I had mentioned earlier that bettas were like potato chips, you can’t have just one. Herein lies the hobbyist’s conundrum. Before you jump into a hobby take a moment to think about how much time and money you want to commit to your hobby. Some of us are satisfied to have a few pretty fish adorning our homes. Others want to pursue the perfect fish and set up elaborate breeding programs supported by dedicated rooms and dozens of tanks (if not hundreds).
|The Dark Lord, Black Half Moon (not Melano) from StoryBettas|
I am happily at the point in my life where I have lots of free time and enough spare change that I can keep and maintain a number of fish. My first round of purchases were all multi-color fish: a red, white, & blue tri-color, a red & white bi-color, and a pale mustard gas with an aqua body and gold fins. My second round of purchases are all solids: a black, a white, a red, & a blue.
|Blue, Blue Half Moon from Paitune|
I have purchased females for each of my males and have been housing them in separate 2.5 gallon tanks. When the new purchases arrive I will move all the ladies to a sorority tank, and reserve the betta bungalows for the boys.
|Red, Red Half Moon from Paitune|
So have I thought about how far I will my hobby? This first year back I am going to limit myself to 12 males. I’m calling it My Betta Calendar. Yet to be purchased are a solid yellow, a solid orange, a koi pattern (I’m looking for the right black, orange, & white combo) and two colors yet to be determined to complete the even dozen. At least that's the plan....and yet there is that sorority tank.