In the past few years, I have kept and bred quite a number of wild bettas. Everything from the peaceful and prolific Betta channoides, to the striking and sought after Betta persephone.
However, the days when I had endless (at least it seemed endless whenever water change day rolled around) tanks filled with wild bettas, are gone.
I have recently sold my breeding pair of both Betta hendra and Betta brownorum. My last remaining Betta uberis pair are up for sale, and once they have moved onto a new home, it will leave me with only three species from the coccina complex.
At this point in time, I intend on working exclusively with my persephone and rutilans sp. green lines. Both groups of burdigala have been relegated to pet status only, as I have no interest in going any further with them. I have sold a number of sub-adults from my wild-caught pair, so hopefully they go forth and propagate.
I had to admit, it was nice to only have to spend less than an hour cleaning tanks yesterday, rather than the two hours or more it used to take.
I know there will always be a part of me that is like 'Collect all the coccina species!!1', but at the present time my interests lie elsewhere.
Really, the only other species of wild betta I have any interest in adding to my collection, is Betta livida. If I could get my hands on a pair of those, I would be a very happy fish keeper.
Maybe someday I will get more fully back into keeping wild bettas. However, for now their main purpose in my fish room, is to eat me out of house and home, and pose for the occasional photo.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.