Originally Posted by SomeBettaGuy
Hi there babystarz, I've read some of the past post and notice you're really good with betta ocelleta since they're breeding for you all the time!
Also I am considering getting fish from Wet Spot in the near future and want to hear from you since you have experience from there.
Hey yes, I've really gotten into the mouthbrooding species. If you are interested in them, most of them are pretty beginner-friendly. Betta albimarginata or betta channoids are popular because they are small, you can keep a pair happy in a 10 gallon easily. If you do like the bigger varieties, betta ocellata or similar unimaculata complex fish are also easy to keep. All the species I've mentioned do well in a variety of water hardness conditions and they aren't quite as sensitive as some of the coccina complex species when it comes to hardness and pH. I have kept mine in natural planted tanks and bare glass bottom tanks, with lots of plants and leaf litter and they seem to thrive in all of those setups. As with all species of betta, they are prone to jumping when they get excited so it's very important to have a tight-fitting lid with any spaces covered up. And keep a pillowcase handy for anyone who jumps out during feeding time, that seems to be the most drama-free way I've found to scoop them up and put them back in the tank. I've never had any injuries happen to my wild species when they do this, and they don't do it very often. Generally it's brought on by them being really excited over special treats (bloodworms especially).
The Wetspot is fantastic, I highly reccommend them, they do an excellent job packaging their fish for shipping, better than 95% of the other people I've ordered from. They have excellent customer service too. Their fish are healthy and their experts know a lot about them. I've always dealt with Anthony in particular and he's just lovely. Their prices are reasonable but sometimes it's possible to get an even better deal from an individual hobbyist, so do shop around.
I would definitely recommend getting at least an F1 generation, meaning the fish were born in captivity and are used to humans and eating pellets. My experiences with wild-caught fish have shown me that at least for the larger mouthbrooders, they are not for beginners. They are more easily spooked than their captive-bred counterparts.