My albimarginata (basically the same behaviour/care wise as channoides) spawned while sharing a tank with pseudomugil mellis and clown killifish. They are pretty peaceful fish. Of course now I've said that you'll probably get some pyscho pair haha
I just had some pieces of wood in my aquarium that formed sort of natural caves and hollows, and the albimarginata and channoides used to spawn/hang around that.
Don't worry about bothering me. I like talking about wild bettas so don't mind.
Luckily no foul smells so far, although I do have some funky ol' slime.
More and more I'm leaning towards the channoides as the ideal fish - pretty, docile, happy in my tank size and water parameters, only having small broods and not as difficult as some of the more crazy wilds. (Please correct me if I'm wrong!). Will they definitely be happy to share a tank with a small school of embers and pygmy corydoras? I already have the embers but I can forgo the pygmies if they would disturb the bettas. :) It looks like, if I don't go for channoides, a Jodi-Lea male splendens is the backup plan, since I've got so much mixed feedback on all the other species I've investigated.
Will channoides also be content with just a hardscape, as long as it provides plenty of shelter? Is there any likelihood of them spawning in my setup?
Sorry to keep bothering you, it's just that you are the big brains of wild bettas, and I want very much to get this right.
Yeah the market for wild bettas here is not very strong. I worry because I have a lot of fry growing out but only want them to go to experienced homes as coccina complex is not for everyone.
Channoides are pretty outgoing and docile. At least my pairs were. Gold vine will sink eventually. I like goldvine but usually it goes all slimy and smells foul for a while after being submersed. Been saving my pennies up to get one big piece to cut up and put in some of my tanks heh heh.
I love killies. Once I get a job and most importantly some money (am so skint!) I want to get back into keeping killies. I love the chromaphyosemion and aphyosemion genus or whatever they are. They along with wild bettas are my favourite fish. Just never had much luck with the darn things!
Also, your channoides may like a cave. I have found my mouthbrooders like to spawn in pots/PVC pipe tunnels etc.
No, you got me right, I was surprised by the cheapiness. I really hope that some channoides pass through - I'll snap them right up. I only hope they'll be happy in my Amazon tank. How much cover do they like? Should I build them a cave? At the moment I've only got two pieces of gold vine and a rock, with plenty of IAL. I'm kind of hoping the vine stays floating, because it looks really cool like that. Next step is to acquire pygmy cories.
I just had a gander at burdigalas - pretty!
I gave into temptation last night and bought a BN pleco (he'll winter indoors then head out to the pond during warm weather) and a trio of fundolopanchax gardnerii (two females, one male). I just cannot resist those adorable, fat, smiley faces.
Yeah, most wild bettas excluding macrostoma don't have a very high re-sale value. Plus wholesalers sell some of the wilds really cheaply. I got a rutilans male for $15 at an aquarium. I am probably going to be selling my burdigala males at around $10-15 per fish as there just isn't a massive market for them.
Male heavy spawns are a problem with this complex. I am trying to work out how to get my spawns more balanced so I can sell some pairs rather than just single males.
This is unless I missed the point and you were saying that $40 was expensive haha.
So, Jodi-Lea, that wonderful woman, can offer me precisely six bettas, which is the number I want. This is her stock at the moment:
Red HM Plakat Female $35
Black HM Plakat Female $35
Longfin blue veiltail female $15
Longfin red veiltail female $15
Dragon Veiltail female $20
Dragon HM female $40
Do you reckon I should go for it? It sounds like such a lovely variety of colour and shape.
Coccina used to be more common, but of late I haven't seen them around much. Usually I only order through Jodi-Lea as she has actual male/female pairs where a lot of stores just guess at what they are giving you.
Other beauties are Betta burdigala and Betta uberis. They are both more stunning than Betta coccina, but can also be difficult to source in actual sexed pairs.
I think Serkan (KillieorCory) used to/does breed coccina complex bettas. Maybe try and contact him and see if he can point you in the right direction. I am interstate so can't be of much use.