Wild bettas are great. Once you get wilds you'll never want to go back to splendens. There are just so many species to choose from that there is one to suit every taste.
Got a couple more shots. The red fish is my Betta tussyae adult who lost all his spawn siblings early on and is now living with the persephone to keep it company.
Even if there isn't a lot of interest on this board for wilds, I like to get as many nice pictures of my fish out there as wild bettas often do not present well in stores or under bright lights and I want people to see how beautiful these fish truly are.
If you are after persephone, your water has to be really soft. As in pH around 5-6 (as low as possible is better) with practically no carbonate hardness.
Where they come from in the wild, the pH can be as low as 3-4 and unlike some of the hardier species of wilds they will not tolerate higher pH or hard water. They also do best in heavily tannin stained water. I have found it makes their colours really pop.
Persephone aren't too common in the hobby here. I got mine from a lady who imports bettas in from overseas. Not sure how to find them in America. One of the only people I know who actually breeds them, is Hermanus from Indonesia. Not sure if he sells to individuals though.
Got some updated pictures of my persephone. Their colours are amazing now that the water has darkened up considerably, I added some film canisters for possible nest sites and a bunch of hydrilla to provide some top cover.
Just need to fine a nice piece of wood to put in there and that will be it.
This is my rack as it currently stands. I also have three more tanks downstairs. It is quite messy, and will be coming down in the next month or so because of renovations. Going to have a purpose built area for my fish finally.
I absolutely love their long, sleek bodies. You're killing me here because I promised myself I would see if I could get some, but not until I move in a couple of years. I'm moving to an area where all the houses have well water with water softener added. Would they do ok in that kind of water? The water I have in my current house wouldn't work at all.