Hope it's not too late for the contest. I just noticed it.
I'm new fish husbandry. This is my first successful time breeding any kind of fish. I don't count Guppies or Platies because it happened by accident
Mom is red and blue.. she's beaten up but survived.
Father is white with blue fins.
Put them together in a 20 gallon tank. Dad made a bubble nest in the corner and they got busy. They both swam around for a while scooping the eggs into their mouths and blowing the eggs into the nest... very loving parents. But when the honeymoon was over Dad chased the Mom away so we have to remover her from the tank.
Dad continued to scoop up eggs that fell out of the nest for 2 - 3 days. We tried to feed him but he ignored the food. About 30 fries hatched. Dad would still scoop up the fry and return them to the nest. He would chew food and spit it out for the fries to eat too. It was amazing. We feed the fries with some fry food.
We left all the fries in the planted 20 gallon tank with Dad for about a month with panty hose on the intake filter of our Eheim canister. Then we noticed that he started to chase them around so we tried to remove as many of the fries as we could. Only about 9 survived.
We added other fish back into the 20 gallon and Dad stopped chasing the remaining baby betta in the tank. Currently one of the female baby betta still lives in the tank with daddy. We left her since she seems to get along with all the other fish.
Pictures of the babies... Sorry for the poor quality (my daughter and I were in a hurry to get entered into the contest
Now I want to try breeding other fancier kinds of fish.