My goal has always been to successfully spawn as many species from the coccina complex as I could - both described and otherwise. Earlier this week, I have come close, with my pair of Betta rutilans and my pair of Betta coccina both giving me successful first spawns.
Then this morning, my pair of Betta coccina provided me with further cause for celebration, by spawning again before their first group of fry had even become free-swimming.
Both males have proven to be attentive fathers, and it doesn't look like there will be any issues with things such as filial cannibalism or egg eating. Fatherhood is the only job required of my males, and so I won't use a male in my breeding program who shows poor paternal instincts.
Right now, the only species from this complex that I haven't yet bred, is Betta livida. However, I'm hopeful my pair will allow me to achieve my goal before the end of 2014.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.