Breeding

Breeding Marbles

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas The Marble betta was created by a prison inmate named Orville Gulley who used to raise his bettas in peanut-butter jars. The story goes that Orville was trying to create a black butterfly betta, and inadvertently discovered the marble gene. He sent some of these fish to IBC hobbyist Walt Maurus (as well …

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Making a good Crowntail

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas I have recently started to breed crowntails. In my first spawn I noticed a lot of variation of the branching and the web reduction. Then I began to take notice of the variations in fish offered for sale. Most people only think of crowns in terms of web reduction and do not pay …

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Moving Forward

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas You excitedly bought some beautiful fish and watched as they spawned. You celebrated as your babies hit the different stages of development.. hatching, free swimming, fry and finally you are looking at your Juvies. But you notice the form is off and the colors are not what you wanted. As you look at this …

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Power Growing Fry

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas Most experienced breeders are inevitably asked this question, so for this new feature of Bettysplendens.com I’d like to address how to get the fastest growth from your betta fry.  We’ve all been there at some point. We’ve read the Aquabid listings or seen bettas on the websites of some high profile breeders claiming …

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Evaluating Juvies

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas One of the hardest things when you start breeding bettas is developing your eye. In time, after staring at Bettas every day, you will get an idea of form. The next step is taking the ideals of balance, long straight rays, sharp edges and broad dorsal bases to your growing Juvies and making decisions on them. When you …

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Making the most of AquaBid.. Part One

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas For most breeders, AquaBid is the source for breeding stock. When you see that great fish you feel will be a perfect addition to your breeding program, how do you get the best value for the money you are about to spend? With the average fish being $30 and then another $45 to …

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Outbreeding Betta Fish

Dr. Leo Buss It is axiomatic that the quickest route to improve a strain is to breed related animals. Inbreeding, when coupled with selection for a desired trait, is unquestionably effective for increasing the frequency of progeny with desirable characteristics. Why, then, would I introduce a title that suggests the opposite? This betta’s spectacular halfmoon …

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Growing Out Your Bettas

  Sherolyn-Basement Bettas So, you got a successful spawn and have carefully removed the male. Now what? How to you get those little dots to adulthood? Though it may not be super easy, it definitely is not hard. Two things are going to constantly need your attention. Water quality and food. There are many successful breeders and …

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Still no Spawn …

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas Bettas kept well fed and healthy are usually spawn ready and do not need any special conditioning. But a few weeks of extra feeding, especially with live foods, should have females plump with eggs and males ready to endure a spawn. So what do you do when they still refuse to spawn? Here …

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Acquiring Breeding Stock

Sherolyn-Basement Bettas There are a few ways to purchase good breeding stock. One of the best ways it to drive to a show. Not only will you meet other Betta enthusiasts, but you will learn a lot and have access to the auction at the end. Many breeders will send fish to show then allow them to …

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