Took these photos this afternoon of my Betta hendra pair from Joty. The colouring on the male is superb, and I still think this is the most stunning of the wild betta species. In the below photo the male was guarding his newly free-swimming fry from a neighbouring fish. He has been a very dedicated father from the start and is always very protective of his brood.
Betta hendra are one of the few species where the female is almost as colourful as the male. Unfortunately, my female refused to illustrate that today by hiding out at the back of the tank. However, there are further photos of her in the blog archives and in this photo you can sort of get a glimpse of that striking vertical barring and green iridescence.
The plan with this species (if possible), is to keep two replacement pairs out of their current group of fry and use these as breeding stock along with the parents. While Betta hendra will not be part of my 'species focus' (more details on that coming in my next entry), I don't intend on losing this species from my fish room again.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.