Thinking About Breeding Bettas For Lfs

Discussion in 'Betta Breeding' started by Happy Mama, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Happy MamaValued MemberMember

    My LFS wants me to breed show quality bettas for them. They want more local breeders and they’ll supply me with imported pairs (whatever they want more of). They trust me enough to care for fry and to give it a shot. I’ve raised free livebearer fry into adults and received store credit from them. They know I’m a SAHM, and I rarely leave this community. I’m usually at home in view of our toddlers, fur babies and fin babies. I can check on my tanks when ever I want. After the little ones are in bed, I have 2-4 hours every night to dedicate to fish.

    I’m trying to figure out the cost and logistics of it all, and doing a trial, before committing. I don’t want to spend any money for the trial, and figured I can trade my Panda Corys and Clown Pleco for store credit to get the best HM male for one of my HM girls in my 55 gallon sorority tank. I have several 5 gallon and 20 gallon clear plastic storage containers I can “borrow” from my house. I can get used heaters and sponge filters from the LFS and disinfect them for use. I also have the Fishlore community to give me advice or help me troubleshoot. My husband is optimistic and supportive. If it goes bad, I can cull. If it goes well, I get some money or store credit. What do you think?
  2. CaptainAquaticsWell Known MemberMember

    Sounds like a good idea. Bettas a fairly easy to breed and you could get some money for them. Do you have any questions?

  3. scarfaceFishlore VIPMember

    I think there are too many people out there wanting to do the same thing, and in fact, are doing the same thing. I would personally breed something else, something less common or something that are generally wild-caught, like Amano shrimp, Clown Plecos, and the various wild Ancistrus as a few examples.

  4. aussieJJDudeWell Known MemberMember

    Or even other betta species thats not the everyday, run of the mill betta. Some of the mouthbrooders for example, would be a good idea.

  5. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Would your LFS only take show quality? You're really not going to get a lot of show quality ones from a spawn, and if you have to euthanize the rest, that would be over 100 easily.
  6. Happy MamaValued MemberMember

    Thank you for your reply. I do have some questions regarding the aftercare and growing them out. I understand I’ll need to separate the males when time is due, but how do we keep all of them warm?

    I’m used to keeping 1/2 inch fry in my community 55 gallon MT to grow out. I felt that I was more successful at getting them to grow faster, larger and healthier that way. I have female platies and babies, female bettas of all kinds and sterbai cories. It’s not difficult for me to “catch” my bettas, they all just gravitate towards my hand and I cup them. Can I put the females in my MT to grow out?
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2019
  7. Happy MamaValued MemberMember

    I understand the over population of bettas and this probably isn’t going to make me any money. We’re just trying to put out better genetics, and their bettas seem to sell very well for show and as pets.
  8. Happy MamaValued MemberMember

    So far, that’s not what they want me to breed. I’m not sure if that’s what their customers want either. I wouldn’t know how to sell them as I’m more of a caretaker than a seller.
  9. Happy MamaValued MemberMember

    If they don’t make the cut, they sell them as common pet bettas competitively priced to big box chain stores, or if necessary, adopt them out for me.
  10. KoiBettasValued MemberMember

    Are you aware that you are going to be spending a lot more money than you are going to earn?
  11. Happy MamaValued MemberMember

    Yes, this is a hobby project supported by a LFS. I wouldn’t be able to do this on my own.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2019
  12. Happy MamaValued MemberMember

    C04912AC-5E43-4E26-A008-633844FB2C98.jpeg1A58FA6B-545B-4672-B30A-A3C3965A219D.jpeg@KoiBettas BTW, your koi HMPK are beautiful. I have (3) females in my MT that didn’t make the cut. They’re the sweetest ones I could find out of several. Here’s a picture of one of my favorites - she has odd eyes (one blue, one green). Sorry, I’m a terrible photographer.
  13. KoiBettasValued MemberMember

    Thanks! Beautiful koi female you have right there. She kinda looks like mine too! (her name is sunset btw)

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