Yesterday, I decided to move my group of Betta persephone into a different tank and a different place on my fish rack. A couple hours later and I had achieved my goal, though the cloudy water and stressed out fish didn't really make for a wonderful photo opportunity.
This is a smaller tank than I had intended to move them into, but it has more places for a shy fish to hide. They are still settling in today and at this point, I think I may need to replace the substrate with one that is darker as the ADA 'Africana' is not really bringing out their best colouring.
However, I am hoping that once I get the tannin levels in the tank much higher and have some java moss to provide more areas of shade and cover, the males will start to show off that eye-popping blue iridescence.
In the meantime, I will be waiting until the water clears up before I decide to try and take any more photos.
The plan is that once I purchase some more aquasoil, get some nicer pieces of wood and procure some live plants, I will be overhauling the rest of my tanks. This will be the first step towards the 'Au naturel' approach I want to take.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.