My F1 pair of Betta persephone have spawned several times since I posted on the 20/6. Disappointingly, I was unable to find any free-swimming fry, and came to the conclusion that they must have been eaten by the other fish in the tank.
However, yesterday, I made the discovery of two free-swimming fry. Based on their size, they were likely from the spawn that occurred on the 20/6 or shortly thereafter. Hopefully, this means that other fry have also survived.
Sadly, my Betta persephone numbers have dwindled over the past couple of years. I did distribute a small number of F1 pairs to breeders in Australia some time ago, but I believe two or three pairs were lost, and I am still uncertain as to the fate of the last pair. At this point in time, I don't know how many hobbyists in Australia are even keeping these fish, let alone breeding them. Which is a great shame, especially if the stricter regulations regarding the importation of fish from this genus, come into effect next year.
The future of this species does seem rather grim, unless there are other hobbyists in this country actively working with this species that I don't know about. Which I greatly hope is the case.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.