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Wow, glad I didn't know that back when I was breeding them for fun. Not everyone is trying to breed IBC show quality Bettas, so it really isn't anywhere near that expensive. You can get decent quality bettas online without paying a small fortune, but if you have a nearby fish club it's a good bet they can point you toward a local breeder.It's an expensive process, costing upwards of $1,000.00 to do properly.
Male and female bettas fight all the time. I've had several females kill my males, and several females torn up by the males attempting to spawn with them.chromedome52 said:I use a 10 gallon tank with about 6-7 inches of water in it. They do not start the breeding process by fighting. Males fight for territory in the wild, but they do not fight with females. !
hate to quote myself, but I felt this needed repeating. There are dozens of inexpensive alternatives for housing young male Bettas, all you have to do is think outside the box. I knew one breeder who used mason jars because he had a cheap source. There are also several ways to build a barracks type container at a more than reasonable cost. And live food is not a necessity, there are some very good commercial alternatives these days.Not everyone is trying to breed IBC show quality Bettas, so it really isn't anywhere near that expensive.
Reading @FriedBettas spawn logs gave me a lot of knowledge on how this stuff works and the stuff needed, I'm pretty sure he posted on a different method of water changes he was going to try. It also gave me a good idea on what happens to the male or female (if a picture is posted). I do agree Google searching before you ask might help a little, but they're also coming here to ask the betta experts that had/have the chance to hang out with other breeders. They may not live near a betta/fish club or even know about betta/fish clubs.junebug said:I also have a problem with people who want to breed bettas but haven't done even the most basic research before coming to a forum and asking a question, "tell me everything there is to know about breeding bettas". Not even a google search for "how to breed bettas?" That would at least give you the basic process. People tend to think, without having researched first, that they can spend 20 bucks on a couple of tanks and heaters and magically have 100+ healthy bettas to sell in four months. Most of the time, a reality check is in order. It's an extremely difficult, time consuming, and pricey process that is also incredibly stressful to the fish. I did almost a year of research and putzing around with experienced breeders before I attempted to spawn any fish myself, and I still have nothing to show for it but several dead fish and a few females who are now too old to breed.