Yesterday I moved my Betta brownorum males and the juveniles (they are in a plastic container) into their new 10 gallon home. Unfortunately, it seems that I am missing a male. I had him in a breeder box and I think he must have escaped from it. I'm hoping I have just scooped him up with some sphagnum moss and he is in the tank, and not on my floor somewhere.
Meanwhile, I found my other male with a very
nasty wound on his face. He has some fin damage, so I suspect a fight between him and the smallest male. At the moment his face is swollen and it looks like the skin is slewing off. However, he is still moving around, has good colour, and doesn't seem distressed, so I will give him a chance and see if he recovers. IME, wilds seem capable of recovering from some very horrific bodily injuries. It's unfortunate that this group is just so aggressive. I'm hoping my two juveniles are female because they are in a small container at the moment and I don't want them killing each other.
I also caught my rutilans female and have her in a plastic container floating in the main tank. Her body condition is quite poor, so I think she was just being out-competed and bullied by her offspring/breeding partner. Hopefully separation and regular feeding will get her looking good again as she is one of my favourites.
Annoyingly, I'm still waiting on news regarding the plants I ordered. Based on the site info they should have been here at the end of last week. They had better come tomorrow or Wednesday, as I really need to get my new tanks ready, and I also am desperate for more cover in my other tanks.
In other news, my Betta uberis female is almost back to 100% health, and my Betta hendra group continues to do well with their velvet treatment.
To add some colour to this post, here are some photos I took this morning.
First up, is my new Betta brownorum tank (left) and my Betta rutilans tank with my female in the plastic container on the right. If it turns out I only have two Betta brownorum males left, I will divide the tank into three, and eventually release the two juveniles into one of the sections. At the moment I can't raise the water level because of the juveniles, but once they are in the main tank, I will be bringing it up level with the waterline in the Betta rutilans tank.
Then this is just a random shot of my Betta miniopinna male.
My Betta coccina tank in all its algaefied glory.
My male practising his vertical flaring skills
A male juvenile
I don't think it's coloured up despite its size because once you colour up, you start to attract the attention of the dominant pair.