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cat's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
Two soon to be three -- four if my boss can find the right red & gold and tail type.
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
None.
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I have a quite a few favorite colors; chocolate, red & gold, white, black, pastel, 'koi head', purple, orange, yellow & blue, etc. So far my favorite tail types are crowntail and cross-ray crowntail.
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
I've found the ones I like fairly easily, so it's not a question of finding them but a question of price.
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
My first betta was from Petco, my second that recently passed was from a semi-local aquarium store and my third was from a LFS but he was purchased from a breeder in Thailand.
 
What do you feed your bettas?
2 Hikari Betta Bio-Gold pellets twice a day. Sometimes more if they beg enough. I also starve them once a week in an effort to prevent constipation.
 
What size tanks do you have?
Currently my two bettas are in 1g tanks, unfiltered but I have two Mini Bow 5s cycling for them at the moment.

supersixone's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
physically in my house i have 12, but i have one that is currently in transit from hawaii, and 6 more who are waiting to be sent from thailand.
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
i don't breed - no time, no space. although if i get my hands on a red/gold or gold female, i might feel obligated to breed her with one of my red/gold or gold males
 
What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
haven't done it yet, so instead i'll give you the reasons why not: very time consuming. right now i just don't have the spare time to tend to all those fry!
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
red/gold bicolor, either in double-ray crowntail or halfmoon
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
a really pure true gold, a very high quality opaque, true orange
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
i have some from chain pet stores, some from independent pet stores, and some from breeders
 
What do you feed your bettas?
their staple diet is hikari betta biogold. they also get freezedried bloodworms, daphnia, and brine shrimp, bloodworms in nutritious gel, frozen brine shrimp, and live brine shrimp when i can find it
 
What size tanks do you have?
i have a whole bunch of 2.5 gallon, 3 gallon, and 5 gallon tanks for my males, and a 10 gallon shared by my females none of my local stores carry halfmoons, double-ray crowntails, or some of the colors i want, though. (well, actually there is a store up north that has hms and dr cts, but their finnage isnt very impressive and there's not much selection color-wise.) that's not to say pet store fish arent pretty, as i have quite a few myself, but sometimes if you're after a particular color or type/quality of finnage you have to buy from a breeder. i won't pay $60 for a single fish, though.

marphuoes's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
2 Males (Pastel and Orange) 3 Females (Pastel w/red, Green & Blue)
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
I have successfully bred three times but all three times have ended fatally

What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
The hardest part is keeping up with the little critters for so long. Its well worth it though if they survive. I have had difficult times I do believe because of the temp but with each one you learn something new.
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I love the cellaphane and Super Delta but I have a thing for veil tails also
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
none really
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
All pet store because I have a loacl who will buy my fry when they get old enough.
 
What do you feed your bettas?
I take an empty container and mix three different types of food. Bio-Gold, freeze dried blood worms and betta flakes. And once a day I feed them in the afternoon. Once a week I have live cultures also and give them live food. So I try to keep them happy which they seem to love. The girls are really hungry though so I have caught myself feeding them twice a day more and more lately.
 
What size tanks do you have?
55 gal, 40 gal, 29 gal, 20 gal, 2 10 gal, 5 gal and 3 one gal. Also I have lots and lots of containers I keep around for the critters when I do successfully get me baby bettas. I am a fish myself so I always am looking for more to keep myself happy.

Punkbunny83's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
8 males 5 females Had 3 males who passed away over the years.
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
Haven't tried, don't think I will takes so much time.
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
Don't really have a favourite color pattern. But I am a big fan of super deltas and half moons, if only they weren't so expensive.
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
Half moons are pretty impossible to find in a LFS
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
All of my boys are pet store, however each of them is from a different store. Girls were special ordered from a breeder by a specialty store for me.
 
What do you feed your bettas?
Hikari Betta Gold like everyone else.
 
What size tanks do you have?
Boys are in Betta kit tanks, and my girls are in a 10g tank together...which I just found out is leaking so I should go do something about that.

gemini's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
I currently have one.
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
I've breed three times, only once did I have fry that lived past two weeks
 
What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
patience
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I love the butterfly's and the crowntails and especially the mustard gas
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
You can find just about anything if you look hard enough and are willing to pay the money
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
I used to have pet store bettas. The one that I have currently is from my succesful spawn of pet store bettas.
 
What do you feed your bettas?
He will only eat micro-pellets
 
What size tanks do you have?
My betta is in a 1.5 gallon (I also have a 20g and a 55g, but there is no bettas in those

xomandykinsox's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
I have four males ~ Phantom, Squishy, Sampson, and Bruno. Then three females ~ Cherry, Pearl, and Delilah
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
Well, I've only tried once and I'm still going through the process. They spawned and now I have fry!
 
What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
Ha! The whole freaking thing is hard! But.. it's after the fry have been born and you're on your own. Let me tell you.. those things are delicate! I haven't hit my 2 week mark yet.. but I still have a good half of what I started with. You can't change water for at least two weeks after born so you REALLY gotta watch how you feed. *Crosses fingers for her babies!* they're a week old now.. Sunday will be 2 weeks!
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
My favorite is my fish Sampson. His fins are so unique they like flow like hair.. so long too.. he's so perty!
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
Half moons..
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
Not sure. My lfs has really nice betta's. So do breeders.. so it's just cheaper to go buy a $3.50 fish.. instead of a $60.00 and sometimes way more.
 
What do you feed your bettas?
I have some pellets that I use and blood worms.
 
What size tanks do you have?
Sampson is in a 2.5g container. Squishy is in a 1g fish bowl.. Phantom is in a 2.5. And Bruno is in a 3g..

Sara's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
At the moment, I have 3. I'm trying to be good and not get anymore! LOL
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
Nope. I never breed my bettas.

What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
Again, I don't know.
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
Ummm, I like them all! Hehehehe
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
They say black bettas are hard to find. And if you're living in place like Maine, any other variety of betta besides the vieltail are difficult to find.
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
2 of mine came from my lps. The other one came from Wal Mart.
 
What do you feed your bettas?
I feed my bettas HBH Betta Bites and a occasional freze dried blodworm. I'm going to Petco in a couple of weeks, and I'm goning to get some frozen food for my fishies while I'm there.
 
What size tanks do you have?
All my bettas have 1 gallon pet carriers from Wal Mart.

KeliD's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
2, at the moment, don't tempt me to get more
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
never bread, and i don't think i will

What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
no idea.
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
color pattern, butterfly tail type, crowntail
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
umm, in our area, most hard to find would be black, and crwntails too, among others
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
all of my bettas have been from the petstore, just various places
 
What do you feed your bettas?
Bio-blend betta pellets
 
What size tanks do you have?
bothe boys are in one gallon vases
 

fancyfish's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
have 4 but want s'more
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
Never tried it... sounds like too much work and cost so I let the more experienced go for it
 
What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
Sounds like the everything about the breeding thing takes dedication and skill It has a head that looks more snake like. I saw some once many years ago at the old LFS... I think I read somewhere that it is illegal to export native snakeheads because they are getting pretty rare in the wild.
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
Crowntail, the half moons and butterflys
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
at my LFS's the nice butterflys and black crowntails
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
Pet Store... but they get their bettas from breeders
 
What do you feed your bettas?
Hikari Betta Gold Pellets, HGH Betta Bites, Hikari Freeze dried & (presoaked in conditioned water) brine shrimp, Freeze dried bloodworms (also pre-soaked in conditioned water), frozen brine shrimp (rinsed with conditioned H20)
 
What size tanks do you have?
3) 1 gal. kits, 1 1 1/2 gal vase. Plan to set up (3) ten gal tanks. Then (2) 29 gal tanks

nrich's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
11 at the moment, but I expect I will have more later.
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
I have only bred once, accidentaly in a community tank. Only one of the babies is still alive
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I love my moontail as far as shape goes, but I love the coloring of one of my veiltails. He is brown bodied with blue, purple and pink fins and tail.
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
I haven't seen any doubletails in my area and I have been looking for a mustard gas forever.
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
all of mine are petstore boys.
 
What do you feed your bettas?
Hikari betta biogold. fd blood worms. peas. assorted other types of fish food
 
What size tanks do you have?
at the moment I have 6 2.5 gal tanks, a 1.9 gal tank, and three 1 gal. Not to mention 5, 10, and 20 gallons that I am waiting to set up when I get back from school this year.

himechan's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
I have 8.
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
I do not breed bettas. I am fearful of the prospect of jarring up 300 bettas!
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
Orange for color. In terms of pattern, high contrast marbles. As for tail, I like even double tails, but am also quite happy with a healthy veil tail (too bad they are not thought of as highly).
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
True halfmoons, really even double tails, and mustard gasses. Also butterfly females. I've always wanted one of those!
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
I have both. I don't discriminate against the veil tails from the LFS!
 
What do you feed your bettas?
Hikari Betta -Bio Gold, freeze dried shrimp and bloodworms. Occasionally peas.
 
What size tanks do you have?
2-2.5 gallon tanks and some smaller 1 gallon hospital bowls.

Finley's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
one, soon to be two!
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
none
 
What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?

It seems that a lot of people have trouble keeping them viable.
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
butterfly, crowntail, mustard gas
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
all I seem to be able to find are veil tails. The fish I'll be bringing home from work tomorrow is a crowntail, but my co-worker who adopted him said that he came in with a shipment of veil tails, and was a bit of a fluke, as he wasn't expected in the shipment.
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
petstore. I'd love to adopt from a breeder, but it's just so very expensive!
 
What do you feed your bettas?
Bio-Blend Betta Fish Food
 
What size tanks do you have?
2.5 gallon

decemberchick's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
Just one. I am thinking about another when I move home from school, but really, I don't have endless amounts of space and money! I need to pay off my school loans!
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
Not even going there! I'm still a beginner, and the whole space issue!
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I love the super deltas, or halfmoons... the full tails, my ultimate goal!
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
Anything thats not a veiltail around here (i long for a crowntail!)
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
LFS
 
What do you feed your bettas?
HBH betta bites with the occasional FD bloodworm as a treat.
 
What size tanks do you have?
A 2.5 gallon blue minibow.

luvabetta's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
7, 6 males & 1 female
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
None. I'm not interested in breeding Bettas at all as it is too much work. I just want to enjoy the fish, not be strapped down to caring for a roomfull!
 
What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
Feeding the fry, jarring them up and having the room for them all.
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
All are beautiful. I love MG, marbles, butteflies and melanos. CTs and Plakats are our favorites.
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
Depends on where you look. I think all types are available if you are willing to spend the money.
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
We have had both, but the two we had from breeders died. Imo, the ones from LFS are hardier than the ones from breeders.
 
What do you feed your bettas?
Hikari Bio-Gold Betta Bits, live daphnia/bloodworms/mosquito larvae.
 
What size tanks do you have?
2.5 g for one, the female is in a 29g community and the others are in bowls in the bathroom.

Cappy's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
8 adults, 5 males, 3 females. And fry. ^^
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
I've successfully spawned 3 times (I'm still beginner, hehe), but have only turned out with fry once.

What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
Breeding, when you have a male betta who lives to eat the eggs. Raising, jarring the little dudes. IT KILLS ME.
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I love the blacks, and my favourite tails are the halfmoons, halfsuns and the double-tails.
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
They all seem pretty accesible on Aquabid.
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
Petstores, but one petstore tends to get some nice show-quality ones every once and a while (They don't come cheap... )
 
What do you feed your bettas?
What ever they like to eat. Sometimes frozen foods for a treat. But they all won't touch anything but Wardly Betta Pellets - they are extremely picky.
 
What size tanks do you have?
We talkin' about just bettas here? All my bettas are in their own seperate tanks. Sizes range from 1/2 gallon to 3 gallon aquariums.

EricaDwithFish's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
I have three male veiltails. Niko (white but coloring), Randy the Red (red!), and Grapes (purple and still coloring a bit).
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
None, I haven't even tried.
 
What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
I obviously don't know, lol.
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I don't know..I really like crowntails. My favorite color would be an albino, if they count. I've only seen a picture of one....
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
Albinos! The rarest of all bettas. . . .
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
All of my bettas are from my local fish store.
 
What do you feed your bettas?
Just betta pellet food..if that makes any sense, lol.
 
What size tanks do you have?
Hmmm. Grapes is in the ten gallon community tank, Niko is in a 1/2 gallon and I'm hoping to move him to a two gallon, and Randy the Red is in a 1/2 gallon and I'm hoping to move him into another community tank.

Guitarchiq's Answers

How many Bettas do you have?
1, Gibson
 
How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
0 but i'd like to attempt when I'm more experienced
 
What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
No idea?
 
What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
Crown tail! or the shorter finned kind [plakats]. Also the wine bettas are gorgeous.
 
What kinds would you consider hard to find?
anything other than veil tail around here
 
Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
From a good LFS
 
What do you feed your bettas?
Hikari betta bio gold
 
What size tanks do you have?
5 gallons

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