alpha-Betta, ♂Eclipse, Lucky, ♂Honor, ♀Virtue, ♀Innocence, ♀Garnet, ♀Chroma, ♀Tethys, ♀Amaryllis, ♀Goldeen
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Thanks! I was actually just reading through your spawn log. Found it very interesting. How are your babies doing now?

Current bettas: Opalo, ♂Granite, ♂Alpha-Betta, ♂Eclipse, Lucky, ♂Honor, ♀Virtue, ♀Innocence, ♀Garnet, ♀Chroma, ♀Tethys, ♀Amaryllis, ♀Goldeen
Tanks: 3g betta NPT, 20g NPT community, 10g 3-way divided, 10g NPT sorority, 5g divided betta tank

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