Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
I like the look of wild bettas. Most photos don't show their true colours all that well, and people tend to think they are rather drab and boring. Watching them interact with each other is interesting as well.
I did have my albis all together, so mum, dad and 20 odd fry up until the fry were a few months old. Then the tank had a lot of problems so I moved them into a proper grow-out (lost mum and dad unfortunately).
Some of my coccina complex bettas have lived in groups of around 4 individuals, but they can be particularly nasty at times. Most of mine live in pairs. Excluding my Ideii, which are known to be aggressive towards co-specifics, I've found it's much more peaceful when you have pairs of the opposite sex housed together.
Availability is one of the big factors that stops me having more species. Plus price. It can be as much as $300 a pair for some species, while even common ones such as albis or channiodes start at around $50. I wish more stores sold them here, but there just isn't the market.