Basement Bettas

Raising Show Quality Bettas

Where do I get…

A lot of the traffic we get here at the blog are people looking for information or things needed to breed and raise bettas. Since I have posts scattered throughout the blog I thought it would be nice to put a resource on one page of where I have found things that I use. It may take some time to build it up and I will add to it as time goes by and I try new things.

BREEDERS – I have purchased fish from these people and/or they are regular winners in the IBC shows.

Siamimbellis – Great fish, prompt shipping from Thailand. My original stock came from him.

GreatBettas – Quality fish with great finnage and vigor. Great shipper from Thailand as well.

Mac Auley’s Bettas – American fish breeder that consistently places in the IBC shows.


Brine Shrimp Direct – Best place to get brine shrimp eggs. Get the ones with the highest hatch rate. Not worth messing with the lower hatch rates. I have a container I bought and I got great hatch rates to the end.. almost 2 years. Keep eggs in the fridge and they will last longer. I now have most of the new container in the freezer and a supply in the fridge to keep them fresher longer. Also recommend their GP foods. I have them in all sizes and have fed fry at all stages of development. They are a great transition food to get the fish on pellets.

Daphnia – Bettas love live food and the daphnia are really nice for fry. I have yet to really have enough to feed all my fish, so the youngsters make out. These guys ship fast and the cultures do well..  given proper care. Make sure you check out their beautiful Discus while you are there.

Black Worms – Bettas absolutely LOVE these things and grow like weeds on them. I have bought from these guys and have been real happy. A word of caution with these worms.. some say bettas can get Hex with feeding them. I feed these worms but I also will feed food containing metronidazole afterwards to make sure the disease does not get a foot hold in my fish room.

To get cultures of Micro, Banana or Walter worms check out our AquaBid auctions as we always have some for sale. We will be offering Vinegar Eels shortly. If you need them now just send me an email and I will get you some.


New Life Spectrum – This is really a good food. I know many betta people feed Attisons, but there was a time where their production went over seas and it did not seem to be the same food. It was a different color and fish were not wanting to eat it. With my goals in breeding bettas, I can not have inconsistencies with something as basic as my food supply, so I went looking for something else. I started feeding the NLS foods and my fish have done very well on them. They actually prefer this food over frozen food like blood worms and brine shrimp.. and that says a lot. So this is my staple diet when the fish get big enough to eat it. As juvies they are fed the .5mm size in the Grow or Small Fish formulations. As they grow, they move to the .8mm size and remain there. I have the 1mm size and it is big.. only the really mature and large bettas can handle it. Some places to get it:

Marine Depot  and AquaCave

You may also try your local pet shops.. I have one down the road I can get it from now.

CONTAINERS FOR BETTAS – When you move past a betta or two in a tank.. how do you house 100+ fish.

Beanies – a nice size for keeping bettas. I have several cases of these..

Here are a few more: Beanie ; Beanie ; Beanie.  Save your box and when you are not using the containers they can be boxed back up and put away. Pros: can house a lot of bettas fairly inexpensively. Cons: I do not like cleaning them, especially the corners.. and they need done every other week.

CCW – I have the 5 1/2″ squares and used them for my best males. Since I now have a barrack system I am using them for my show fish. Lots of room and they are separate from the shared water system.

Heating Containers – I just got these heat mats and I am really impressed with the entire thing. I have closed systems for individual fish circulating heated water from a sump. But for my spawn tanks I wanted these mats underneath so I did not have to have so many heaters to plug in and take up room in the tanks.  It took all of 5 minutes to put it together and put it under the spawn tanks. I was a bit perplexed about the probe as it can not go into the water to moniter the temp. I attached it below the water line on the OUTSIDE of one of the spawn tanks and it has kept everybody perfectly warm. WELL worth my investment. I got the 11″ wide one and ran it across my 4′ wide shelves. I put insulation under the shelf to help hold heat in towards the tanks and the entire thing has worked perfectly.


Building your own barracks

Glue /



Sponge Filters

RO Filter



2 mil 4″ x 14″ or 4″ x 12″ Poly Bags are what you need to ship to shows. My Transshipper likes to use 3″ x 14″ sized Ploy Bags to ship her fish. You can get both/either from ULine or Mid-State Plastics. The IBC shows ask you use the wider bags for the to return ship the fish as fish are easier to get into the wider bags. I am going to order the narrower ones and use them mto ship TO a show as well as for shipping fish we sell.

Heat Packs – Great for shipping fish in colder weather. We use the 60 hour ones when we ship our fish to shows or customers when the weather gets unfriendly for Bettas. The heat packs have a red line on one side that is perforated.. and that needs to be placed towards the fish or away from the box. The holes allow the heat pack to get air circulation which makes the heat pack work.

Cold Packs –

More coming as I get time to add to the page..


SITES WORTH VISITING – As I cruise the net looking for info I run across sites that may be of interest to others. Here are some worth checking out. – Found this site looking for ways to soften my water. Found it an interesting read.



  1. […] Where do I get… […]

    Pingback by 2010 in review « Basement Bettas | January 6, 2011 | Reply

  2. I am interested in the females you have. Am looking for 5-6 decent girls. Do you still have some? Thanks

    Comment by Christie Grafford | March 2, 2012 | Reply

    • Yes.. I ALWAYS have females. Got some marbles, metallics and lots of reds. If you don’t mind some torn fins can have them reasonable. Just let me know what colors you are interested in and can get some ready for you.

      Comment by Basement Bettas | March 3, 2012 | Reply

  3. Hi I’m interested in purchasing a nice pet male. Please let me know the steps for this.


    Comment by Sarah new | June 25, 2012 | Reply

    • Don’t really have anything right now. To get any fish you would purchase the fish and the shipping. Depending on the time of year shipping is either priority or express and it could run $15-$38.

      Comment by Basement Bettas | July 22, 2012 | Reply

  4. How do you get started breeding Betta?

    Comment by Katlynn | April 4, 2013 | Reply

    • Did you get a chance to read the about us on here?

      Comment by Basement Bettas | April 11, 2013 | Reply

  5. Is it possible to buy direct from you? We could drive in to S.A. I’m looking for a black/green male like one you have pictured.

    Comment by Candy P. | January 29, 2014 | Reply

  6. I am interested in a Black Female Halfmoon from you directly instead of through an auction. Do you have thumbnails of your stock? Where on your site is the process explained for purchasing fish? What, typically is the shipping cost for a delivery to San Antonio, Texas? Thanks.

    Comment by David Kay | January 18, 2015 | Reply

    • Fish I have for sale are on AB. Best to pm me directly through my facebook page.

      I work in San Antonio so arrangements can be made for you to pick up instead of ship. I do raise blacks but not sure what I have available right now. Need to look ..

      Comment by Basement Bettas | January 18, 2015 | Reply

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