At present I have a whole heap of F1 Betta brownorum juveniles and sub-adults, growing out alongside the original female. Oddly enough, it still looks like the majority of the fish in this tank are female, with only two obvious males. These two males are also the only fish in the tank that show a distinctive lateral spot.
I've decided to retain the two F1 males as breeding stock, along with the sibling female pictured below (on right). The original female will be staying as well, but will be retired from breeding as she has begun to get aggressive again with the larger of the two males.
The rest of the young fish will most likely be sold next month, once I separate them out from the main tank and get a better idea of genders. Considering how densely planted this tank is, and how elusive these fish can be, I can see why some wild betta keepers choose to house their fish in much more spartan quarters!
While the sibling female will be used as a breeding partner for the largest of my F1 males, I hope to procure a wild-caught female, to outcross with the smaller male shown in the pictures above. I am interested to see what this male can produce as he is very unlike his brother, but I also want to introduce some genetic variety into this line.
Because Betta brownorum form part of my 'Species Focus' group, I hope to have fry from my sibling pair, as well as fry from the F1xF0 (new female) crossing by 2015. The eventual goal of my breeding program would be to produce quality, captive-bred Betta brownorum with a traceable bloodline that can then be passed on to other wild betta breeders.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.