Basement Bettas

Raising Show Quality Bettas

Fish for Sale ~ Assorted Female

Need to spend some time photographing fish but it is my least favorite thing to do as I never seem to have enough time to get them all done. So, I cheated and took some videos of fish I will hopefully be getting photos of soon and posted to AquaBid. If you like any of the fish just send me an email and we will make arrangements to get you the fish.

These girls are from a variety of spawns. Most of them are from my F1 cross to get blue and yellow marble or grizzles. Got some very nicely patterned bicolors or mustard gas types as well as some neat marbles. Most could be better branched but I am after a color so will work in the better form in the next generation. If interested just send me an email.. otherwise we will get them photographed and on AquaBid over the coming weekend.

Nice female from my metallic spawn that, a nicely colored royal blue and a black with red butterfly pattern.


January 16, 2012 Posted by | Bettas for Sale, Bi-Color, Female, Metallic Betta | , , , | 3 Comments

Spawn 25

We bred this male to a pineapple colored female and the spawn is coming of age. I expected a lot of multi colored blue fish with red.. and we are getting a lot of neat colored fish. Most of them are red and yellow colors and some are starting to show some blue in their bodies. We may end up with some nice bicolors for the show season.

This is looking to be a female. She is showing a wider dorsal base that we are breeding towards. If  her dorsal gets more red and her body gets more blue, we might have a show fish. There also seems to be a nice shine that may indicate some metallic. If her color improves she will be a very attractive fish.

We also have several reds coming out of this spawn. There is a dusting of blue over the top of this one that would be counted off in the shows.. but his form is very nice. If the blue is even over the red, he may still make a nice bicolor. We may even get a purplish cast that would be very attractive with the red fins. He is also looking pretty balanced.. the anal is not long and lopsided. I am looking forward to what the coming weeks and good food will bring.

I am really excited about the yellow we are getting. I have 2 pulled that are solid buttercup yellow and many others that have yellow fins.  This guy has bright yellow fins and a light purple cast to his body. If the purple comes along a bit more  he is going to be super hot. So far he is on track to be a great bicolored fish.. this fins are solid and dark, for the yellow anyway and there is no bleeding of the color into the body. If his form is strong, he will definitely be shown.

Overall, I am well pleased with how this spawn is turning out. They are still young.. about 5 weeks..  so another month and these guys will really be looking good.

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Bi-Color, Changing Fins, Juvies, Yellow, Young Males | , , , , | Leave a comment

Spawn Updates

Things in the fish room have smoothed out now that we are using the reverse osmosis water. We have imported a few new fish, like Hershey to the left, to start new lines and I am actively seeking more tanks to use as grow outs for all the spawns we now have. After losing 12 spawns we now have:

Spawn 17 –  Storm x 13-2 – these guys are 12 weeks and many are on AquaBid for sale. We are keeping two pairs that carry a lot of black to start towards breeding black/melano. We have already bred one pair and got a large  spawn. 

 Spawn 18Storm x TB – an outcross into a friends line. The spawn that TB came from produced BOS fish and several class winners. TB herself was 2nd in her class earlier this year. I’m expecting multi colors and some black in this spawn as well. Only got 4 fish from this spawn.. it was one of the last with the bad water.

Spawn 1912-C x 12-1 This was a dark copper male with white fringe and a marble female that had great caudal edges and a nice, broad dorsal. We were looking for nice dark or light coppers to show in the metallic classes with this cross. About 8 weeks of age, we have started pulling some of the boys to keep fins intact and the fish growing. So far, I am happy with the quality. We have several boys with the sharp edges we want and others that are almost there. The ones that are almost there will probably be shown in the spring. I have a really nice female coming that is platinum white and will probably be bred as soon as is possible. Most of the colors are a medium copper.. have about 3 really dark ones, some that are starting to marble and a lot of the lighter platinums. We also have a number of double tails in this spawn that are developing well and 1 boy that looks to be a copper/red bicolor. Another few weeks will tell a lot more. 

Spawn 20Storm x TB A repeat of Spawn 18.. see above.     
Spawn 21 Copper/Red BF x Copper/Red Another copper spawn that are siblings to the previous spawn 19. We were looking to get the copper/red color established. They are about 6 weeks right now and I’m seeing platinum and some with a hint of red in the fins. We still need a few more weeks to see color and how the fins are coming. They are in a grow out with the above spawn so there are a lot of fish in the 30 gallon. I combined the spawns as the coppers breed true. If it is a copper variation.. it is this spawn.. otherwise it came from the above spawn.   

Spawn 22Royal x 13-2 This male came from a friend. He has huge fins and nice color. He was bred to a female from my 13th spawn that is green. I am hoping for some nice blues and greens in this spawn.. and will probably get some multi colors as well. I was looking to get the males color and fin length with the females sharp edges and broad dorsals. They are about a month now and growing out in a 30 gal about 4” off the ground. Kinda hard to get down there and look at everybody.. but they appear to be developing nice. Another few weeks and we will start to take a hard look at them.

Spawn 23 – Patches x 13-1 This pair are siblings. The male, a green and white marble, took 2nd at the first show of the season  and got his fins tore up on the return shipping, thus ending his show career. These fish are about a month now but the colors I’m seeing are very nice.. blue, green, minty green and some multi colors.. and I’m seeing several of the nice wide dorsals and double tails.  I am hoping some of them turn into grizzles as I love that coloring. I am also expecting some nicely patterned marbles.

Spawn 24Copper/Red x 11-2 This spawn is to get some nice metallics. My coppers have really balanced form and full finnage. The female I bred him with is a very nice female that has great 180 spread, nice branching, broad dorsal and took 2nd to some very nice competition last spring. She is a blue green multi.

Spawn 25Sunny x Pineapple. Sunny is the blue/yellow bicolor DT we imported from Thailand recently from GreatBettas and Pineapple is a yellow pineapple imported from the same breeder earlier this year. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking when I crossed them. I wanted to get more of the blue/yellow bicolor. I am expecting multi color fry but hope to get a few that are decent bicolors. I don’t know enough about the genetics behind the yellow.. and it may disappear for a few generations. This spawn will be a surprise. They are about 3 weeks now and are dull, no color has appeared as of yet.  

Spawn 2617-A x 17-1 These two are siblings from Spawn 17 that are mostly black with some green iridescence. Male has great dorsal and nice edges and the female has a nice 180 spread and good branching. I am hoping for more of the black color and good finnage. The anal fin of the male fish is too sloped for my tastes right now, so we will have to watch for that in the future generations and look for better balance in the offspring as we get the color we want. Breeding blacks is difficult as the melano females are sterile. I’ve loved the blacks from the beginning, but now feel I have the patience and experience to work them. The spawn is quite large so we will have a number of fish to choose from. We will also be crossing another black pair from this spawn. Will keep you posted.                                                                        
Spawn 27 – Rags x Daisy. Two new imports from Thailand. Just got the male Tuesday and into the spawn tank he went Thursday. Friday I had eggs and removed the female. He is a blue and yellow grizzle and she is a blue and yellow DT marble. I am hoping to get more fish colored like the parents. I love the grizzle pattern and am very excited to get this pattern in this coloring. There are 4-6 weeks before I will be able to see the color and the form of the fry. This is the beginning of a new line for us so we have no idea what to expect. But, they are from the same breeder, GreatBettas, and am confident they will produce some outstanding Bettas.

On the horizon to breed are Hershey, the chocolate DT that we imported with Rags and our reds. Hershey will probably be crossed to one of the black females from spawn 17. He should bring better color and some broader dorsal bases into the line. The reds are being a real pain. They spawned when the water was real bad, got a huge spawn, and they all died after hatching. I tried to breed them again and no one is interested. Male build huge nest, female not interested.. when he get bored with the whole think she rips his fins almost all off. I may try crossing him with the Pineapple as they yellow is a related color. With so many spawns going right now I will have to wait a bit. I’m now acquiring larger tanks to grow out the 600+ fry I currently have. Time to get some more barracks built.

December 11, 2010 Posted by | Bi-Color, Chocolate Betta, Double Tails, Fish Room, Half Moon, Marble Betta, Spawns | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Another import..

We decided to get a male to go with the female on the previous post. We won her auction and posted a bid on a nice double tail mail.. but was beat out in the bidding while I was sleeping. I know better, should have just hit the Buy it Now button and been done with it. So, we bought a similar male. Huge dorsal and has a long body for a double tail. We have the pineapple here from this breeder to cross into as well so we should have some very nice fish in the Spring. I want to continue the blue and yellow marble pattern on the female. The other male had more yellow fins.. did not fade into the black edging like this male. Since I am always thinking about what class a fish could go into.. I would prefer a clean bi-color. But that can be worked on if future generations. They should be shipping to the transshipper today. I may not have them untill next week. I can’t wait!

November 8, 2010 Posted by | Bi-Color, Double Tails, Imported Fish | , , , | Leave a comment