Originally Posted by Siggav
Just like you can get some very beautiful cats by breeding random bred cats together. There are definately "backyard" fish breeders around. It's especially bad with the bettas. The dedicated breeders have been working on their lines for years, trying to perfect their colours and fin shape and all that. There are even shows.
Then there are people who breed petstore bettas and can't cope with the hundreds of babies that can survive. Bettas are also bad because the fry needs to be seperated out quite early or they'll start fighting and potentially killing each other so you can end up with dozens and dozens of jars going everywhere with 1 fry each while you grow them big enough to sell.
Granted hobbist breeding fish and cats is quite different and fish do breed quantity over quality in nature so it's expected that a lot of the fry will die etc. I mean it is definately different but I understand the frustrations the dedicated betta breeders have.
*nods* I know, online, quite a few breeders who actually buy the show fish for breeding. I've heard of all the problems that can happen, and I just don't think fish breeding is for me, especially when there are so many people "backyard" breeding them, anyway. I don't think it would be fair if I bred them, then ended up losing half to inexperience, then not having near enough homes for the remaining, and having to probably sell them to a petshop *shudder*, because I certainly couldn't keep even five more than I have now. I simply don't have the space, time, or money needed to breed.
It'd be an interesting experience, though.