I thought I might as well update my blog on things that have been happening in my 'fish room' since the last entry I posted.
To begin with, I sold my trio of Betta uberis as well as a trio of Betta burdigala to two different members of AusAqua. After some consideration, I also decided to move on my pair of Betta hendra. With the creation of a new Australian SMP on Facebook, I thought another hobbyist might like to try their hand at breeding this not so common species.
I did have one addition to my fish room, in the form of a pair of wild-caught Betta stiktos. The male is shown above, while his female has thus far eluded my attempts at proving her existence on film!
These are an absolutely stunning species, with a temperament very similar to that of a splendens.
One species that is thriving, is my group of Betta persephone. I haven't seen any actual eggs or fry produced during the handful of times a pair has spawned, and I am assuming this is down to the large number of fish in the tank.
I am considering offering a single pair of this group for sale. I think in the interest of preserving wild betta species within Australia, it is important to have as many of these fish as possible in the tanks of breeders. I always hold concerns about iridovirus and the possible ramifications this could hold for the import of anabantoids into Australia. It would be absolutely devastating if these fish were ever to become ineligible for import.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.