Recently I paired Shiny (F1 Betta uberis male) with a sibling female and moved them into their own tank. Yesterday, I caught them spawning, with the end result being a nest full of eggs. I will say that they were pretty efficient for a virgin pair, and so far Shiny has been doing an exceptional job with the eggs.
I did manage to get a couple photos of the female in breeding dress. However, Shiny refused to come out of the film canister, so there were no photos of him.
This morning I also discovered my F1 pair of Betta sp. api api wrapping. They must have heard that I was going to be putting them up for sale next week. The fry from their first few spawns are doing very well. There's not many, but as they say, quality over quantity.
My F1 Betta coccina male also has a nest full of fry, and my Betta hendra male just bid adieu to his most recent batch.
Meanwhile, I think my youngest F1 Betta sp. api api are mostly/all female. As I'm selling their parents, I now have the next to impossible task of catching every single F1 fish and moving them in with the main group without tearing the tank apart. Unfortunately, this is the downside to keeping wild bettas in heavily planted tanks.
Because I was already down there with my camera, I got a few shots of some of my F1 Betta sp. api api males.
Because I was being sentimental, I was trying to get some nice photos of my original Betta uberis pair. Typical me, all the best photos were out of focus, and my female wouldn't even come out at all. These two are probably the oldest wilds in my fish room (not a difficult achievement at this point in time), and if the eggs from Shiny hatch, they will finally become grandparents.
Otherwise, all my young fish appear to be growing out well. My Betta brownorum pair appear to have made no further attempts to spawn, and I'm just hoping that at least one of their current fry develops the characteristic lateral green spot. I've also decided to put my Betta persephone back into the same tank as it doesn't look like they are ever going to spawn, and it's one less heater I have to be running over the winter.
Finally, I've decided that I'm going to get back into Australian natives when my fish room is set-up. I was going to start keeping/breeding killifish again, but I think I need fish that I don't get as emotionally attached to. Killifish are like wilds in that they have their own unique personalities and you start becoming fond of individuals.