Basement Bettas

Raising Show Quality Bettas

More Fish for Sale

Kinda hanging on to a few males as the show season is coming up. But have some later bloomers from spawns where I showed fish this past fall. These guys are a few young males from my metallic spawn 43. This spawn throw big finned fish that carry their finnage well, even in old age. They are late to develop as they get big, thick bodies before the finnage started to come in. I prefer that over fish that get big long fins on the smaller, thinner bodies.. seems the finnage is not as sturdy as the fins on a more slower maturing fish. We got some great multis, greens and coppers in this spawn. The females are all very balanced and I don’t think I had a bad female in the bunch. Many took placings this past fall. So here are some of they boys I have left.

Got a cute and young butterfly royal male. He still needs to do some growing, but he is on track to be a very nice fish. Not as good a butterfly pattern as would like for showing.. but form wise he is super nice and being butterfly he carries marble. He would be a nice male to bring good branching and big finnage to a marble line.

And last, but surely not least.. my metallics crossed to a royal male I got from Karen McAuley. If your into bettas you know she is one of the top US breeders right now. Her fish have great form and are sturdy.. good bodies and top lines. My metallics also have nice bodies, good overall balance and great branching. Colorwise we are all over the place. But, with the form genetics in these fish we will reel back the color to solid metallics. If your into multis or marbles these girls would be great.


January 16, 2012 Posted by | Butterfly Betta, Copper Betta, Metallic Betta, Multicolor Betta | , , , , , | 23 Comments

Fish for Sale

We currently have several nice fish for sale on AquaBid. The guy pictured here is Copper Splash. He is a very nice, show quality Halfmoon male. He matured late. The shows are done and I have already bred two of his brothers.. so I do not need him. I have a sibling female that can be ordered if you place the winning bid on him. check out his other photos as well as some very nice metallic females.

November 3, 2010 Posted by | Bettas for Sale, Copper Betta, Fish for Sale, Half Moon | , , , , | 2 Comments

Spawn 10 Update

Our 10th spawn is coming along nicely. This guy was all full of himself after a water change and snack. He is the neatest color. Copper with enough red wash to have pinkish purple tints to his fins, a butterfly pattern that is not clean so he has a ‘splashed’ look to him. He is starting to get some nice balance though this photo does not really show it.

We get a few of these ‘splash’ type bettas. They have a butterfly pattern yet have the color dragged into the white. Not clean enough to do well in the butterfly classes as there are always nicely patterned fish there, but still a very attractive fish to watch and enjoy. The remind me of the pari-colored poodles. This male is a nice dark copper that sets off the white and splash pattern very nicely.

Though most of the fish in this spawn are copper, we did get a few other colors. This is one of them. I’m going to have to get a better picture of him because he is actually a soft blue with pink in his fins. Reminds me of the colors for babies. Show wise this fish has a lot of red wash.. but we will watch him grow out and check for form. As a breeder we are always looking for the fish with the best form.. color can always be straightened out in the coming generations.
Overall this spawn is turning out nice for one we did not plan. It also crosses all three foundation fish we had. The males have great branching in their fins and so far, all have gone a full 180 for half moon. The females we are still watching.  There are some very pretty blue and white marble females that I hope will have enough branching to get to 180 as well. The female siblings to the father all had great tails and the mother not only had a nice tail, but she threw that trait in other spawns. A few more weeks and we are going to pick out our fish for the first show of the season.

February 13, 2010 Posted by | Changing Fins, Copper Betta, Half Moon, Juvies, Young Males | , , , , | Leave a comment

Spawn 10 – October 16 – Update

This spawn was my accident. See the parents HERE. I was treating 2 fish for fin issues. The male was in a mesh net in a 10 gallon with a female. He jumped out and the next morning I came into a spawn. So she was removed and I did not expect much from them because of the medications. Well, we got a decent sized spawn.. maybe 40 fish.. and they all have a nice metallic sheen to them. I have blues, greens, coppers, platinums and some creamy colored ones. This guy is one of the Coppers. Real cute but the Butterfly pattern is not very clean right now. Since the fins grow from the bottom.. I could have a better pattern in a few months. Time will tell.

Another Copper colored male. Again, we have a Butterfly pattern that is not very clean. The colored area is bleeding into the white band. And this guy has a lot of red wash in his fins. But, his tail has the first rays on the edges long and straight.. and he appears to have a few additional rays on his dorsal, making a  nice wide base. I’d like to see the first 2 rays of his dorsal longer.. but we will see how he turns out. Though not ideally colored for a show fish.. in person he is very attractive with the shadings of Copper, pink and lavender.

OK.. this is not the best angle.. and the lighting kinda sucks. These guys are in my larger 1 gallon containers with rounded corners and a kinda opaque rather than clear color to them. The containers do not make the best place for photographing Bettas so we have to live with photos like this. Anyway.. this is a lighter Copper. His color reminds me of a Buckskin color..creamy with black edging. His tail is a bit different shaped but look at the branching. I’d like to see cleaner and sharper edges on his tail.. and less red wash. But not bad for about 3 months.

Finally, a color besides the Copper. This guy is a very nice green and, if he does not lose more color, he will be patterned nicely for the shows. He even has a very nice Butterfly pattern on his fins. He wasn’t in the mood to Flare today. I will try to get more pics of him at a later time.

In person, this fellow is a very pretty fish! He is a shinny Platinum with smokey black smudges in his fins. His fins have curled some with the 2 weeks vacation and lack of water changes. That is too bad .. I don’t think I can reverse the damage. The top of his dorsal and his tail have curled rays.. and I have some bending in the anal fin as well. Even with the curling he has a nice balance.  Again, I have a color that is not easy to fit into show categories.. but is none the less a very attractive combination.

I love this 3 month age. The boys are just coming into themselves and the fins are changing every week. Although the girls come along nice at this age too.. the boys, with their new found attitudes and developing fins make for a lot of interest in the fish room.

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Changing Fins, Copper Betta, Half Moon, Juvies, Spawns, Young Males | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Copper CrownTails

ct3My son’s Crowntail spawn is coming of age and turning out nice. We have pulled a little over 80 males so far.. and there at least that many females and more developing males in the growout. We ended up going to a local GFS store and purchasing the larger deli cups just to house these guys temporarily. We turned the lights out one night and the next morning half the males were chewed up. Seems the testosterone had busted loose overnight.. and we scrambled to get that many fish into indevidual jars.. QUICK!


All of them are this copper color pictured. There are variations in the amount of branching in the tails and the length of the spikes.. but overall they are pretty much all the same. Kinda gives you a headach trying to find the ones you like in the grouwout. Already we have a couple males we would like to breed, now we are watching the females to find branching and spread in the fins to cross with the boys.

ct4 My son has been showing in the IBC New Breeder classes and doing very well. This afternoon, in Texas, his Crowntails were entered into the regualr classes. Time to see how his fish stack up against the Big Boys. As I write this we are awaiting the posting of the class winners. He choose the fish he wanted to send so we will see how good his eye is.

reno1This is the father of the spawn. I had imported some Halfmoons from Thailand and my son wanted to import some Crowntails. He got his wish as a reward for some good schoolwork and this is the fish he choose. We asked for a female sibling from the breeder. None was available but he sent a very deep bodied metallic blue/black female that he said would be a nice cross. She was so deep bodied we were concerned she could not be wrapped. Buy Henry finally found a way and we have a spawn close to 200. I would have liked to have a few closer to the father color.. but maybe the next cross.

November 1, 2009 Posted by | Copper Betta, Crowntail Betta, Young Males | , , | Leave a comment

Tri Band Copper Halfmoon

1A-1 This is my favorite male out of the Copper spawn. His fins are huge! I like the three bands of color he has. They are not contrasting enough to be a good Butterfly pattern for shows.. but I was told an entry in Form and Finage would be a better place for him. I think 3 weeks from now, when the next show rolls around, he will be past his prime for showing with these fins. So, we are looking at a few females to pair with him for a spawn. When I bred the parents I was looking for some nice, even Coppers. What I got was a lot of Butterfly patterns in Copper/White and this Punk/Lavender/White. Now that I want to duplicate this pattern, you watch.. it probably won’t show up again.

1A-2Although I love this guy, I prefer fins that are not so ‘frilly’. I’d like a flatter and crisper look to the tail.. so we will look for a female that is a 180 HM without any extra frills. Look at the huge dorsal on this fish. When faced with another Betta he can get that up way high. I hope the huge fins do not slow him too much in the breeding tank. Since I already have one spawn with the fry still free falling [tomorrow they will be horizontal] and the father of this spawn with a daughter in spawn tanks, this guy might be another week or so. I did get a glass tank made to take photos so am going to try to get a nice picture of him before the fins get wrecked in spawning. With the fish room construction going on and home schooling, I am not getting much done.. sigh

August 29, 2009 Posted by | Copper Betta, Half Moon | , | Leave a comment

Copper Spawn at 4.5 months

f2My fist spawn is 4.5 months old now. The males are really coming into their own. This has been my favorite. Big bodied and his fins have 3 bands of color on them. His tail is over 180 and although his anal fin is a bit long here, another big male looked like this then his tail went wild and he balanced out. I’m hoping this one will do the same. The 3 bands of color I found interesting so will keep him for future breeding.


This is another favorite. A nice butterfly with fins coming along real well until that big chunk was removed. The edges were red when it happened, but now are clear and seem to be healing nicely. I had planned on showing him in 2 weeks in Michigan.. but since he is another I would like to breed, it doesn’t matter if he heals or not for the show. The other really nice butterfly like him I sold today to a local breeder. In time I hope to get his offspring back for crossing back into my lines.

6This male is one of the solid coppers. He has more red in his ventral and anal fins than I would like, but is still a nice looking fish none the less. He is full HM and the edges of his tail are nice and sharp. Neither parent has red wash in them so I’m a bit surprised to see it show up in the offspring. Every male in this spawn has gone a full 180. Impressive! Even with the red wash in this fish he carries some awesome genetics and should throw some nice fish. This guy will possibly go to the show and up for auction. Will see what he does the next two weeks.

3One of the girls. She has some nice fins with good branching, but quite a few irregular scales. My favorite females are the marble and marked ones. I do have a few nice solids pulled and will possibly breed.

The pictures do not really do this color fish any kind of justice. I am trying to get a special glass tank made to get some better pictures of my fish. I need to take a trip to the library and get a book on photography for a crash course. I have played with lighting and still can’t get this color to photograph like you can see it. Guess I need to learn more about the camera too.

August 10, 2009 Posted by | Copper Betta, Half Moon, Young Males | , , | Leave a comment

Copper Spawn bring on the Shine

young Copper Male Betta
young Copper Male Betta

The first spawn I did [Copper x Copper] is also coming along nicely. This bunch, though older by a few weeks, took longer to show some maturity. A week or so ago I though I had a tank full of females. I started to jar up the bigger fish and also started doing ever other day water changes and here we now have some very nice males. This one is a solid Copper and his fins are very nice. He is my current favorite solid colored male.

01-mbf5A very pleasant suprise has been the marbles and Butterflies I have gotten from this spawn. Check this guy out. He is a Copper Marble with a very nice Butterfly patter developing.

01-mbf2Here’s another picture of him showing the marbling a bit better. I love everything about this fish and will probably end up keeping him.

01-3In addition to the Marbled Copper Butterfly I got two really nice Copper Butterflies out of this spawn so far. This guy is patterened pretty and the edges are a nice white.. not quite what the picture is showing. I’m hoping he will be showable down the road.

01-bf1And here is the other Copper Butterfly. He too is developing into a real nice fish and should also be a show fish for us. The hard part is going to be letting some of these guys go.

01-fm3We have several nice females now as well. This is one of the girls. They are getting large and some are starting to show verticle bars and flaring back at the Juvie Males. This girl is one I am watching right now.

01-mf2The Marble pattern is starting to show up in the females now as well. This was one of the first to loose some color. Not the best picture but we are showing some nice fins as well.


June 30, 2009 Posted by | Copper Betta, Female, Half Moon, Juvies, Marble Betta, Young Males | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Definately NOT losing my Marbles..

4Well, here is one of my Copper fry.. and it is marbling too. This was one of my darker Coppers and this week it has lost patches of color. This guy also has some funky ventrals.. they stick out kinda sideways and  all the rays are the same length.. like a fan. So far, it is the only one in this group to marble. I really wasn’t interested in Marble Bettas.. but here we are. Guess we will see how they all mature out and decide to keep going with them or let someone else play with them.

2Another shot of the marble pattern developing. It still has a nice copper shimmer so it might prove interesting as it grows. This bunch still has no obvious males.. hopefully they are slow maturing and not all females. lol.. And, since I have Marbles with different females, I can only conclude the male is the carrier of the gene.

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Copper Betta, Marble Betta | , , , , | Leave a comment

Coppers at 8 Weeks

f1These guys are getting big. They all have a beautiful shimmer that photos just can not get. Most of the ones I had with swim bladder issues with have righted themselves and are swimming normally. I still have a handful of fry that are very undersized.. not much bigger than say week or two week old fry. I’ve watched them and they just do not seem to feed well. I have even made sure to add micro worms that will fall to the bottom so they can feed.. and many of these smaller fry just don’t seem to get into eating.

s1This guy, however DOES get it. I swear it has doubled in size since I got it a few weeks ago. I bet it is as large as a golf ball. The bottom of this tank never has any pile of dead shrimp or microworms. If you watch, you can see him eating them as he goes. There is one in the other tank as well, but it has not grown like this one. I’m going to get a few more of them as they are kinda fun to watch as well as great housekeepers.

f7The fry are on to bigger things than bbs and micro worms. This one has a frozen glassworm. These days they are getting freeze dried daphnia, frozen bloodworms and glassworms, white worms, live daphnia, freeze dried tubifex worms and Attisons Betta Pro. I am trying to feed less at a time and feed more times. They are having to be more active in getting their foods and hopefully staying well fed yet trim. The micro worms are added in the morning for the smaller ones on the bottom and seem to make a nice snack for the bigger ones to kinda graze on through out the day.

f3We are seeing some pretty color and also starting to see some rays splitting in the tails. This is one of the bigger ones and the tail is showing some growth and the beginning of split rays. This is my first Halfmoon spawn, so I have no idea how the tails will develop. Each little development is new and exciting. And, since I can’t tell who are males or females either, we have much more to look forward to.

f4Not sure what is going on in this tail.. it appears to have some ray branching as well. Guess we are just going to have to wait and see.

May 24, 2009 Posted by | Copper Betta, Feeding, Fry, Half Moon, Two Months | , , , , , , | Leave a comment