It looks I'll be starting 2014 with two new pairs of wild betta: Betta miniopinna and Betta sp. wajok. I am excited to have the chance to work with both of these species as I have not had any past experience with either. Hopefully both pairs make it safely through the whole transhipping and quarantine process.
Fishwise, I am hoping that a pair of wild-caught Betta coccina become available before the end of 2014. With the death of my previous pair, they have become a species I desperately want to acquire. Coccina was my first ever species of wild betta, and one of the few from this complex I have yet to successfully spawn.
I am still missing a number of species (Betta burdigala, Betta uberis and Betta rutilans) after the lengthy struggles I've had with oodinium. I would like to see those replaced in 2014, but nowadays I've found my focus has shifted from getting my hands on as many species as I can, to slowly building up my collection with a strong emphasis on the health of my current fish.
Admittedly, one of the biggest, ongoing goals for the year, will be to get my fish rack moved and set-up downstairs. I've been talking about doing this for months, but our renovations have reached a sort of stalemate, and until the back room is finished I can't do anything. I'm only going to have a single four-shelf, 1800mm wide rack to put all my tanks on, so I have to be smart about how I use the space.
I have managed to cross one item off my list in that I have found a buyer for my pair of Betta stiktos. They should be going to their new home this Sunday, and the money from their sale will go towards the long overdue upgrade of my Betta persephone tank.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.