Not long ago, I decided to move my Betta persephone group back into the 45 litre tank they were originally in. I laid down some ADA Malaya as substrate, and covered it with peat moss, sphagnum moss, and IAL. Every week, I add a couple bags of rooibos tea to keep the water dark, and I have some Mekong River driftwood in there to provide hiding places for the shyer fish. The only thing missing, are the plants. Mayaca fluviatilis, duckweed, watersprite, and hygrophila polysperma will be used to provide cover in the mid-upper levels of the tank. I'm just waiting on them to arrive from interstate.
It seems every time I look into my Betta uberis tank, I discover another one of their offspring swimming around. They've only spawned perhaps a handful of times since recovering from velvet, and until recently I never saw any of the fry once they left the nest and became free-swimming.
Nowadays, I have a (very) small hoard of Betta uberis juveniles that wait for me at the front of the tank every time they see me come into my fish room. Unfortunately, my male is quite aggressive towards his offspring, so they are much more cautious around their parents than young fish in my other tanks. This makes photos difficult and the above was the best I could manage. Because this tank is only small, and because my male is so territorial and aggressive, I will be moving the entire F1 group to a tank of their own, once they are big enough.
At the moment, I can only correctly sex the male in the photo above. I'm hoping there's a female in the group so I can work with this line further, as I likely won't be importing another pair of Betta uberis, and the majority of fish in Australia are from a different source to mine.
Today my three new pairs of Betta sp. apiapi and two new pairs of Betta miniopinna arrived safely on my doorstep. As always, Jodi-Lea did an excellent job getting them to me without any issues. Likewise, the fish came from Joty, and the quality is top notch as always. Hopefully I can have some photos to share in the next few days.
I got word today that the five pairs I had imported (three pairs of Betta sp. apiapi and two pairs of Betta miniopinna) have completed their week long 'holiday' in quarantine, and will be shipped out to me on Monday. They should arrive at my house Tuesday, which means I have a lot of work ahead of me tomorrow getting their tanks ready!