Earlier today, my Betta hendra pair successfully spawned. This is their first spawn, and the first step towards ensuring a secure future for this species in my fish room.
Meanwhile, I had my first ever batch of free-swimming fry out of my F1 Betta coccina pair. It appears that there was only a small number of fry, which is slightly disappointing, but the pair are young, and this was their first spawn in a new tank, away from the rest of their siblings.
I was left bereft after losing my group of Betta hendra to a particularly virulent strain of velvet. The new import laws had come into effect, and I was resigned to the loss of this species from my fish room.
For once however, luck was on my side.
It turns out Fishchick Aquatics had a pair of Betta hendra available, and even though I knew I was stretching the budget, I had to purchase them.
My pair arrived earlier today, and are slowly settling in. They are only small fish (just over an inch total length), and the female is still showing stress colouration. However, I did get a glimpse of my male fully coloured up, and he looks spectacular.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.