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

Red Bettas for Sale

Still have lots of fish in grow outs. I went a little nuts on the reds so have a lot of fish coming. If you don’t mind them young I can make you a deal to finish growing them out. Lots of the lighter bodied Cambodian females.. some very nice bicolors. I will be separating some of the traditional Cambodian girls out to get them ready for the shows.. but the rest are available and for sale. Many are breeding these lighter bodied females to get reds without the black layer  underneath that also give a black edged scale. The black edging counts against a fish in the shows so that is why the Cambodian based breeding. Here are some of the girls. if interested, just send me an email and we will get you some ready to ship.

The two very large spawns are out of the same female but different males. One is a sibling and the other is a very nice import I have pictured here. Love the great spread on this import and the super sharp edges and branching. I have several nice males already and plenty more coming. Most of the darker bodied ones I will be keeping for the show season but if you are interested in a red butterfly pattern I have three available as well as some lighter bodied males. Here are some of the reds I will be photographing and posting soon.

January 16, 2012 Posted by | Bettas for Sale, Red Betta | , , | 2 Comments

New Import

Love the color on this male.. just bought him on AquaBid. Got to check with the breeder to see when he will be exported to the states. I have several yellow and an orange female waiting for him when he gets here. This is the first time buying from this breeder so looking forward to seeing this fish up close and breeding him. Some Thai breeders seem to produce fish that are easier to breed than others.. will keep you posted.

May 23, 2011 Posted by | Imported Fish, Orange Betta | , , , | Leave a comment

Black Bettas

Young Black Betta
Young Black Betta

Black bettas are a difficult thing to breed. Attempting to breed nice bettas in this color is not for the faint of heart as many of the really dark black females that are Melano are sterile and spawns fail. It can be discouraging to breed and encounter so many failures so it is good idea to have another line that is easier just to have some encouragement along the way. It is also difficult to get rid of the iridescence or shine from the fish to be a good black. One of our lines produces nice metallics with a lot of black underneath, so I decided to take the most black of the group and breed towards that coloring. Pictured is one of  the first males pulled in our F1 generation. He has the metallic shimmer on his body and also into his fins.. but he is not a bad place to start. Already showing some good branching, he should mature nicely.

Young Black Betta

Young Black Betta

Another young male recently pulled.. he has more of the shine but also a deeper black. He may, in time, mature with enough shine to be shown in the metallics class. I’m please with what I am seeing form wise at this young age and am happy we have a large spawn and will have plenty to choose from for both breeding and showing. As the group matures we will be looking for the darkest fish as well as the ones with the least shine to breed in our next cross. Since we are going towards the black without the shine, in a few months we will have some very nice fish for sale.

Black FM Betta

Black FM Betta

This female showed up in our metallic spawn. She is more of a chocolate color than black, and we may have to breed towards this color as well to have breedable females. This same spawn has given me 2 very nice black butterfly males that will head to the shows in a month or so. They are more this color than the really dark black as well. Also coming along is our spawn out of the huge DT chocolate male we imported from Thailand. They have another month or so to go before we will be able to really see anything. But it looks like we will have a good selection to breed towards the goal of black bettas.

February 19, 2011 Posted by | Black Betta, Chocolate Betta, Female, Juvies, Young Males | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Copper Shine ~ Spawn 24

The copper/red-white butterfly male crossed into a very nice green multi female that was a 2nd place winner in Michigan this past spring is producing some very nice fish. We have coppers, greens, copper blacks and marbles. As you can see from the picture, they are a colorful lot. I now have barracks for 118 fish and they are all full. We have 12 females pulled, some of our adult breeders and the rest are upcoming males. And, as you can see in the photo, we room for a lot more.

 This male was the first boy out of this spawn and he is turning into a real head turner. He carries a nice wide dorsal and every thing is in balance.. the dorsal flows nicely into the tail which flows smoothly into his anal fin. Shows are still 8 weeks away so we are not gonna push growing him. Color wise he is a multi colored betta and would be shown in that class. I have a very sa-weet royal female with the broader dorsal, long body, a great 180 tail with sharp edges out of another breeding that will be crossed to him in time. That cross should get me cleaner color and back to a nice royal with future generations. We have a saying.. you build the house, then you paint it. With the bettas, you establish your form, then work on cleaning up the color. This boy, and the female to go with him, have everything I desire in my bettas.. now we refine it and go for a BOS [Best of Show].

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Multicolor Betta, Our Breeding, 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

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


If you have been reading this blog, you will know I recently purchased a Pineapple Betta from a breeder in Thailand known on AquaBid as GreatBetta. I asked for a female as well and got a great quality fish to breed with the male. I had been watching this breeders fish for a while before deciding to buy from him.. and was impressed with the over all quality I was seeing in fish after fish.

I happened to stumble across pictures of some of his fish on the web and just want to share. To see more of his fish, please check out this link.. GREATBETTA .These pictures are from his photo album. There are 34 pages of beautiful bettas. And, if you want to get one of his bettas for yourself, please check out his actions on AquaBid HERE.

For those of you wondering how difficult it is to import a fish from Thailand.. let me tell you it isn’t. A breeder like GreatBettas  exports fish to the U.S. weekly. After you pay the cost of the fish, you pay an export fee of $5. That’s right.. $5. The fish is sent to the U.S. and are received by a Transhipper. There are several in this country who receive the fish. They then unpack the fish and change their water out for clean, fresh water. The fish will be re-bagged and boxed to send to you. Most fish are sent Express mail for about $35-$42. There is the cost of the shipping as well as insulating the box. If the weather is cool the package will also get a heat pack.

You will want to be there when the fish arrive. Having them sit on a porch in heat or cold is not good for the fish. Although you will be excited to see your new fish, remember the fish is in a stressful situation and coming out of darkness into sudden bright light will increase their stress. Open the box gradually and set the bag in the water the betta will be going into to allow their shipping water to reach the same temp. Open the shipping bag and gradually add their new water to their old to get them used to the new water conditions. Bettas coming from Thailand are used to soft water so really go slow if you have harder water conditions. Allow them to get settled then feed lightly. They have been fasted several days to make the trip to you.

 On occasion the fish will not make the trip and be dead on arrival [DOA]. Should that happen do not open the bag. Take a clear, close up photo of the fish and send a copy to the breeder. Most of them will offer a like replacement or a refund of the cost of the fish. Shipping charges are not refundable. If you are worried about how often that happens.. it is few and far between. These breeders and transhippers ship hundreds of fish a month.. so losses happen.. but not often.

So how much are one of these beauties gonna cost you? On average a male like these will run $30. So to get to the U.S. it will cost you $35. Add roughly another $35 for the Express shipping to you and you have $70 in a fish.. that is not guaranteed to breed. The most economical way to get these fish if you are a breeder is to get several. You can get 4 fish in that box to you for $35.. and only have to pay that once. U.S. breeders charge about the same for a fish and shipping to you.. all there is is that $5 export fee. When you can get fish as exceptional as these.. that $5 is more than worth it!

October 28, 2010 Posted by | Bettas for Sale, Half Moon, Info You Can Use, Shipping Bettas | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spawn 17

Here is a feisty 10 week old male from Spawn 17. We are wanting to work Blacks so he will be a nice step towards that goal. He is carrying a lot of metallic.. but we will cross him with a black/metallic sister and work over the next generations to less of the metallic. I crossed his father with a female I bought from a fellow breeder that also carries black in her lines. Hoping to have closely related fish to criss-cross to get my blacks. That spawn is a week old and huge! Should have a lot of nice fish in another month or so.

October 24, 2010 Posted by | Juvies, Metallic Betta, Our Breeding, Spawns, Young Males | , , , , | Leave a comment

CBS Show Results

Here are the results of the California Show.. we did not do too bad.

Show Host California Betta Society
Show Type International
Date 8/21/2010
Judges Joe Cooper, David Spector, Eryn Rosenbaum, Larissa Williams
Apprentice Judges Britt Coffman

Group A: Regular Classes Area 1 2010 – 2011 Total Entries In Class
Division A1
: Halfmoon Non-iridescent Dark Solid Color ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place
A1. Red STM Eryn Rosenbaum Eryn Rosenbaum Eryn Rosenbaum 5
A2. Black STM Pat Henry Pat Henry Pat Henry 3
A3. Red or Black STF Jonathon Limhengco Jonathon Limhengco Eryn Rosenbaum 5

Division A2: Halfmoon Iridescent Dark Solid Color ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place
A4. Blue STM Jonathon Limhengco Pat Henry 2
A5. Steel STM Pat Henry 1
A6. Green / Turquoise STM Sherolyn & Reno Sherolyn & Reno Sherolyn & Reno  3
A7. Blue STF Jonathon Limhengco Eryn Rosenbaum Eryn Rosenbaum 9
A8. Steel STF Eryn Rosenbaum Eryn Rosenbaum Pat Henry 4
A9. Green / Turquoise STF Eryn Rosenbaum Eryn Rosenbaum Pat Henry 4

Division A3: Halfmoon Light Solid Color ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place A10. Clear / Yellow / Orange STM Eryn Rosenbaum 1
A11. Clear / Yellow / Orange STF Pat Henry Pat Henry Pat Henry 3
A12. Opaque / Pastel STM Jay Keating 1
A13. Opaque / Pastel STF Jonathon Limhengco Jay Keating Jay Keating 3
Division A4: Halfmoon Metallic Dark or Light Solid Color ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place
A14. Metallic Dark Solid STM Jonathon Limhengco Sherolyn & Reno Sherolyn & Reno 5
A15. Metallic Light Solid STM Hermanus Haryanto Peurmsak Komarajri/Dinesh Shete 2
A16. Metallic Dark Solid STF Laddayu Limprasert/Dinesh Shete Jonathon Limhengco Eryn Rosenbaum 13
A17. Metallic Light Solid STF Jonathon Limhengco Sherolyn & Reno 2
Division A5: Halfmoon Patterned ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place
A18. Multicolor STM Karen MacAuley Jay Keating Karen MacAuley 6
A19. Multicolor STF Jay Keating Karen MacAuley Jay Keating 13
A20. Dark Body Bicolor STM Peurmsak Komarajri/Dinesh Shete Karen MacAuley Michael Randall 5
A21. Light Body Bicolor STM Pat Henry Pat Henry 3
A22. Dark Body / Light Body Bicolor STF Jonathon Limhengco Joe & Amy Becerra Kit Wachara/Dinesh Shete 16
A23. Butterfly STM Kit Wachara/Dinesh Shete Karen MacAuley Jonathon Limhengco 9
A24. Butterfly STF Michael Randall Jay Keating Michael Randall 3
A25. Marble / Grizzle STM Karen MacAuley Sherolyn & Reno Jay Keating 6
A26. Marble / Grizzle STF Joe & Amy Becerra Pat Henry Michael Randall 7
Division B: Halfmoon DT Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place
B1. Dark Solid Color DTM Pat Henry Pat Henry 2
B2. Light Solid Color DTM 0
B3. Dark or Light Solid Color DTF Pat Henry Pat Henry 2
B4. Metallic Dark or Light DTM 0
B5. Metallic Dark or Light DTF 0
B6. Patterned DTM Michael Randall Jonathon Limhengco Pat Henry 4
B7. Patterned DTF Jonathon Limhengco Michael Randall Michael Randall 5

Division C: Crowntail ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place
C1. Dark Solid Color STM Hermanus Haryanto Hermanus Haryanto Jay Keating 5
C2. Light Solid Color STM 0
C3. Dark or Light Solid Color STF Jay Keating Jay Keating Jay Keating 4
C4. Patterned STM Hermanus Haryanto Hermanus Haryanto Jay Keating 4
C5. Patterned STF Jay Keating Michael Randall Michael Randall 6
Division D: Shortfin ST Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place
D1. Traditional Plakat Male Michael Randall Michael Randall Michael Randall 7
D2. Show Plakat Dark Solid Color Male Hermanus Haryanto 1
D3. Show Plakat Light Solid Color Male 0
D4. Show Plakat Patterned Male Hermanus Haryanto Yvonne Chaban Hermanus Haryanto 3
D5. Halfmoon Shortfin Solid Color Male 0
D6. Halfmoon Shortfin Patterned Male Hermanus Haryanto Jay Keating 2
D7. Traditional Plakat Female (any color or pattern) Michael Randall Michael Randall Michael Randall 9
D8. Show Plakat Female (any color or pattern) Joe & Amy Becerra Joe & Amy Becerra Joe & Amy Becerra 7

TRIAL CLASS Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place
D9. Doubletail Plakat Male (any color or pattern) 0
Division E: Breeders Division *Note: For pairs total the number of entries in each class, not the number of fish. Class winners in E Division are considerd for BOV appropriate to their respective gender and variety.
E1. Color or Form Variations Pat Henry 1
E2. Form and Finnage Michael Randall Michael Randall Eryn Rosenbaum 5
E3. Pairs* Sherolyn & Reno 2
Division F: Wild Type Betta Pairs Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place
(Not Eligible for BOS)
F1 Small / Large Bubblenesters* Hermanus Haryanto (B. rutilans) Ryan Grisso (B. burdigala) Hermanus Haryanto (B. bellica) 5
F2 Small / Large Mouthbrooders* Hermanus Haryanto (B. strohi) Hermanus Haryanto (B. patoti) 2

Best of Variety Name & Class Winner
Halfmoon ST Male Peurmsak Komarajri/Dinesh Shete – A20
Halfmoon ST Female Laddayu Limprasert/Dinesh Shete – A16
Halfmoon DT Male Michael Randall – B6
Halfmoon DT Female Jonathon Limhengco – B7
Crowntail Male Hermanus Haryanto – C1
Crowntail Female Jay Keating – C5
Shortfin Male Hermanus Haryanto – D4
Shortfin Female Michael Randall – D7

Best of Show Name & Class Winner
BOS Male Hermanus Haryanto – C1
BOS Female Laddayu Limprasert/Dinesh Shete – A16

Division G: Optional Classes (Not counted as Regular Entries)
(Not Eligible for BOS.) Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place
G1 Photography Joe & Amy Becerra Larissa Williams Larissa Williams 5
G2 Illustration 0
G3 Crafts 0

Group B: New Breeder Classes Name 1st Place Name 2nd Place Name 3rd Place
NB-1 Singletail Male Roberta Jordan 1
NB-2 Doubletail Male 0
NB-3 Crowntail Male 0
NB-4 Plakat Male 0
NB-5 Singletail Female 0
NB-6 Doubletail Female 0

New Breeder Best of Show Name & Class of Winner
BOS Male Roberta Jordan – NB-1
BOS Female

Show Information Number of Entrants Number of Entries Number of Fish
Regular Classes 210 219
Optional Classes 5 0
New Breeder Classes 1 1
Show Totals 14 216 220

CBS Show Optional Awards
Reserve Best of Variety Name & Class Winner
Reserve Halfmoon ST Male Hermanus Haryanto – A15
Reserve Halfmoon ST Female Eryn Rosenbaum – A8
Reserve Halfmoon DT Male Pat Henry – B1
Reserve Halfmoon DT Female Pat Henry – B3
ReserveCrowntail Male Jay Keating – C3
Reserve Crowntail Female Hermanus Haryanto – C4
Reserve Shortfin Male Hermanus Haryanto – D2
Reserve Shortfin Female Joe & Amy Becerra – D8
Judge’s Choice Joe & Amy Becerra – A26 “Bumblebee Betta”

Reserve Best of Show Name & Class Winner
Reserve BOS Male Jay Keating – C5
Reserve BOS Female Peurmsak Komarajri/Dinesh Shete – A20

August 26, 2010 Posted by | Show Results | , , , , | Leave a comment