I've just been reading up on them and now I *really* want to keep my 5 gallon running with a pair of persephones or coccina. Le sigh. I don't think I'll be able to convince my mother than three tanks are better than two, though. :(
Also love the look of smaragdina. Maybe I'll put a pair in with my embers.
Channoides are super pretty too.
Coccina are one of the more difficult groups of bettas because they require particularly soft water and can generally be quite shy and fussy with food. However, Betta coccina were the first wild species I kept and I never had any issues as I did my research first.
Betta rutilans and Betta brownorum are more easily sourced members of the coccina comples. Aquarium Industries generally has one or both of them in stock, but there is no guarantee of a male/female pair from them if you order through your LFS.
Imbellis, smaragdina and mahachai are pretty similar in care to splendens and are not as expensive I think as the coccina complex species. If you aren't too concerned with having the purest of specimens, you can generally find them around.
I keep my smaller wild betta pairs in either 30cm cubes or 45cm long tanks. I find that is ample size for them to live in and breed.
Nah I don't breed splendens currently. I breed wilds and have started breeding killies and blue-eyes. The pair I had in the spawn tank got booted out since I got some new rainbows. AusAqua is a good forum for Aussie breeders plus everyone is super friendly.
May try and breed some fancy HMs/HMPKs in a month or so but currently I am busy with water changes and raising my other fry.
Have you ever tried Jodi-Lea/Fishchicks? I got a beautiful little DTVT off her for only $15 and if you don't want to drop $100 on a pair she has a lot of cheaper fish available that she just doesn't upload. Have gotten decent CTs and VTs from her as well.
Hey LBF, I was just wondering if you still breed splendens. The best petshop around here has closed and I'm not always happy with the quality and conditions of the others. It's also really hard to source bettas through the local club, which seems to view them as boring beginner fish, so I'm just sounding out Australian breeders for future. :)