I had three Betta uberis siblings; two were obviously male while one I believed to be female but wasn't quite one-hundred percent on. As I wanted to sell all three, I had to determine whether what I had was indeed a possible breeding pair and spare male rather than just three males (pretty much worthless from a breeding perspective).
I put in some film canisters and thought at best I might see some courtship behaviour or get a better look at the 'female' fully coloured up.
Well the other day I noticed the male had built a rather impressive nest in one of the film canisters and he seemed rather agitated. I had a look in and discovered that he was guarding a nest of eggs.
Tonight I had another look as he seemed more defensive than usual and I can see that they have hatched and we have some tails hanging from the nest!
I am really pleased as this is the first time I have had a pair of fish I have completely bred and raised myself spawn. He is being a really great first-time father, and I will be sad to see him and his siblings go.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.