I am Chak Tongsak. I have just joined IBC this year as family member. I live in Portland, Oregon. The story: In 2011, my youngest daughter really wanted to have a puppy. We knew caring for puppy would be too much for us. So we made a deal for a smaller pet as a start. We then ended up getting 2 male HM bettas from Petco. After that 2, we were eager to get better quality and better color bettas so we decided to order directly from a Thai breeder for 3 pairs of HM. My daugther and I started breeding several HM pairs and we got many beautiful fry and grown up bettas from those pairs. We ordered few more HMPK pairs after that. We had been breeding successfully only HM bettas so far. We are currently working on 2 lines - (1) Pure Opague White OHM and OHMPK line and (2) Pure Dark Copper OHM.
Since I joined IBC, I have known several people and honestly each and every one of them has been very helpful. I am so glad that IBC has this forum set up so we can help each other and bring us closer no matter where we are.
BTW, the 2 male HM bettas from Petco are still with us and still healthy. My youngest dauther is still enjoying raising and breeding bettas with me. My wife and my oldest daughter are also helping out (since we have quite a number of bettas now)... so now it is a truly family hobby.
Also, I can read, speak, and write Thai fluently. I also know several good Thai betta breeders whom I get bettas from. In case you need help in getting your right bettas or needing help to communicate with your Thai breeder, I would be happy to help.