Well I mentioned previously that I was getting a new pair of wild bettas, but didn't want to say anything until I was more certain of what was going on.
However, if everything goes to plan, I should be having a pair of wild-caught Betta miniopinna sent from Hermanus on the next shipment into Australia.
At this point in time, it is looking like mid-January, so with the seven days in quarantine and overnight shipping, I should hopefully have the pair in my tank by the end of January.
There's not much information available about Betta miniopinna as it is quite a rare species in the hobby. It will be interesting to compare these fish to my Betta persephone as I have heard the two are very similar in appearance.
In fact I have read several sites that suggest Betta persephone and Betta miniopinna may actually be same species, as there doesn't seem to be much of a consensus about how to distinguish between the two.
If nothing goes wrong during the transhipping process, this pair will form part of my species focus group and with some luck I will be able to get them to spawn. It would be wonderful if I could start a captive breeding population for such a rare species.
Now the next species to cross off my list will be a pair of Betta coccina. I recently lost my pair to what appears to be a bacterial infection (the last time I am purchasing my wild bettas through any supplier but Jodi-Lea), and am hoping I can at least get a replacement pair before the end of 2014.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.