Here is a species I haven't had in my fish room for a long time: the stunning and rather ferocious Betta coccina. This was actually the first species of wild betta I started off with about three years ago, and it has taken me this long to source myself a group again.
These three come from an Australian wholesaler. I received them a while ago, but they were all suffering from a very nasty ich infection when I got them and so I didn't want to get too far ahead of myself in case they didn't recover.
However, after over a week of treatment with Protozin and heat, they seem to be on the mend. After my terrible morning, it was nice to see the dominant male looking much more healthy and feisty than he was when he first arrived here.
I believe I have a female and another smaller male. While it would be nice to one day have a wild-caught pair, for now my 'aquarium strain' coccina will have to do.
Once they are completely recovered I will be setting them up a proper tank and separating out the smaller male so as to hopefully encourage a spawn.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.