When my Betta sp. apiapi arrived I noticed the female was particularly plump with eggs. Therefore, it was not that surprising that within only a couple of days of arrival, I caught the pair wrapping in one of the film canisters.
There are a small number of eggs visible in the nest and I am hoping that that both fish have strong paternal/maternal instincts to ensure the survival of the fry once they become free-swimming. Nothing more frustrating than when you get the eggs to hatch and one or both parents proceed to cannibalise the fry.
If this does prove to be a new species, I believe I may be the first person in Australia to not only keep them, but to also have a successful spawning. So not much pressure on me to get things right!
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.