Early this morning, I picked up a small group of 3 females and a male from the LFS after seeing them there last week. They are destined for my 46 gallon tank, but it will be kept in smaller temporary accommodation for a few more weeks until my dad is back to reinforce the floor. I did some basic research through the IBC website (http://www.ibcbettas.org/smp/species/coccina.html
), but aside from a couple of unhelpful web results, didnít find much else out about them.
Has anyone owned any of this species of betta before? If so, what kind of conditions did you find they did best in? The tank (a 7 gallon filled 2/3s of the way) has lots of root-like driftwood for them all to hide in, while thereís some hairgrass and leaf litter scattered about as well. There is a small amount of dominance display between the male and females, but nowhere near the aggression levels you would see between Splendens. They are around 5 cm long, and I have back-up accommodation for the male, if their behaviour escalates.
At the moment, I have heater set at 25 degrees celsius, and have a small internal filter for water circulation and oxygenation. Iím thinking of adding some peat to the filter to soften the water since it says they prefer a very low pH of around 4-6.0. Food will be a mix of frozen brine shrimp, daphnia and bloodworms, with the occasional treat of live mosquito larvae.
I will try and get some photos, but they are still extremely shy and keep darting off to hide. However, now that my brother has installed three more power sockets into my bedroom, I think I might have to snap up a pair of Betta Unimaculatas for my 20 gallon. I have a soft spot for the wild species, but they are so hard to find around here.