I agree that Aquabid is the best place to go to when thinking about buying fish that most ship. Keep in mind that anyone can sell fish on there and not all sellers are top quality. Do some research and read the comments people leave. Might not be a bad idea to join the chat forum (link at the bottom of the Aquabid home page). I recommend not making impulse purchases. Learn about who you're considering buying from and more so what you're considering buying. Talk to the sellers. The reputable ones will be helpful and steer you in the right direction for your experience level, setup and water source.
Originally Posted by thekid
or aquabid.com look up pete
The "Pete" in reference is Pete Mang. He lives in New York state and fish is a major chunk of his life. I've purchased from him several times over the years. The stuff I've gotten is usually pretty good and I wouldn't hesitate buying from him again. His seller name is Lotsoffish. He gets into his auctions and when you see his auctions you'll know what I mean. You'll also notice a lot of people copy cat the style he uses and use his name freely in selling offspring of fish they bought from him. His auction usually end a little higher, but he's good at making sure you get what you pay for. Here's a link to the page he put up on Aquabid about himself. http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?justdisp&Lotsoffish
carolinagirl58, you're property looks like paradise! Who would need to go on vacation when you lived there? I agree that koi can be addicting, provided you have the space for the beasts they become. Koi have got to be one of my favorite fish. I had the opportunity to work with a private collection that was owned by the owners of an aquatic nursery I worked at for a Summer. Koi are smarter than I would have thought and each fish has its own personality and place in the school (which often is led by a big female). There were some koi that enjoyed having their backs rubbed and some that would come partially out of the water to rest their heads in my hand to have food shoveled into their mouths. Having them follow me as I walked the length of the pond (and not follow most others) did a real trip to my ego.
I lost track of where the suggestion was to put 5 female Bettas together. I've had many Bettas over the years and prefer the personalities of the females over the males. Some of them aren't as showy but they make it up in personality. The comment I'd like to add from my experiences with housing female Bettas together is that they are also territorial, but not as much as the males. If you are considering housing some together I recommend that you purchase them young (when they are still in the schooling stage of life) and from the same spawn to minimize fighting. I've had some wicked females that have killed males that I've put them in with (which was partially my mistake for introducing them before the females were ready). You can probably buy a bunch of young females for a quite reasonable price seeing the market is geared towards the males. Breeders need to thin out their spawns as they are growing and its a wonderful time to get them cheap. Once in a while you'll end up with a late maturing male (which will become obvious because of his behavior).
thekid - I've never done it myself on here, but I would think posting videos is possible. If you open a video account with something like Photobucket you'd probably be able to do it that way.