Unlike the majority of my spawns, my Betta coccina pair have produced predominately females. In fact, I only have one male in the F1 group. I have moved the pair into another tank so hopefully they produce a few more males. However, even if this is the only male I ever get, I personally think he is developing into an exceptionally beautiful young fish.
My intention will be to separate him out into a tank with one of his female siblings. Betta coccina is one of the species I want to focus on, and having learned my lesson about what can happen when you put all your eggs in the one basket, I would ideally like to have at least two or three sibling pairs to work with in, in addition to the original breeding pair.
I do have a large number of free-swimming Betta coccina fry in my other tank, so it shouldn't be too many months before they colour up, and I can correctly sex them. As soon as they get to a more camera friendly size, I will be sure to take some photos and share them on this site.
Betta coccina were the first wild betta species I kept. That was just over four years ago, and it marks the time I've spent with these fish. During this time, I feel like I've learned a lot, achieved a little, and made a great mess of mistakes. But there's still plenty of time to make a whole mess more!
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.